Saturday, 20 January 2018

We headed out into Eyjafjörður with heavy snow coming down in the morning creating low visibility, luckily as we got further out the visibility got better but the sea got rougher, we saw a humpback whale several times and at one point it came all the way up to the boat and swam alongside it.  On the way back the sea was more calm and we got another sighting. All in all a successful and snowy day in our beautiful fjord Eyjafjörður.

Text by Þorgils Gunnarsson. Photos by Anna Gunnarsdóttir.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

It was a cold day here in Eyjafjörður today but that did not bother us as we sailed out the fjord on our 11 o‘clock tour ready for our adventure. Everybody was dressed for the occasion ready to start looking for cetaceans. However we did sail quite far out the fjord and close to Hrísey we encountered two humpback whales swimming together. Those two we know and have named Tough Pella and Giljagaur, it was a joy being with them as they came to the surface regularly showing us their fluke and dorsal fin. A short distance away we saw three spouts coming out of the water so we sailed there to look at them and had a nice time with those individuals. Lopapeysa and Pepper were close enough so we could identify them. Another pleasant day here in our fjord.

Text and pictures by Anna Gunnarsdóttir

 

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Today we sailed out the fjord on a beautiful day. The sun came up for a while and casted a beautiful sunlight on the mountains showing Eyjafjörður in all it‘s glory. We sailed out quite far and close to Hrísey we encountered two humpback whales close to the boat. They were active and coming up regularly. These amazing individuals are humpbacks that we know quite well and we have named then Lopapeysa and Pepper. Such a lovely encounter we had today with these two individuals and yet another pleasant day here in our fjord.

Text by Anna Gunnarsdóttir and pictures by Anna Gunnarsdóttir and Þorgils Gunnarsson

Thursday, 11 January 2018

We sailed out the fjord today in a good weather, the sea condition were great and there for we had a smooth boat ride. We sailed quite far out the fjord and near the island  Hrísey we encountered a humpback whale quite close to the boat. In a further distance we saw a group of three humpbacks and before we knew we had six humpback whales all around our boat. They were all very active, coming up regulary. D‘Artagnan, Lopapeysa, Pepper, Tough Pella and Giljagaur could be seen close enough so that we could identify them. Such a lovely encounter we had today with these six induvitual and there for yet another pleasant day in our fjord today among the whales.

Text and pictures by Anna Gunnarsdóttir

 

Friday, 5 January 2018

Sailing out on our 11 o‘clock tour today was exiting as always, we had a cold wind but every one was dressed for the occasion and ready to head out to the sea. The sea condition was good and so was the weather. Close to Grenivík we encountered six humpback whales all close together from each other, we saw them in few groups, first in a group of three, then one humpback close by and last but not least two humpbacks in the end of the tour. Pepper, D‘Artagnan, Jackson, Lopapeysa and Tough Pella could be seen close enough so that we could identify them. Yet another exiting tour with lots of activity from our humpback whales here in Eyjafjörður today.

Text and pictures by Anna Gunnarsdóttir

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

A good way to start the new year is going out whale watching. Today we went out on one special tour at our 11 o‘clock boat ride. The wind blew only to remind us that we are in Iceland and it is still winter but our overalls kept us warm and comfortable. The sea condition was good and once we were close to Hrísey we encountered five humpback whales close together. One of them started greeting us with a gorgeous breach quite close to the boat, the rest entertained us with their presence. Tough Pella, Lopapeysa and Alli could be seen close enough so that we could identify them. A bit near Hrísey we encountered another humpback whale so on today's tour we saw six humpback whales. Amazing day yet again here in Eyjafjörður.

Text and pictures by Anna Gunnarsdóttir.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

The freezing cold that has been laying over the fjord last days finally gave in. We sailed from Akureyri harbor at 11 o‘ clock ready for our adventure. On this last day of the year we had to sail through Eyjafjörður all the way to Ólafsfjarðarmúli with out a spotting a whale, but as we turned around looking for cetaceans sailing back in the fjord we encountered four humpback whales close to Hjalteyri and they gave us quite the show coming up regularly and entertained us with their beautiful fluke. Close to Hjalteyri we sailed through sea ice that was covering the fjord, the ice came from Fnjóská a river that runs into the fjord. A long day but successful yet again here in Eyjafjörður.

Text and pictures by Anna Gunnarsdóttir

 

Friday, 29 December 2017

Today was the coldest day yet here in Akureyri. We sailed out the fjord on our 11 o‘clock tour ready for our adventure. The weather was beautiful almost no wind and the temperature was -15°C. The sea condition was good as we sailed the fjord. We sailed through few ice fogs which is always a beauty to behold as they are rearly seen. We sailed to hrólfssker and there we encountered a humpback whale we named Tough Pella. He was quite acticve and entertained us for some time before we had to go back to Akureyri. On a day like this, this longest fjord in Iceland shows all it‘s magic in it‘s landscape and beauty.

Text and pictures by Anna Gunnarsdóttir

Thursday, 28 December 2017

We had a beautiful cold and clear day here in Eyjafjörður. We sailed out on our boat Hólmasól at 11 o‘clock. The sea condition was good and the weather was nice, though it was really cold. The ship was frozen in the harbour but luckily we had a ship sailing infront of us breaking the ice so we could sail out in our adventure.

We had to sail through the fjord all the way to Hrólfssker to find our first cetaceans. There we encountered four humpback whales in two different groups. Two of them came to the surface for about 20 minutes waving us with their flippers and giving us a really nice show. With them we saw about ten dolphins that swam with the whales. It was quite the experience to look at. The dolphins were breaching and playing with the humpbacks. A long, cold and successfull day here in Eyjafjörður. 

Text and pictures by Anna Gunnarsdóttir

 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

We had such a lovely but cold boat ride at our 11 o'clock tour today. Both the sea condition and the weather were good, we had a cold wind blowing and few snow flurries coming down at us. We did not have to sail far out the fjord to see our first three humpback whales. They were close together and quite active. They came regularly to the surface to breath and to show us their fluke and dorsal fin. At one point they started tail flopping for us with a lot of splashes and it was beautiful. Before we knew they were four of them swimming around the boat and entertaining us for the rest of the tour. All together we saw five humpback whales in this tour so yet again a nice and great day in Eyjafjörður today.

Text and pictures by Anna Gunnarsdóttir

Monday, 25 December 2017

A good way to start the Christmas day is going out whale watching. Today we went out at a special tour at our 11 o‘clock boat ride. A freezing wind blew, but our warm overalls kept us warm and cozy. The sea condition was a bit rough at the beginning but got better when we were a bit further out. The view in Eyjafjörður was surely beautiful with snow covering the mountains and everything felt like Christmas. We had to sail quite far to see our first humpback whale and we stayed there  for a while, until it was time to head back to Akureyri. On our way back near Hjalteyri we encountered two other humpback whales very close to the boat, showing us their fluke and dorsal fin. Yet another nice and a successful day in Eyjafjörður.

Text and Picture by Anna Gunnarsdóttir

 

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Sailing out on our 11 o'clock tour today was great as usual, a freezing wind blew but everyone was wrapped up in warm clothes feeling warm and cozy. Both the sea condition and sightseeing was spectacular and the boat was steady. We did not have to sail far out on today's tour to find whales, we encountered five humpback whales quite close to Hjalteyri. They were scattered around the area. We had a nice time with each and every individual. Jackson kept us company for quite some time as well we the four humpback whales we saw. Again a successful and good day in Eyjafjörður. 

Text and pictures by Anna Gunnarsdóttir

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

We had such a nice boat ride at our 11 o‘clock tour today. A freezing wind did blow in our beautiful fjord but our warm overalls kept us warm and comfortable. We encountered five humpback whales on today's tour quite close to Hjalteyri. They were close together, very active and came up within 3-4 minutes after each dive. Harley Dafinson and Tough Pella could be seen close enough so that we could identify them. Such a lovely encounter we had today with these five individuals and there for yet another pleasant day in our fjord today among the whales.

Text and pictures by Anna Gunnarsdóttir

Thursday, 14 December 2017


We went out on one special tour at 11 o'clock on our boat Hólmasól to search for cetaceans. A freezing wind did blow in the fjord today, but our warm overalls were quite good to keep us all warm. It took us a about an hour to find the first humpback whale. Jackson came up to the surface and entertained us for a time before we sailed a bit further out to look for something else. Close to Hrísey we encountered up to 20 humpback whales swimming all around our boat.  The cetaceans were active and very curious about our visit and came quite close to us. We were of course super happy to see them and could enjoy enjoy good looks of their fins and flukes. Surely a magical whale watching tour in our beautiful Eyjarfjörður today. 

Text and pictures by Anna Gunnarsdóttir

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

We had such a lovely and cold boat ride at our 11 o'clock tour today and saw all together 10 Humpback whales on this tour. We had to sail quite far today but the fjord was beautiful like always and it was worth it. We saw three quite active humpback whales close to Grenivík, they were checking us out by spy hopping constantly for some time and later waved to us good bye with they're flippers. 
A moments later we encountered seven humpback all together active and friendly checking our boat out and we ended our tour with them, yet another nice and a successful day in Eyjafjörður. 

Text and Pictures by Anna Gunnarsdóttir

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Today we had such a good day sailing out in our beautiful Eyjafjörður on our 11 o‘clock tour. The weather was still and the sea was mirror flat, with beautiful snowflakes falling all around us only to give us a reminder that Christmas is getting closer and the winter is in the air. We did not have to sail far out to spot our first Humpback whale. Close to Hjalteyri we encountered four Humpback whales very close together and they entertained us for quite some time. We saw at least Bear, Alli and two more we could not identify. Another great day in our Eyjafjörður!

Pictures and text by naturalist Anna Gunnarsdóttir