An unsuccessful day

Today was not so good. I had two trips, both with Britta, another guide here at North Sailing. We saw practically nothing all day.    In the first trip I caught a glimpse of a minke whale. I only saw it come up to breathe two or three times but then we lost it. The…

Hard-to-find minkes

This morning was a bit rough. The whales were nowhere to be found at first, not close to the mountains like they were yesterday. We went out far north on the 10 o‘clock trip to try and scout the entire bay and eventually we saw whales far in the distance. When we arrived we found…

Minkes in the sunshine

Today was a difficult but rewarding day. I had two trips, the 10 and 13:30 o‘clock. Both trips were pretty similar; We had to travel very far south in the bay, practically up against the mountains, to find the whales. One whale even went so close to the cliffs that the boats could not follow…

Minke whales and…. A humpback whale!!

Today was absolutely a lot better than yesterday. The wind was calm and the suface completely smooth so the searching conditions were excellent. And we didn't have to go far befor we had luck. Náttfari was already out when me and captain Heimir went out on Knörrinn. And they had spotted a large group of…

A difficult day

This day was definitely not the best I've had. I did three tours today and I was really close to seeing nothing on all the trips but somehow managed to get luck in the end of all of them. On the first tour me and captain Hreiðar had been sailing for almost two hours when…

The minke whales playing the main role

Like in the last days the minke whales are playing the main role in the bay. The weather has been on our side in the last three days so the bay has been really beautiful. Apart from a bit of rain today it was indeed a good day with minke whales. On both my trips…

A beautiful bay with minke whales

I only had one trip today, the one at 17:00. And when I came to the pier the crew from the last trip was really pessimistic because the tour had been difficult and they thought that the minke whales were just leaving the bay. So we went out believing that this would be a difficult…

Tricky minkes

This was acutally a bit tough day. In the afternoon it was getting a little windy and the searching conditions were hard. When I came to go out at 17:00 with captain Þórunn we heard from Knörrinn that they had been out for almost two hours without seeing anything. So we decided to head to…

Minke whales and the botttlenose whale

We had not gone far out today at 10:00 when we spotted a minke whale. Both me and captain Hörður on Snorri and Náttfari started to follow this minke whale. And we followed it for all the way to Puffin Island. It just kept on swimming north but at one point it was so close…

A beautiful final evening trip.

I was out again today after a few days off. Although it was cloudy it was totally calm which was nice. On my earlier trip we saw a group of dolphins that played around the boat for a while. Then we saw a lot of harbour porpoises that were, amazingly, pretty calm. And then even…

Mostly minkes

There is still no sign of the humpback whales in the bay but the minkes are doing a great job of keeping the show going on their own. The weather has been great for the past few days. Today we had slow northern winds but the sun was shining which kept the temperature up. Some…

A mixed day

During our first trip today I was certain it was going to be a bad day. We only found one minke whale and we were only able to see it twice. We returned to harbour not too happy but at least we had found a whale. But my second trip of the day however was…

A lot of minke whales in Skjálfandi Bay

I‘ve been on two tours today, at 10:00 this morning and then again at 13:30, and were both of them very successful. In the morning we spotted several minke whales close to the mountains in the western part of the bay after an hour of searching. It is sometimes very stressful in the beginning of…

Minkes in great variety!

The humpbacks are still absent from the bay but we have fortunately had lots of minkes. The minkes are harder to tell apart so we are not completely sure how many there are in the bay. Last night we saw a couple of tiny minke whales; One was smaller than average but compared to the…

Minkes and Northern Bottlenose

Today was nice and sunny and very much appreciated by the crews to get the south winds blowing again after the chilly northerly winds for the past days. On my two tours today, we spotted several minke whales and harbour porpoises in the western part of the bay and  in the first tour we even…

Ups and downs

I went out on the two last trips today. And these two trips showed extremely well how different each tour can be. The earlier, at 17:00, was a really good trip. Me and captain Bjarki went out on Knörrinn with a group of cheerful Spanish people. It was getting a bit foggy by then but…

Minkes, humpbacks and rain again

The nice weather only lasted one day, this morning it was raining and foggy again. So I wasn't very optimistic when me and captain Þórunn went out at 9:00. But despite the fog we saw one minke whale and we could follow it for a little while and it always came up next to us.…

A breaching bottlenose whale!

  The odd looking bottlenose whale © Sergio Lardiez          Finally it cleared up and stopped raining. I had three tours today, all of them really successful and nice. On the first tour we saw a humpback and another whale that we weren't sure what kind was because we just saw it quickly. It looked a bit…

Humpback with Mouth wide open!

Yesterday was special for me. The bay has been rather quiet for the last few days and the weather has been a bit gray although we have managed to find the whales in every trip so far. So I was feeling somewhat pessimistic when going out for the 8:30 trip yesterday morning and me and cpt. Hjalti…

A strange humpback whale

It was a bit strange day. It went from being really special to being a bit dull. Bibbi and Hjalti had a unique tour at the beginning of the day with a feeding humpback whale and I think bibbi is going to upload photos from that trip tomorrow. Also I heard that on one trip,…

A wet day with minke whales

Well, I have to say, I've often had better days in the bay. It was raining the whole day and the whales were hiding from me. On my first trip with captain Hreiðar we were almost four hours on the trip, instead of the regular three hours. The reason was that we had been traveling…