Safety training

Today the strong northern winds made us incapable of going whale watching. The wave buoy close to Grimsey Island showed 3.4 meters at the highest and the rain was pouring. Still we showed up for work, since captain Hrólfur had called us in for a safety training. We carefully went over the safety equipment on…

Over and over again

One of the things I love about being a whale watching guide, is the excitement and joy I still feel – in every single tour! If anything, it only gets better. I started working as a guide in 2001 and of course I am loaded with great memories of both great whale watching tours and…

A curious humpback

Today I went out with captain Hrólfur and the rest of the crew on Náttfari for both 10:00 and the 13:30 tour. The bay was calm and about half an hour after leaving harbor we encountered our first humpback. As in the blog posts from the last days the humpbacks have been ruling the bay,…

Skjálfandi Bay at its best!

At 10´clock we left Husavik harbour and headed west, direction of the beautiful mountains across the bay. Unfortunately they were shrouded in white fluffy clouds. After a short while we sighted a big blow ahead and when approaching we saw a big splash after which the front flipper became visible and the Humpback whale started…

The Humpbacks Rule the Bay

Two trips behind me now, the 10 o’clock and the 13:30. I had the priviledge to go along with Guide Sabrina and we handed the Microphone between us frequently. It turned out that she is an excellent Guide to say the least, her knowledge goes way beyond mine in so many ways and I did…

A sleeping humpback whale

The weather conditions were fantastic when we left the harbour this morning: The sun was shining (we had up to 21°C in Húsavík today), the sea was calm, and our crew was optimistic that it would be a good tour….and we were right!   It started with a humpback whale that was spotted not far…

The Blues are back!

Today was great. In the 10 o’clock trip we had a very close encounter with 3 Humpback Whales. They were so close to land that we had a lot of time to spare and took the detour to the Puffin Island, something we usually don’t do in the 3 hours trips. The Sail Boats on the other…

Whales, dolphins & more!

It was a bit windy this morning, as me and captain Hrólfur headed out on the Skjálfandi Bay, looking for whales. We managed to take a good look at a humpback whale, while seeing more blows in a distance. In the 13:30 tour, the bay literally came to live! How wonderful! There were birds feeding…

And the whale festival goes on!

The bay was busy this morning. We first met a sleepy Humpback whale which we left resting after having seen him, or her, surface a couple of times. After another 10 minute sail we saw some White-beaked dolphins, around 20 of them, adults and calves together. They were speeding and changing direction quite a bit…

Friday the 13th

Even though it was a windy and wavy morning, the 10 o’clock trip was fun, nice people onboard, and the whale watching successful!   I went out on our biggest boat Garðar this morning. The weather was clear sky but it had already started to blow up out on the bay. We went straight out…

Blue whales in Ólafsfjörður and Northern bottlenosed whales in Húsavík

Apart from the usual suspects this was a great day for whale watching both in Skjálfandi bay (Húsavík) and Eyjafjörður (Ólafsfjörður).  Northern bottlenosed whales were spotted in Skjálfandi bay and now two blue whales turned up just outside Ólafsfjörður and entertained 18 lucky passengers who had just been watching several humpback whales when the huge strokes from the…

Humpback whales and White beaked dolphins

11.07.2012 Today me and captain Gylfi went out on Garðar at 10 o’clock and at 13:30. Both of the tours were very successful and the weather was amazing, calm and sunny. In the first tour it didn’t take long until we spotted some White beak dolphins. Later we found four nice Humpback whales in the…

“Kúti” and friends

We went out at 10:00 this morning with a big group of british tourists from a cruiseship that has been in Akureyri today and the tour started off really well! I had just finished my introduction speech, when captain Hrólfur told me that he had seen a blow, just a few minutes after we had…

Humpbacks from the first 10 minutes!

The 10 o’clock tour started very well, not even 10 minutes sailing out of the harbour we saw a Humpback whale which was feeding. Slowly swimming right under the surface and coming up the breath regularly, giving us a wonderful view of the dorsal fin and long white flippers. After spending some time with this…

Countless humpbacks

Today Garðar went out on two trips and these two were no exception from last week! A bay full of humpbacks that were feeding and some of them even breaching and lop tailing. The crew felt as we were barely out of the harbor when we found the first humpback and after that it was…

Whale watching in beautiful weather

Both our trips on Garðar today were very successful. First we saw around 5 Humpback whales feeding in the middle of the bay and later we found two Minke whales, also feeding and one of them was quite curious and came really close to the boat. On the way home we found one Humpback laying…

Blue whales, Fin whales, Humpback whales and Dolphins

Yet another amazing whale watching day. 6 species altogether including two the largest of them all, the blue whale and the fin whale. Those two species were though not seen on all the tours but humpbacks were definitely playing the main role today. Up to 15 different humpbacks in a relatively small area, some of them…

Blue Whale in the bay!

The days are just magnificent! I have done now one trip today, and had an excellent encounter with Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. I had the privilege to sail with Silja as 2nd Guide and we had a great discussion and shared opinions and experience. This is becoming more and more frequent, two Guides going on…

Guide in training

Today was just an ordinary day. The weather was a little gray this morning and a little drizzle when we headed out, but Whale wise it was just great, Humpbacks, Minkes and Dolphins and all very close to us. The afternoon trip was just about the same, only a little sunnier. So nothing to complain…