Still a blue whale show

Like on monday I was expecting that we might not find a blue whale today even though we saw one on all the trips yesterday but I was wrong. Two boats went out this morning, Haukur and Bjössi Sör and firs we saw one minke whale and a small dolphin family. There were two pretty…

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Blue whale-day

I saw a Blue whale today for the first time in my life. I am still in shock.. I thought I had prepared myself pretty good because I knew it would probably happen to me this summer, but… the size of this animal is just overwhelming! I didn‘t really know what to say to the…

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Minke whales

Unfortunately the blue whales didn't stick around for long. Today the minke whales were the main specie again and the humpback whales seem to have left the bay as well. This is how the life in the bay can change from day to day. But we had good luck with the minke whales on both…

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Two blue whales and a breaching minke whale

  The Blue whale is the largest animal ever to live on the planet. It was a perfect day in the bay today. Not only was the sun shining and the wind calm but we spotted in total 5 species during the day: harbour porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, humpback whales and blue whales! The humpback…

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The first Blue whale of the season

The first Blue whale of the season was spotted today!  Passengers on board Schooner Haukur had a whale of a time when they spotted 5 species of whales on their 3 day tour over the weekend.   One of the ca. 10 humpback whales spotted during the tour, most of them were in the Grímsey…

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And minke whales again

Again the main focus is on the minke whales. They were not as many today as yesterday but all the same we had a good show on both my tours today. Also we saw dolphins on both trips. And like yesterday the minke whales stay close to Puffin Island so we see always a lot…

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A lot of minke whales

I did the two later trips today and it was so calm out there. No wind and totally calm surface. On the earlier trip it was though raining a bit but not too much. Still, the minke whales are the stars in the bay. We saw four of them in the first trip and five…

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One of those beautiful evenings

It was my first evening tour tonight and I really like the evenings. Normally the wind is quiet in the evening in Skjálfandi bay and when the bay is quiet it is easier for me to find whales. A still surface is the perfect conditions to find whales. And to find whales was not a problem…

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Dolphin day in the bay

    This morning it was quite windy out on Skjálfandi Bay and the waves were impressive. We sailed out and headed north towards Lundey (Puffin Island) hoping to run into some whales. Fortunately we did after a while, a minke whale came up pretty close to our boat but then disappeared after blowing powerfully…

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Happy customers

Last week a small group from Spain spent a few days in Húsavík and fell in love with Gamli Baukur. They came first to watch their team Barcelona win the Champions league and instantly fell for our unique restaurant. According to the group they found in Gamli Baukur the best beer, the tastiest food and the biggest…

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A breaching minke whale!

Exactly a week ago we reported a minke whale that breached over 40 times. This morning it happend again. We were heading home, had already had our hot chocolate when we saw the minke whale jumping in the distance. It had jumped several times before we reached it and once we were closer it stopped and…

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Minke whales in the bay

It was the perfect day for whale watching this morning as the bay was calm and the sun was shining. We headed south towards Lundey (Puffin Island) and got really lucky! 2 minke whales were practically competing with each other for the attention of the whale watchers, coming up with at the same time again…

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The schooner prepared for the summer

These last months our boats have been undergoing routine maintenance so they'll be at their very best during the summer. The springtime is the peak of this maintenance period and in the last days and weeks the number of workers has increased so the job will be done in time. From June 1st we start to…

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Whales again

Turns out I was right yesterday, we luckily rarely have two days in a row without whales. We (me, Hrólfur   and Hörður) went out this morning on Náttfari. It was not nearly as windy as yesterday and even no wind after about an hour out on sea. Around the middle of the bay we…

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A wind and wave watching

Well I guess you could say that our luck was bound to turn because I can't remember a May where we have had as much luck with whales as this month. So today, the 29th day of the month I did the first tour where we couldn't find any whales. We actually had three tours…

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A humpback whale breaching once

Jonni the humpback whale must be one of the most photographed whale in the history of whale watching. We spotted him on both tours today. This morning there were actually two or three humpback whales spotted but I only went out on the afternoon trip and we didn't see any other humpback whale than Jonni.…

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5 minke whales, 2 humpback whales

Me and Halla Marín went on both trips today with captain Hrólfur. It was the first day of this season for our boat Bjössi Sör which has been undergoing maintenance. On the morning tour we spotted our humpback whale friend Jonni and then we went to the place where we saw the minke whale and…

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New whaling season starts

Today the first whale hunting boat went out this season. Their mission is to hunt minke whales but the minke whale has been one of the most important species when building up Icelandic whale watching which has been the fastest growing sector within tourism in Iceland since 1995.   North Sailing is strongly against whale hunting and in our…

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A breaching minke whale!

The crew and passengers on Náttfari this afternoon got an amazing show when they spotted a minke whale that breached over 40 times. Minke whales are known to do this occasionally but it can be hard to know the purpose of this kind of behaviour. Whichever the reason is, it definitely is a feast for…

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The summer is here

The summer has finally arrived here at Gamli Baukur, the sun breakes through the clouds now and again and the number of tourists increases every day.   The staff has been busy the last days preparing for the summer. The preparation includes two courses that the staff attended last week. One was held by experienced…

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Singing in the bay

The south wind was quite strong again today, not quite as drastic as last week, but for a part of the morning tour it was a bit loud. We were so lucky to have a large group of Icelandic girls onboard who sing in a choir in Reykjavík and on the way into the harbour they sang a few Icelandic songs for the other passangers and…

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