Puffins, puffins everywhere!

Visiting Puffin Island was amazing today. I don’t think I have ever seen so many puffins in, and around, the island. Here are two pictures that Felix, deckhand on Hildur, took during one of our tours today.           Halla Marín, guide.

Breaking the duck

Today I spent more time at sea than on dry land (which is how I like it) and I had two marvelous trips, first on Hildur this morning and then on Haukur in the afternoon, on our “Whales, Puffins and Sails” tours. Both trips were great! A blue whale, a humpback whale and dolphins are…

The big blue

When we headed out, on our boat Garðar, for the ten o’clock trip the conditions were quite good. After about half an hour we found a humpback whale, this one lifted the fluke really high. It came up several of times pretty close to us but we decided to leave it to take a look at…

Plenty of whales and beautiful weather

Todays weather was great, as it has been the last few days. This is a great change from June which was cold and wet. The whales are still here and today I saw two humpback whales, a blue whale and a lot of white-beaked dolphins. We got word from the other boats that there were…

The right place at the right time.

This headline is a phrase I use every time at the beginning of every trip. I also like to use the phrase: “It’s like a throwing a dice, you never know which side will turn up.”  This is so true about whale watching.  You might start off in excellent weather hoping the best and return…

A glimpse of a Blue Whale and the Sun

In our morning trip we got a call from the Schooner Hildur, which was located close to Lundey island on an NS-2 trip and they reported a blue whale and a fin whale! Our boat Bjössi Sör, after having watched a humpback for a while headed north to Hildur and the blue!They managed to see…

Again with North Sailing – two years later!

Today we saw three humpback whales and some families of white beaked dolphins out on Skjálfandi bay. The weather was better than I had expected and the sea almost all flat. As I asked the people onboard my boat, Garðar, if anyone had been whale watching before, one lady step forward and told us that…

Sunny Mountainside

Today was foggy out on Skjálfandi Bay, but luckily we ran into two humpback whales in the middle of the bay. Both were busy feeding close to the surface and diving very rapidly, lifting the fluke almost everytime, but only diving for a minute or so – just the perfect humpbacks to watch. After having…

Incredible whales in good weather

Ok, so maybe generally speaking todays weather isn’t that great, but compared to the weather we’ve had through most of June it was great. I managed two trips without putting on the windbreaker, hat and gloves. The trips themselves were pretty amazing as well. The first trip I went on Náttfari with cpt. Hrólfur, engineer…

A little rain, but many whales

Whale watching today has been good, cloudy and grey, sun bursting through from time to time, but mostly grey and even a little rain. Three species have been spotted today, humpbacks, minkes and white beaked dolpins. The dolphins were quite playful, jumping and splashing around and even playing with the humpback. The humpback was very…

Another incredible day with amazing whales.

Today was another amazing day. I had two trips today and both of them were absolutely fantastic. On the first trip, the first animal we saw was a sei whale and today was the first time I have seen a sei whale in these almost three years I’ve been working as a whale watching guide. We then…

Great whales in great weather

Today was really great. It was the first time in a few weeks that we had good weather and in fact it was so good I managed to go the entire first tour without putting on my hat, gloves or windbreaker. On the first trip we found an incredibly calm humpback whale not far from…

Whale Watching in Ólafsfjörður

On the morning of the 1.st of july the whale-watching trip from Ólafsfjörður proved to be a success.  In beautyfull weather close to the impressive cliffs at the bay opening into Eyjafjörður the blow of a hump-back whale was visible.  The spout blowing in the wind was just a small preview of what was to…

Wet whale watching

The weather today was pretty horrible; cold, windy and it rained hard. Despite this we sailed into the bay with some passengers today. After sailing for a short while we managed to find a blue whale and some white-beaked dolphins in the same area. While we were following these whales around we ran into two…

Blue Whales in Wintry Conditions

Today was cold and stormy at Skjálfandi Bay, but out we went with our boats Náttfari and Bjössi Sör. All of our passengers were informed about the conditions, about the bumpy sea and pouring rain. After about half an hour sailing we spotted the first blow – and there were just about to become several…

Four species and calm weather

Today the sea was very calm and conditions for whale watching were really good.  We saw three species at the 10 o’clock trip, first off all a humpback how was taking it easy in the calm weather. Next we saw some white-beaked dolphins but they were quite far away so we chose to look at…

Bay full of blues

No, B.B. King is not touring Iceland. Skjálfandi Bay is currently full of blue whales today I went out on two tours, saw many blue whales, some white-beaked dolphins, and two minke whales. Both tours were absolutely amazing. This is my third year working as a whale watching guide and the blue whales still leave…

Two blue whales and a breaching humpback

For the ten o’clock trip this morning there was so much attendance that we went out on two boats, Náttfari and Knörrinn. There wasn’t sun but the sea was calm and little wind. On Náttari we set our course northwest because we had heard about some blue whales a bit far out there. Soon we…

Absolutely amazing day at sea

Today was my first trip after a short vacation and it was spectacular. At first we had some minor technical difficulties with Náttfari(a fuse that needed to be replaced I was told) but that was quickly taken care of by our skilled crew and we were on our way into the bay. As we were…

Blue whale seen from the air!

The largest animal on Earth, the Blue whale, was photographed from air this morning.  In addition to the boats of North Sailing going out for whale watching, Heimir Harðarson and Mark Carwardine flew over the bay and shot these photos here below.     North Sailing’s boat Náttfari out for whale watching.  Obviously there is…