Four species on one trip

Just a few minutes after we had left the harbour, we saw some black dorsal fins in the distance and as we got closer we were surrounded by group of white-beaked dolphins….quite a good start for our tour. After a while, we sailed further west and as we got closer to the fish rock (“Skerið”),…

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Perfect whale watching

Today was just a fantastic day for whale watching in Skjálfandi Bay: The sea was almost as flat as a mirror and the bay was full of life. On the morning tour we encountered a humpback whale just about 20-30 minutes after we had left Húsavík harbour, a bit south of Lundey, the puffin island.…

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Five Humpbacks and a Big Blue

We had two very nice whale watching tours today with fantastic whale encounters:On the morning tour we found the two humpback whales again that have been around the last couple of days (usually quite close to the mountains in the western part of the bay).   In the afternoon we found three different humpback whales.…

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The Blue Whales are back!!!

We still have winter weather here in Húsavík and there was quite a lot of snow at the harbour this morning. When leaving the harbour, we set the course directly towards the area where the minke and humpback whales had been yesterday. As we got closer to that area, we spotted a minke whale and…

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Humpback and Minke Whales after the storm

It is always exciting to go out again after a storm or a period of bad weather. We had cancelled our tours the last two days due to bad weather so we were excited to go out again this morning. As we left the harbour we set the course towards the mountains and after having…

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Humpback day in Skjálfandi Bay

When we left the harbour this morning onboard “Bjössi Sör”, it took us only a few minutes to spot the first whales today: A humpback whale and a minke whale were just outside Húsavík harbour, just a few hundred metres from the yellow lighthouse. A really nice surprise to see the whales so close to…

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Fantastic whale watching!!!

To make it short: Today we had two amazing whale watching tours, probably the best tours so far this season. We had beautiful sunny weather the whole day here in Skjálfandi Bay with almost no clouds at all.   This morning we started by searching the area around the Fish Rock (“Fiskisker” in icelandic), as…

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Lots of puffins, but no luck with the whales…..

We left the harbour and started to search on the eastern side of the bay, so we sailed in the direction of Lundey, the puffin island. After a while, we changed the course and sailed further west towards the mountains and while crossing the bay, we encountered large numbers of puffins. During the trip we…

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A Blue Whale in the snow

We left the harbour this morning with high hopes, trying to find the blue whale again that we spotted yesterday afternoon. As we crossed the bay in westerly direction, sailing towards the mountains, it was snowing quite a lot and we also enjoyed some superb bird watching in these winterly conditions! We saw several Northern…

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Scoresbysund Greenland on schooner Opal

Now that the new schooner Opal has arrived in its new home port of Húsavík, after an excellent, jet somewhat stormy tour from Ebeltoft in Denmark via Scotland and the Faroe Islands,it is time to look at the plans for the summer.   Tours in Scoresbysund in NE-Greenland, longer tours along Iceland´s coast and special…

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The Blue Whale is back!!!

Today we went on two trips in beautiful weather conditions. On our morning tour at 10:00 we went out with the crew and the former owners of our new sailing boat “Opal” and they really enjoyed sailing around with us in Skjálfandi Bay. But the highlight was our afternoon trip! After sailing for about 45…

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A Humpback and a Minke!

We went out with a very nice group of passengers this morning in southerly winds and when leaving the harbour, we sailed west towards the mountains, into the area where we found a minke whale yesterday. When we arrived in the area close to the “Fish Rock” (or “Fiskiskerið” in icelandic), we encountered a huge…

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Schooner Opal home in Husavik

  It was a glorious day in Húsavik today when Schooner Opal sailed into the bay after a 18 day long jorney from Ebeltoft in Denmark, via Scotland and the Faroe Islands.   More pictures and stories to follow soon…

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3 species

Today we went out both at 10:00 and 13:30. In the morning tour we spotted a minke whale close to the mountains and in the afternoon there were dolphins and harbour porpoises in addition to the minke whale.   Quite much life in the bay and hopefully this is a sign of more whales coming…

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Dolphins

We went out today after 3 days of bad weather. There was still quite heavy swells and really cold. Nevertheless, we managed to find a group of White beaked dolphins and observe them for a while. There was also quite a lot of Puffins in the bay so it seems like spring is on the…

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Snowy Skjálfandi

Today was freezing cold but we decided to try our luck anyway. In the beginning of the tour, it seemed to be clearing up, we could even see the sun for a while. We headed across the bay towards the mountains but when we got there, it had begun snowing again! So unfortunately there were…

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Blue whale & dolphins!

Today was beautiful, but still very cold with air temperature around 0°C. We sailed out from the harbour and it wasn´t long until we met some White beaked dolphins. After playing with them for a while, we headed further west, towards the mountains where the minke whale had been yesterday. However, there was no sign…

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