Minke and Humpback Whales

There is still an impressive number of humpback whales in Skjálfandi bay and on some of our tours during the last days, we also spotted several minke whales in the same area where the humpback whales have been feeding. Yesterday morning we got a really nice close-up look at both minke and humpback whales, whereas…

A perfect day for whale watching

Today we could not have asked for better conditions for whale watching, it was absolutely fantastic! Me and captain Hrólfur went out on Náttfari with 30 passengers and as we left the harbour the sun was shining and the Creek Mountains were just stunningly beautiful. After only about 20 minutes we saw the first spouts…

Nice porpoises and a well-known humpback

The sea was almost as flat as a mirror when we headed out into Skjálfandi Bay this morning. Our first whale encounter today was a really nice group of four harbour porpoises, surfacing right next to the boat a few times. We got to see them very well, which is quite rare, as these small…

Whales in beautiful autumn weather

We had amazing weather conditions today, it was an absolutely beautiful autumn day here in Húsavík: The sun was shining during both trips and we had almost no wind – perfect conditions for whale watching.   After sailing for about half an hour in a northwesterly direction, we spotted a powerful blow in the distance:…

The return of the dolphins

The humpback whales were still in the same area like the last couple of days, in the northwestern part of the bay, close to the mountains.   We took a good look at two humpbacks on the morning tour, but there were at least two more individuals a bit further out.   In the afternoon…

Konni and friends

On both trips today (10:00 and 13:30) we found several humpback whales and we counted at least six individuals in the bay, most of them a bit closer to the mountains (further west) than yesterday.   One of the humpback whales that we are watching these days is actually a very special one: We call…

…..and the festival goes on

Very similar to yesterday, we had some really nice minke and humpback whale encounters. Today the whales were even a bit closer to Húsavík, so it took us only about 40 minutes until we were in the middle of a feeding party with two humpback whales and two minke whales enjoying their breakfast close to the…

Humpback whale festival!

Today was the first day after the storm and we were happy and excited to head out into Skjálfandi Bay again in search for the whales. The weather was really nice today, and the sun was shining almost all day long.   We left the harbour at 10:00 full of optimism and the first whales we encountered…

Baleen whale day

We left the harbour at 10:00 onboard “Náttfari” and started to cross the bay, sailing towards the north-western part, where the humpback whales have been feeding the last couple of days. The sea was very calm today and we had excellent whale watching conditions. As we reached the area, after about 45 minutes sailing from…

Killer Whales!!!

To make it short: Today I had one of the best trips since I started guiding here in 2009! About 20 minutes after we had left the harbour, we saw a very high dorsal fin in the distance and after a few seconds it became clear that it was a male killer whale surfacing! (The…

Minkes and Humpbacks

After our successful day yesterday we went out again onboard “Náttfari” and set the course into the same area where we had been yesterday. It took us some time, but after a little while of searching we were rewarded with two minke whales. The minkes were unfortunately not really cooperative, but while waiting for one…

Three species after the storm

We finally went out again in search for the whales today and as always after a storm, we were quite excited. You never know what to expect on the first trips after a bad weather period, so we set out at 10:00, full of optimism. The weather was beautiful, the sun was shining and a…

King Winter takes his Toll

As I wrote yesterday, winter has arrived here up in the North. Not only are there tourists ‘grounded’ in their guesthouses all around the country, but thousands of sheep are lost as well on the Northeast Highlands. Now is the time of year when sheep are rounded up and herded back to sheep cotes to…

Winter is here

Winter is here! A bit early though in our opinion. The Beautiful Creek Mountains have put on their winter suit. The sea is rough and Kári is blowing from the north. Kári is another name for the wind, in icelandic. The Grímsey wave buoy tells a wave-height of 8 meters. There are few people around…

September has arrived

September has arrived here in Húsavík and the first snow has fallen on the mountains, which look very beautiful these days.   Very strong wind from the north-west prevents us from going out today, but the last couple of days we have had great success: There are still a lot of humpback whales around here…

The last trips for “Garðar” this summer

We left the harbour at 10:00 onboard “Garðar” this morning and set the course north-west, towards Flatey island. We were sailing for about 45-60 minutes when we spotted the first spout and we soon realized that there was not only one, but at least 4 or 5 humpback whales around. In the same area we…

Submission to the Strong Forces of Nature

We do like to go out sailing and watch whales. That’s a fact. However, there are forces so strong that sometimes prevent us from doing so. This morning the waves were churning and there is a lot of fresh snow on the mountain tops.  It seems like Old King Winter slowly is awakening from its…

Two breaching species and bottlenoses

About 130 exited passengers went out on Garðar this morning, we didn‘t know at that point but we were in for a treat. To begin with we found two Humpback Whales travelling together, they came close and everything was going as according to plane. In a distance we spotted group of White-beaked Dolphins who were jumping…

Humpbacks playing the main role

The humpback whales are still playing the main role here in the bay, and today they have been seen on all our tours.   On the morning tour at 10:00 we set the course north-west, as we heard from “Bjössi Sör” (they went out at 8:50) about two very nice humpback whales, swimming together close…

Four Species (part II) and a Puffin!

Today, as me, guide Baldur and the rest of the crew headed out on Skjálfandi Bay, it did look quite chilly and grey. The clouds were low and the air was foggy.Despite of the cold there were 104 passengers more than willing to head out with us in search for whales. And as a matter…