Saturday, 15 June 2019

Perfect conditions awaited us today in the fjord. The seas were mirrow flat, the sky was blue and the sun shone warm in our faces. Many boats went out that day and many, many humpback whales were around, likely feeding. Oh what a great time we had, when one individual decided to go people watching. It swam right up to the boat and circled around us. This humpback whale is new for us, however, it has been seen in the greater Reykjavik area at the end of April 2019. Next to that, Depill, Moonshine and Groot were a few of the 7-8 humpback whales we could identify. Superb day and an awesome official start of our midnight tours.

Tours departed today: CLASSIC 9, 13, 17 & 20:30 EXPRESS 10, 12, 14

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Friday, 14 June 2019

Today it was mostly cloudy but during the day we managed to get a few peeks at the sun. The sea was almost flat which meant there was very little wind, making for very enjoyable sailing conditions. The whole day we did not have to travel far out to encounter our amazing humpback whales. In the first tour we found them just before Hjalteri and they actually moved into the fjord towards Akureyri during the day. We encountered a total of 7 humpbacks whales today. A few of them were resting, moving very slowly at the surface. For us this gave great opportunities to observe them and take pictures. Often they surfaced very close to the boat, sometimes giving us a bit of a surprise. It was a great day for enjoying our beautiful Eyjafjordur humpies.

Text Anouk de Plaa and pictures Ewa Malinowska

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Today started quite rainy and windy but the rain stopped soon and the sun was shining for the rest of the day. The humpback whales were all in the same area South off the abandoned fishing factory Hjaltery, similar to yesterday. We barely had to move the ship; as soon as we arrived to that area, we slowed down and saw the whales popping up around us. The humpbacks seemed to be busy feeding and came up here and there, sometimes very close to the boat. It was lovely out there and our passengers as well as the crew had a great time!

Departures today: Classic: 09:00, 13:00, 17:00 Express: 10:00, 14:00

Text by Hanna Michel, pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The humpback whales are still out and about in Eyjafjörður! This morning the sea was quite calm but got a bit rough during the day as the wind picked up. We saw 4-6 humpbacks on most tours today, feeding in the same area and coming up to the surface very regularly. Among those individuals was a very small one that must still be very young, possibly just a few years old. And also our regulars “Moonshine” and “Depill” were still around today! Great tours with our beloved whales and the sun shining over Akureyri and Eyjafjörður!

Departures today: Classic: 8:00, 09:00, 12:00, 13:00, 17:00 Express: 10:00, 13:00, 14:00

Text and pictures by Hanna Michel and Rodrigo Martinez

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

A stunningly sunny day on the fjord it was sunny, it was warm, there was a little wind but nothing unpleasant. It wasn’t long until we were delighted with cetaceans today. Humpbacks and harbour porpoises were seem on our tours today. There was at least 5 humpbacks seen on all tours, including Moonshine and a new, rather small whale that we have named Baby due to its small size. We believe this whale to be a juvenile and not quite 5 years old yet. With amazing conditions and lovely whales which delighted us throughout the tours we were very happy people. The whales surfaced around us and seemed to continue their natural behaviours without us disturbing them, which made the whole experience even more delightful.

Tours: Classic: 09:00, 13:00 & 17:00 Express: 10:00 & 14:00

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Monday, 10 June 2019

We had first day of summer in Akureyri with shining sun and 18'C! Morning tour was amazing, with perfectly flat sea and whales clearly enjoying this conditions as much as we did. We saw two minke whales, few harbour porpoises and of course humpback whales. It becoming crowdy here in the fjord as we counted today 6 different humpback! In afternoon wind was a little bit stronger but not enough to complain about weather. Humpbacks were still in the same spot and we had a lot of fun when this huge animals were just coming to the surface all around places, making us running from one side of the boat to another. We even got to see some tail slaps.

Departures today: Classic: 09:00 13:00 & 20:30, Express 10:00 & 14:00

Text and photos: Ewa Malinowska, Rodrigo Martinez Catalan

Sunday, 9 June 2019

When they say “mirror-flat state” it couldn’t be more accurate. Eyjafjordur woke up today with the most perfect sea conditions ever plus wildlife was in our side as well. A minke whale was spotted after the beautiful village of Svalbardseyri but the starts of the show were our beloved humpback whales. They were as friendly as ever, getting close to us in a way that it seemed to be like a Sunday greeting towards us. We couldn’t be more happy around these animals.

Tours: Classic 09:00, 13:00, 17:00 - Express: 10:00, 12:00, 14:00

Pictures and text by Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Saturday, 8 June 2019

What a day to be out on the fjord today! All of our tours were jam packed full of whales today. Humpback whales delighted us with some exceptional surfacings today, they were super relaxed and came up very close to the boats many times. On all tours at least 4-5 whales were coming up, some together and some apart, there wasnt a dull moment today. Regulars such as Depill and Moonshine were around as well as 3 new whales to the fjord. Along with the fantastic surfacings, fluking and blows we were suprised with some wonderful tail lobbing or peduncle throws which was thrilling to watch. Our 13 classic tour were also fortunate enough to witness a breach! When a whale leaped right out of the water. What an incredible day!

Tours - Classic: 0900, 13:00 & 17:00, Express 10:00 & 14:00

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Friday, 7 June 2019

What a beautiful day we have had today! We woke up with clear and blue skies plus no wind and a decent temperature for an Icelandic summer. Sun-cream was mandatory today as well as sun glasses but not because of the sun but because of the amount of smiles on-board. Humpbacks kept on showing up very close to us and they gave us nice encounters. We hope that the whole summer is gonna be like today because it was wonderful.

Tours: Classic 10:00, 13:00 Express: 10:00, 14:00

Text and pictures by Tess Hudson and Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Thursday, 6 June 2019

We cannot get tired of our humpbacks whales: Depill, Moonshine and few more are hanging around Hjalteyri. Today we witnessed very friendly behaviour from our whales as they approached us very closely, some of them were spy-hopping and lob-tailing. To put the cherry on the top of the cake, apart from minke whale we enjoyed a lovely sunny day in the fjord.

Tours: Classic 09:00, 13:00 ; Express 14:00

Text and pictures by Ewa Malinoswka and Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalán

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

More and more humpbacks are flooding the fjord and even though today was a bit windy we could enjoy these animals in its more purest state. Far from being away from us, some of them showed a huge interest in our boats and they came very close to us and they even surfaced in tandems! Let´s hope to find more of these beauties the next days.

Tours: Classic: 09:00, 13:00 Express: 10:00, 14:0, 17:00

Text and pictures by Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

A windy, wet, but wonderful day out on the fjord today. We were blessed with not one but three humpback whales who delighted us on all of our tour today. Moonshine was of course there to entertain us coming up very close many times. Depill was also back in the fjord today after a weeks absence. Two new whales also popped up, one even began swimming right next to our boat which was super exciting to see! A minke whale was also spotted on our morning tour which we briefly watched. The super cute harbour porpoises also popped up numerous times throughout the day delighting us with some wonderful surfacing´s. A wild, windy and wonderful day in Eyjafjörður.

Tours: Classic: 09:00, 13:00, 17:00 Express: 10:00

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Monday, 3 June 2019

Our first tour of the morning started a bit rainy and windy, but the weather got better and we had the first encounter with a humpback whale next to Hjalteyri. This individual was seen also yesterday around this area, and it´s a new individual in our catalogue. It has a very distinctive coloration pattern in its fluke, and during the tour we have been thinking of a name for this new friend. Our second sighting was with our common humpback whale called Moonshine, that keeps offering us such a special and friendly encounters. It was another good whale watching day in the fjord!

Departures today: Classic: 09:00 & 13:00, Express 10:00

Pictures by Babsi & Text Barbara Hintermayer

Sunday, 2 June 2019

What a way to end up the week! Our super-humpback whale-star Moonshine (spotted for the first time in 2016) was still hanging around Hjalteyri and we could enjoyed it for the whole day. It delighted us with incredible close encounters and we were amazed by its relaxed mood with us. At the end of the day, we spotted a new humpback whale in the area, maybe more of them are arriving?  Join us tomorrow to discover it!

Departures today: Classic: 09:00 & 13:00 Express: 10:00 & 17:00

Pictures & Text Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Saturday, 1 June 2019

1st day of June greeted us with a cloudy and cold morning but also rather flat seas so we had perfect conditions to spot animals. We had amazing and close encounters with our recent star whale - Moonshine, which is a humpback whale that we named due to significant moon-shaped notch in it’s fluke and a whale that we’ve been seeing a lot in past few weeks. We know Moonshine quite well already as it´s a regular visitor in Eyafjordur area since 2016. On all our tours today we also had a chance to admire a feeding Minke whale, many harbor porpoises and lots of birdlife including Northern Gannets, Arctic Terns and Fulmars. Amazing day! We can’t wait to go out there tomorrow!

Departures today: Classic: 09:00, 13:00 & 17:00 Express: 10:00 & 14:00

Pictures & Text by Ania Wojcik

Friday, 31 May 2019

Today we finally got a break from the strong winds that we encountered here in the fjord the last few days. The sea was calm and even the sun dared to break through the clouds more and more during the day. Thanks to these nice conditions we were able to enjoy lots of harbour porpoises as we sailed up North. But also two of our humpback whales were not for out, in the same area where we found “Moonshine“ yesterday. And it turned out that Moonshine was indeed one of those humpback whales. They appeared to be feeding in the area and came up very frequently and in the end one surfaced right next to our vessel, just meters away. In addition to that, we also got to see minke whales during our tours today!

Departures today: Classic: 09:00, 13:00 & 17:00 Express: 10:00 & 14:00

Text & Pictures by Hanna Michel

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Wonderful day out on the fjord today, it was sunny, the fjord was rather flat and there was very little wind. Today we were delighted by the majestic Moonshine our favorite humpback of the moment. This wonderful whale showed us its lovely fluke on all of our tours today. Moonshine so called due to the half moon shaped notch in the top left hand side of its fluke (tail). It also has a very distinctive dorsal fin with white stripes, therefore, making Moonshine a very recognizable whale. Another wonderful day out on the fjord.

Tours: Classic: 10:00 & 13:00, Express 10:00, 12:00 & 14:00

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

One of our favorite whales was still around today, lovely “Moonshine”! In the morning we saw it together with another humpback whale but in the afternoon we saw it on its own heading to an area further North in the Fjord before it started to feed. The wind had picked up since this morning and our way out was a bit choppy but thanks to the mountains around Eyjafjörður we were still sheltered from the strong, cold winds. And when you see the beautiful tail of a humpback whale going down, you will forget about the freezing temperatures immediately.

Departures today: Classic: 13:00 Express: 10:00 & 14:00

Text by Hanna Michel
Pictures: Ania Wójcik

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Is it possible that winter has returned? Well apparently, as snow started to fall this morning and continued in bouts throughout the day. Therefore, the tours were quite chilly but whale punches (hot chocolate and rum) and overalls were used to warm up our passengers to brilliant effect. Our morning tour spotted two lovely humpback whales and our afternoon tours found our beautiful Moonshine who delighted us with some wonderful surfacing and dives. Our express tour was able to go further out and they saw some exceptional behaviours like tail slapping, tail lobbing and even breaching, which was just super fantastic to watch! Another breathtaking day out on the fjord.

Tours: Classic: 13:00, Express: 10:00 & 14:00

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Monday, 27 May 2019

Sailing in the fjord turned out to be a bumpy, windy, but sunny experience n this Monday in May. The humpback whales were matching this activity level by moving around and covering large distances. Between Akureyri and Hjalteyri we could find up to 5 different individual humpback whales. Marie, Depill and Moonshine were three individuals we recognized. Mainly feeding and traveling they did not seem to mind the cold winds and showed us the flukes in their beloved manner. A nice day out at sea.

Tours departed today: Classic: 9, 13 & 17, Express: 10 & 14

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth