Breaching minke in a very shaky bay!

Today I went out two trips, the first one with captain Þórunn (my sister as well 🙂 ) and we saw three humpbacks and one that was lobtailing two, three times! In the end of the tour it was starting to get a bit bumpy on the sea and obvious that the wind was increasing.…

Cosy Sunday

Today was an excellant day to enjoy the beautiful scenary and wildlife in Skjálfandi bay. Several minke whales and at least 3 different humpback whales were spotted plus some porpoises. There were several special moments worth mentioning f.ex. when a humpback whale breached over 30 times right next to our boat Snorri! On my trip…

A quiet night of humpback whales

The evening trip this Saturday belonged to me. I left the harbour with captain Hreiðar and 10 passengers on Bjössi Sör, leaving behind us the noise of this year's town festival. We were also the only boat out in the bay this evening which gave us extra pressure. Hreiðar and I had just returned from…

Swells and humpback whales

Yes, the weather got a lot better today. I only went out once to today on Knörrinn with captain Hjalti and it was still quite bumpy as the sea always takes some time to calm down after a storm like yesterday. But the main thing was that we saw whales and I had really a…

Safety drill and a visit to the Whale Museum

  Guides and captains onboard Náttfari today The weather today was a bit winter-like. The wind was way to strong for us to go out whale watching and the sky was pouring, both rain and hail. Yes, hail in the middle of the summer. That's Iceland. But although all the boats were tied to the…

Breaching humpback whales

It seems like the humpback whales have no reason to leave us, there must be at least a dozen of them in the bay. On my earlier trip we saw two humpback whales quite close to each other and once we were getting closer to them one breached twice and a few moments later the other…

4 species in one trip!

Not every day that you can see 4 species of rorqual whales in a single 3 hour whale watcing trip! But that was the case in the evening tour tonight (sunday evening 19th of july).  We spotted altogether about 5-7 humpback whales but on top of that, a fin whale (second largest of all animals)…

Whale party this weekend !

  Today has been great here in Skjálfandi Bay! There are whales basically all over the bay, everywhere I looked I could see blows, black backs or flukes… a real party!  I went on two tours today and in the first one we came across two humpback whales that were swimming side by side and…

A blue whale or a fin whale?

I just came in from a whale watching trip on Haukur with captain Gísli and it was really really nice. Just one or two miles out of the harbour there are basically blows everywhere you looked. All the blows from humpback whales that seemed to be feeding in the area. We started the tour though…

The guides meeting

  The chef onboard Haukur, guide Nils Last Tuesday all the guides of North Sailing were meeting for dinner and chat onboard Schooner Haukur. Nils, guide on Haukur, cooked lamb for everyone and then we shared tips and experience with each other. The atmosphere was nice and it was really great to meet up all together which we rarely have…

A fin whale in the bay

The last two days a fin whale has been spotted in the bay. The fin whale is a rare sight in Skjálfandi bay and was only seen on one tour last year. Two days ago it was only seen from a distance and quite hard to approach but yesterday we had great success and the fin…

It just keeps on pouring…rain and whales

Even though the last days have been a bit rough weather wise, with drizzling rain and a shaky surface, every tour has been successful ´whale wise´. Today I went out with my brother Heimir as captain and it was quite a movement out there but our passangers left with happy faces even though some got seasick…

A humpback breaching in Skjálfandi bay

The weather today was murky, windy and wet when 78 brave passengers and 5 crew members set out on Náttfari at 13:30. But our bravery was well rewarded when we found a humpback, the second humpback of the trip, breaching in front of the boat. Even when we got closer it kept on breaching (nearly its…

The Humpbacks and the waves

When I woke up this morning and heard the rain slamming on my window I quickly jumped out of bed and looked out. It was foggy, wet and windy.. truly a great day for whale watching!! Inspite of the weather a decision was made about going out at 09:00 to „check it out“. To see…

A humpback lunge-feeding

Today was a good day in the bay. The weather was a bit on the downside, a bit of wind, raindrops now and then and also some fog, but our brave passengers did not let that affect them and were awarded greatly!   For most of the day we saw several humpbacks, including one which…

A beautiful day

I really enjoyed myself today, it was sunny and the humpback whales were amazing. They seem to be really calm these days and making a show almost every day. I had two trips today on Náttfari with Gylfi, Siggi and Ármann who's a new guide in training. On the earlier trip we had one humpback whale swimming alongside the boat for…

The Basking Shark in Shaky bay

  The basking shark. Photo: Birgit F. Unger.   My second trip, with my father Hörður as captain, today in the fog was something I'll never forget and probably never experience again, but never say never! I always say to the passengers when we´re heading out that every trip is unique and this was no exeption.…

A foggy minke whale day

When I went out this morning at 9:00 it was so foggy I was pretty sure we wouldn't find anything. But we took our chances, went out in the hope of running into something. And we literally had to run into something because it was no chance of seeing anything from a distance. And that is…

A humpback whale day

There were at least four individual humpback whales in the bay today. I went out twice today and on my earlier trip we saw two side by side, one of which I recognize from the last days, and then we saw the third humpback whale a bit further away. On the same tour a group of white-beaked dolphins were seen and…