Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Wow what a beautiful day to be out on the fjord. It was a little bit windy and wavy but nothing too bad. We got to see a wonderful minke whale which popped out of the water unexpectedly and showed us its beautiful back and dorsal fin. The humpbacks were very abundant on today´s tour which was super fantastic! The humpies amazed us with some beautiful surface sequences, fluking (raising the tail from the water) and even LUNGE feeding. Lunge feeding is a super rare behaviour where they come out with their mouths wide open to take a huge mouthful of fish, water and krill. They will then partially shut their mouths and let their baleen plates do the work of filtering out the water leaving the yummy food for the whales to swallow and fill their bellies. It´s just thrilling to watch these huge sentient beings come up and actively feed. An incredible day with some beautiful whales!

Text by Tess Hudson, pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Again a beautiful day in the fjord, very calm seas and plenty of humpback whales. And also a few porpoises showing of their dorsal fins. In the afternoon two of the whales (one is named Aretha Frankfin) joined together and became the champions of synchronized swimming. Did you know that humpback whales are solitary living animals? So it always great to see them pair up for a while. Join us tomorrow on one of our tours.

Text and Pictures: Marjolein van Groningen

Monday, 15 October 2018

Golden autumn in Eyjafjördur continues with marvelous sailing conditions. We were going out under a blue sky with almost no wind, snow covered mountains and sun in our faces. The whales had moved further in and we found our first minke whale between Hauganes and Grenivik. Overall we encountered 2 minke whales, 6-8 humpback whales and 2 small pods of harbour porpoises. Our well known humpback whale Gilijagaur was especially good fun as it seemed to spent extra time at the sea surface, right next to our boat. What a fun day, full of cetaceans!

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Sunday, 14 October 2018

What a beautiful day to be out on the fjord, it was wonderfully sunny and not too cold or windy. Today the fjord was full of whales and we saw at least 5 humpbacks on each tour! Including Aretha Frankfin and some new individuals who are yet to named. On our afternoon tour we saw some lovely tail lobbing, a behaviour where the whale raises its back body out of the water and swings it round, it was super amazing to watch! We even got to have a close encounter with the geothermal waterfall in the fjord and got to feel the lovely warm water on our faces before heading back to Akureyri.

Text and pictures by Tess Hudson

Saturday, 13 October 2018

We sailed out with very smooth conditions however, further out it became a bit more rough and we had two quite adventurous tours. During the tours we spotted three different humpback whales, Jackson, Aretha Frankfin and a juvenile humpback whale. Jackson gave our rib boat passengers quite a show, circling the boat very closely. Jackson seemed to be doing some human watching today. We also saw three minke whales surfacing close to the boat.

Text Anouk de Plaa and pictures Babsi Neubarth

Friday, 12 October 2018

Whale hello there, humpback whales we love to spend time with you day after day! Once again the cetaceans of Eyjafjördur where around Hrisey and we got to enjoy at least three humpback whales on our tours. The staff in our office was surprised by a harbour seal in the afternoon. It stayed around the harbour for over an hour and we all fell in love with its huge dark eyes. Not only the fjord has wildlife in stock for us, sometimes even the harbour can be surprising!

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Thursday, 11 October 2018

We had to make quite a trip today to find our lovely whales and so we decided to depart with our classic tour from Dalvik. During all tours we encountered around 20 humpback whales and 3 Minke whales. Some of the humpbacks whales had come together in small groups and moved synchronized. But the surprise of today was two Minke whales that were swimming together, this is something that we very rarely encounter and it was a wonderful sight. During our afternoon tour we also spotted a group of the beautiful white-beaked dolphins.
An amazing day in the fjord with lots of wildlife!

Text Anouk de Plaa and pictures Babsi Neubarth

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Weather and wind conditions were pleasant today in Akureyri with blue sky and sun warming our faces. Over the last couple of days we have been spoiled with 20+ humpback whales and therefore we were a bit surprised to see the fjord quite empty in the morning. Luckily this changed throughout te day and we could spent a lovely time with 5-7 humpback whales in the afternoon. Things are changing a lot currently in the fjord and we are eager to see what tomorrow has in stock for us.

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The whale parade was back in town today :D! Lots and lots of humpback whales during both tours. Many of them had come together in small groups of 3 or 4 animals, swimming and diving synchronized. Many of them were animals we have seen before during this summer season. During the afternoon tour the sun also decided to come out so the views of the mountains surrounding the fjord got even better.
It was a very whaly day :).

Text Anouk de Plaa

Monday, 8 October 2018

This Monday started off slightly warmer, but a bit more windy compared to yesterday. Especially a bit further out the wind had increased a lot so that we had to battle some waves. Luckily we could battle the waves together with our lovely humpback whales. They were still busy feeding, diving for only short periods of time and coming close to the boat. Due to the change of weather we couldn’t go out as far as yesterday, but the humpback whales we met closer to Grenivik were a lot of fun. October so far has been great and we are looking forward towards the rest of the month.

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Again an unbelievable day in Eyjafjördur, whales whales whales and more whales! It took us a while to reach the right area but once we were there it was amazing. There were humpback whales all around wherever you looked you could see the blows or the backs of the animals popping out of the water. Once in a while a Minke whale also appeared at the surface. Among the humpbacks were several whales that we know such as Though Pella and Aretha Frankfin. Lets hope we keep lots of fish in our fjord so the whales will stay around for a while longer.

Text Anouk de Plaa and pictures Babsi Neubarth

Saturday, 6 October 2018

What an amazing day we had, we sailed out with very chilly but sunny conditions. On our way out we could enjoy the wonderful views of the snow capped mountains surrounding the fjord. After about 1,5 hours of sailing it felt like we hit the jackpot. There were humpback whales everywhere. We did not have to wait for animals to come back to the surface because whenever one went of for a long dive at least one other animal would come up not far away. To top off the tours we encountered a very relaxed Minke whale that surfaced several times close to the boat.
An incredible day with many many whales.

Text Anouk de Plaa pictures Ania Wojcik

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

This Wednesday started out cold, but friendly with only a little wind blowing in the fjord. We went out al the way past Hrisey to find our finned friends. We encountered 5-6 humpback whales, one minke whale, some amazing breaching northern bottle-nosed whales and even a harbour seal. Among the humpback whales, especially Roquefourt gave us extremely close looks and left us happy and also a bit humble for nature’s creations. Today we had calm seas, but there is a storm predicted for tomorrow. Hence, we have cancelled all tours for Thursday 4th of October. Safe travels everybody!

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

What a beautiful day to be out on the fjord! It was super flat, there was very little wind but was a little bit cold, but it was okay because we had lovely overalls to keep us wonderfully warm. It was a busy day with many tours and lots of whales and even a seal! A minke was spotted on our first tour of the day and it delighted us by surfacing many times and very predictably so was very easy to watch. On our later tours humpback whales entertained us with some wonderful fluking (raising their tails out of the water). A grey seal also popped up and surprised us with some very entertaining spy-hopping movements. Another delightful day!

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Monday, 1 October 2018

Winter is no longer coming, it is here in the North of Iceland, we had some beautiful snow during the mornings tour on our rib boat. The snow didn´t last all day though and it warmed up throughout the day. We saw some fantastic whales on our tours like Aretha Frankfin the humpback whale and a minke whale. Both of which surfaced very nicely just in front of the boat. Harbour porpoises also came to join the party and gave us a wonderful showing of their cutie little forms. A lovely day to be sailing on the fjord.

Text and pictures by Tess Hudson

Sunday, 30 September 2018

It was just lovely to be back out of the fjord today, the wind had dropped significantly, the sea very calm and was only a little cold. Today we left from Árskógssandur and ended our tour in Akureyri. Today´s tours were full of whales! Not only did we spot the beautiful humpback whales but two minke whales were also seen surfacing through the chilly water. Our amazing rib boat even got a close up encounter with the iceberg which is undoubtedly awesome! Our favorite humpies were out to play too including Aretha Frankfin and Tough Pella. It´s always great to be back out on the fjord.

Text by Tess Hudson, Photos by Ania Wojcik