White beaked dolphins playing the main role

Like in the last two days the white beaked dolphins have been almost everywhere you look. So far today though we haven’t seen any of the bigger whales, neither minke whales nor humpback whales but I’m hoping that all these dolphins mean that there is more food coming into the bay which will attrack the…

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Minke whales, dolphins and a humpback whale!

This morning the weather was getting a lot better and the sea surface calmer. When I went out at 9:00 we had a great tour, amazing how the bay can change in between days. We saw two nice minke whales in the western part of the bay and also some white beaked dolphins. In the…

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A difficult day after the bad weather

Like often when the weather has been as bad as in the last days it can be really difficult to find some whales. This morning the sea was still a bit rough and we didn’t find anything and the same was happening in the afternoon. When I went out however at 17:00 the sea was…

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Training and safety drill

A few days ago, some of our staff, namely the guides and the hard-working people in ticket sales, got the opportunity to better themselves even further.  A course in speech, presence and service was held in cooperation with Margrét, an actor, and Oddur Bjarni, a director. Most of us know both of them from Let’s…

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A second day of “bræla”

As predicted, a second day of rough seas and generally bad weather leaves us unable to go out.  It’s drizzling and quite chilly here inland, so the thought of going out doesn’t excite me quite as much as it usually would.  Hopefully it will clear up soon, but then again we’ve been quite lucky with…

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What's going on in Gamli Baukur?

Gamli Baukur is brimming with life these days as the summer is of course the busiest time of the year. Let‘s Talk Local is an interesting comedy show about the settlement of Húsavík and the surroundings, performed every day at 15:30 in Gamli Baukur. Wednesday nights are Pubquiz nights and during the summertime it is also…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Minkes, dolphins and a Humpback whale! – Pictures

The conditions in the bay today were rather hairy.  The sea was rather rough as you got further out, but we did get some lovely sunshine and smoother patches closer to land.  The day was rather special for me, as this was the first time I guided on schooner Haukur!  We went out past Puffin…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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A lot of minke whales and white-beaked dolphins

The minke whales have been playing the main role in Skjalfandi Bay for the last few days, but the white-beaked dolphins have been showing up as well. Two days ago a blue whale was spotted in our evening trip but it had gone out of the bay again the next morning. That tells us that…

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Minke Whales, Dolphins and an interesting surprise!

Since we knew that a Blue Whale had been spotted the night before we immediately went in search of it this morning but to no avail, the Big Blue had apparently departed.  During the search we met Minke whales and Dolphins who were very lively and not without reason.    The bay is full of…

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July schedule taking effect soon

July is around the corner and from the 1st of July our new departure schedule will come into action. That includes 11 departures per day; 9 NS1-Whale Watching tours and 2 NS2-Whales, Puffins and Sails tours, the first leaving at 8:30 am and the last at 20:15 pm. July is our busiest month and we…

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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.…

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A chilly wind, but plenty to see still + a few photos!

The weather inland is lovely, quite sunny and nice.  As you head out to Skjálfandi, you can feel how the wind picks up from the north, chilly and strong.  As always, you simply have to dress it off, and there are of course plenty of overalls for everyone on board.  The wind doesn’t stop the…

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Hildur taken out sailing

There’s not a lot of work left to get Hildur ready. It was taken out for a tour with a few guests, some with notable sailing experience.  The tour went nicely and Hildur sailed well, experiencing both a nice and calm wind and a somewhat stronger breeze as well.  In the next few days, Hildur…

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Minke Whales, White Beaked Dolphins and the Great Skua.

We were extremely lucky with weather in our first tours of the day. The wind was not too strong and the sun shining. It seems like the Minke whales and Dolphins have taken over control of the bay. We haven’t seen any big whales for the last few days but these two species seem to…

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