Bad weather in the North of Iceland

Today the weather has prevented us from going whale watching, a state of “bræla” as we say here in Iceland. Strong winds from the north along with heavy rain and low cloud cover make an uninviting situation out in the bay. Tomorrow‘s weather will in all likelihood be just as bad but we are hopeful that…

The great skua in action – Cool pictures

The sky was a bit grey today but fortunately it didn’t rain a lot. The humpback whale from yesterday had already left the bay when we went out this morning but the minke whales and the white beaked dolphins haven’t gone anywhere and we had great success with them on all our tours.   In…

Success despite thick fog

A thick fog lay over the bay when we went out this morning, and I wasn’t especially optimistic for the first tour.  We however quickly got reports of White Beaked Dolphins, and managed to stumble on a group of them as well, although they quickly got lost.  We drove on, and as we got closer…

Sightings and pictures from the last few days

We’ve been experiencing a rather stiff northern breeze these last days, but the weather has never reached the point where it was too bad to go out, and sometimes it’s even been pretty good despite the wind.  It hasn’t hindered us in finding the whales either, and we’ve gotten lucky with plenty of Minke whales…

Plenty of sightings in lovely weather

We were lucky with the weather today, and sightings were good as well.  The weather was mild early in the day, and visibility was rather good.  On both the tours I went on with captain Hreiðar, the Minke whale was not far away.  We got a very close look at quite a few Minke whales…

Not the best weather for whale watching

…but we managed all the same! The weather today started out rather rough, but it did improve a bit over the day.  The sea smoothed out at least, but then again it did start raining later.  We found two Minke whales in the morning, feeding close to a large mixed group of birds.  Fulmars were…

The BLUE WHALE back in the bay!

Last night the crew and passengers on Bjössi Sör hit the jackpot when a BLUE WHALE came into the bay again. There has been some time now since we’ve spotted blue whales but this just shows how unpredictable the wildlife can be. Some white beaked dolphins and minke whales were also spotted on the tour.…

Minke whales and dolphins playing

The calm wind from last night didn’t last long, it was blowing from north west this morning but it wasn’t too strong though, all right to go whale watching. Too my surprise nobody got seasick so everybody enjoyed themselves. The life in the bay was similar as yesterday, not difficult to find a minke whale…

More minke whales

It was getting a bit windy when me and capt Hrólfur went out at 17:00 but it calmed down again in the evening. The day has been pretty much like the last days. There are a lot of minke whales in the bay and some of them are really easy going around the boats. On…

Breaching minkes and dolphins

The weather today was a bit rough in the 17 o’clock tour, but got better in the evening.  To start off the former tour, me and the captain saw a Minke whale breaching in the rough seas, but not many of the passengers caught it.  We waited around but didn’t see it again, so we…

Minke whales and white beaked dolphins

The day has been pretty much like yesterday apart from the fact that the humpback whales haven’t shown up again. But there are plenty of minke whales around still and groups of white beaked dolphins traveling around as well. The weather has been quite neutral, the sun didn’t shine today but the wind was calm…

Four species today

Finally some humpback whales found their way into the bay, the schooner Haukur found two humpback whales this morning and they were seen on three tours today. But unfortunately they didn’t stop for long, when I went out at 17:00 they were already too far out for us to reach them. It didn’t matter much…

Dolphins and some new minke whales

Today was a little bit colder than the past few days, with the wind picking up around midday. None the less we were able to spot white beaked dolphins in the morning trip and minke whales all day. Some of the minkes were new to the bay, including one that seemed tobe rather young and…

Great weather with minkes and dolphins

Today was another great day for whale watching. Still waters, no wind, warmth and cloudcover gave the perfect conditions for spotting whales. First whale of the day was a minke whale which was very friendly. It came very close to the boat, diving under it and always resurfaced close to it again. Then we went…

Close knit minke whales and puffins

Calm waters and a little cloud cover made today an excellent day for whale watching. The 13:30 tour spotted a minke right in the vicinity of the harbour which was a little difficult to keep track of, moving in every direction and changing course in an instance. But with a bit of patience we could…

Dolphin show on a windy day

Today started out with rough weather which prevented us from going out on our first 3 tours. But calming down as the day drew on, we were able to try our luck in the afternoon. We found some minke whales which were a little difficult to follow but we managed to see quite well. Then…