Thursday, 25 April 2019

Summer time has officially started in Iceland and the weather could not have been better. Warm temperatures, a sunny sky and almost no wind made sailing very pleasant on our afternoon tour. We were super excited as we had heard that orcas were in the fjord once more. However, they were moving North fast, so we were not sure if we would find them. Fortuna was kind to us and we ended up catching up with the orcas around Hrisey. It was a pod of 6 individuals that moved slowly around, when we were with them. Absolutely majestic creatures these killer whales are. Their body is just made for life under sea. We were simply in awe! What an amazing way of starting the Icelandic summer!

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

What an absolutely beautiful day to be out on the fjord. The fjord was mirror flat, there was practically no wind and it was unseasonably warm. It really didn’t take us any time at all to find our first cetaceans. Just 20 minutes after leaving the harbour we were viewing a wonderful minke whale which surfaced many times. We got to see a lot of this individual as it surfaced all the way around the boat. On todays tour we were also blessed with multiple sightings of the cute harbour porpoises who were popping up here, there and everywhere through the tour. Usually taking pictures of these tiny cetaceans is quite a challenge but today it was almost easy! A wonderful day for an adventure.

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Winter is still sticking around in the fjord these days. When we went out in the morning it snowed thick flakes and the mountains had turned white again. Luckily there was almost no wind so that the water was calm as it could be. Many, many harbour porpoises and northern gannets accompanied us throughout the day. We really enjoyed watching them hunting for fish in the area. On top of that we also followed and observed a minke whale for quite some time. It was most likely the same individual we has seen a few days earlier. Great day with lots of wildlife!

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Monday, 22 April 2019

Easter Monday gave us a real feel of spring today. We went out from Akureyri surrounded by plenty of birdlife in the Fjord. We’ve seen guillemots, eider ducks, long tailed ducks, fulmars, seagulls and Gannets! - that are not seen very often here. We went all the way to Hrisey Island staying on the east side of the Fjord and passing lots of harbor porpoises again. The spotlight belongs today to Sei whale and Minky whale that we found on the way back while searching through the west side of Eyafjordur. We could see on 'fish finder' that the area is filled with food for them and it was amazing to see them so active. We had few incredible encounters with the Sei whale when he came very close to the boat. Great tour! We came back late to the harbor but it was totally worth it.

Pictures and Text by: Ania Wojcik

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Easter Sunday started off in wonderful calm conditions under a cloudy sky, the wind would freshen up throughout then day, but nothing overalls would not be able to handle. The first highlight we saw, were the first Atlantic Puffins in the fjord. We do not have too many of them nesting in Eyjafjörður and enjoy every encounter with these cuties tremendously. Afterwards a minke and one humpback whale made their appearances. In the afternoon due to engine trouble we borrowed our friends boat and had a really nice time with the humpback we had seen earlier. We are really grateful that we can rely on our friends in the fjord and we wish everyone HAPPY EASTER!

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Stunning tour today full of rainbows, harbor porpoises and very photogenic white beaked dolphins! We had incredible weather, we started the tour again from Dalvik and it was a great call. The morning tour had to be cancelled due to unfavorable sea conditions but in the afternoon we had full sun, still some waves but it didn’t stop us from finding big group of dolphins and lots of harbor porpoises on the way. We didn’t even have to follow them as they were simply surrounding us. We had few nice encounters before we had to head back but as it often happens with surprises on the way back the tour was not over yet - a harbor seal popped up right next to us. She showed up again two more times, unfortunately being very quick and keeping the distance but definitely checking us out. We didn't manage to capture that on pictures this time but I hope she'll stay around the Fjord so maybe we could find her again tomorrow.

Pictures & Text: Ania Wojcik

Friday, 19 April 2019

Another beautiful day to be out in the Fjord. Both tours today we started and finished in Dalvik. The morning tour we begun from scanning east side Hrisey Island area and went all the way to the light house. We found a group of Harbor porpoises on the way but they were quite shy around us and disappeared quickly. It took us a longer while to find a blow on the west side of Hrisey but we found a Humpback Whale. He was active and feeding, not easy to follow and going for dives without showing the fluke so we were not able to identify him this time but we stayed with him rest of the tour. In the afternoon unfortunately the weather got worse and we were not able to find any cetaceans. We gave complimentary tickets to everybody. The waves should calm down by the evening so hopefully we see more tomorrow!

Pictures and Text: Ania Wojcik

Thursday, 18 April 2018

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What a lovely day to be sailing of the fjord, we had a bit of wind but sailing was easy. It seems the birds were out to delight us today. The Northern gannets were practicing the wonderful art of plunge diving, where they fly high up into the air fold back their wings and shoot into the waters surface to catch fish. When plunging into the water they can reach speeds of up to 100km per hour. Other birds seen on the tour include: long tailed duck, eider duck, common guillemot, black guillemot, black headed gull, kittiwake and northern fulmar. A few harbour porpoises popped up to join us for a while but no larger cetaceans were seen, so complimentary tickets were given out. However, the birds, and, of course the beautiful landscape made a beautiful voyage.

Picture by Babsi Neubarth and text by Tess Hudson

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Stormy weather from Southeast expected us this morning when we went out from Dalvik. Thankfully it did not rain, but the swells splashed us from time to time. We searched long and hard but unfortunately had to give out complimentary tickets to all our passengers as no fins were spotted. In order to increase our chances in the afternoon we went out from Akureyri and searched a different part of the fjord. After about two hours we were fortunate enough to encounter a baleen whale. This individual came quite close and we got some nice looks. The crew is still not sure though whether it was a larger minke or a small sei whale. We will have to take a closer look at all the pictures and will got out tomorrow once more to look for the majestic creatures of the sea.

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

We sure had some adventures out on the fjord today, sailing from Árskógssandur we were able to travel all the way round Hrisey island and were able to view some spectacular landscape, which is still snow covered. On the tour many bird species were out and about including: northern fulmar, northern gannet, long tailed duck, eider duck, black headed gull, common and black guillemot. It was a bit windy and wavy out there today which made sailing an enjoyable adventure. Unfortunately, there were not any cetaceans to be seen today, so complimentary tickets were issued to passengers. Hopefully they will be back to delight us tomorrow.

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Monday, 15 April 2019

Incredible conditions were expecting us throughout the day. It was warm, sunny and calm out in the fjord, almost as if the weather was celebrating the beginning of the RIB boat season. We went on three tours and could find the same humpback whale on every tour. The individual was diving and showing its fluke perfectly. The highlight of the day though, was the arrival of our first minke whale of 2019! This particular individual seemed to be quite curious about us, came really close to our boat and delighted everyone onboard the afternoon tour. We even saw a glimpse of a single white-beaked dolphin. Great day here in the fjord!

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Today we went on one tour in the afternoon and could enjoy the presence of the same humpback whale we have been seeing for 3 days now. The conditions were a bit windier than during the last couple of days so that we had to battle a few swells. It stayed dry throughout the tour apart from a few splashes. We saw the humpback whale close and a bit further surfacing multiple times. The individual showed its fluke all around us. Hence, nice pictures were guaranteed. Mr. or Mrs. Humpback we would like you to stay for many more days to come!

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Hello Saturday, hello sunshine, hello humpback whale! We went on one afternoon tour today in stunning conditions with a breeze blowing from Southeast. It took us about 45 minutes to spot the blow of a humpback whale. When we saw its fluke, we realized it was the same individual we had seen yesterday. It even behaved comparably, coming up regularly and gracefully showing us the fluke. A gorgeous day with a gorgeous humpback whale.

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Friday, 12 April 2019

HUMPBACK’S are back baby! It’s been just over a month since we last saw our favorite whale species our blessed humpbacks, and as you can image we were delighted to have them back in the fjord today. This beautiful individual captivated us with some lovely surfacing sequences and some spectacular dives. The humpbacks can hold their breath for 55 minutes but this individual was only going for 3 minute dives allowing us to great a great look at this individual. Delighted to have the happy humpbacks back in Eyjafjörður.

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Thursday, 11 April 2019

White-beaked dolphins continued to honor us with their presence today on two tours. In the morning we saw a small pod of 5-7 individuals likely feeding, whereas in the afternoon we could enjoy at least 70+ dolphins. We believe it must have been multiple pods which joined momentarily together for some unknown reason. How lucky that we found them just in that moment. Seas were calm as could be so that we turned off the engines and just listened to the sound of the dolphins breathing. Absolutely delightful to be part of such an experiences! And soon we hope that the larger cetaceans will be back in our area, too.

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Dolphinately a delightful day! The sun was shining gloriously, the fjord was super flat and there was no wind making sailing a wonderful experience. It didn’t take hardly any time to find our first cetaceans today, which were the fantastic white-beaked dolphins. They were jumping, leaping and bow ridding throughout. A few times they even came right up to the bow and we could see them swimming under the waters surface next to the boat! What an unforgettable experience! Three of them even jumped all in a row! The closest dolphins, consisting of about 10 individuals were just incredible to watch, (there were more dolphins further away) and even consisted of mother and calf pairs. The cute harbour porpoises were also spotted on both tours today popping up out of the flat fjord. Can’t wait until be are back out in Eyjafjörður tomorrow.

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Sunshine galore makes every trip super enjoyable at the moment and so do the cetacean which visit Eyjafjordur. We sailed very far North today in hope of finding some of the very exciting species we had seen last week. After about 90 minutes of sailing we were rewarded by a huge blow to our right. It turned out to be the blue whale. What a majestic animal that was not too easy to observe at the beginning. However, our patience paid off so that we even saw it rolling onto one side and showing us its flipper. Absolutely extraordinary to see a blue whale doing that! To top it all, we encountered a pod of 6-9 white-beaked dolphins on our way back to the harbour. A fabulous day out with two species we do not see often in the fjord.

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Monday, 8 April 2019

A spectacular day out on the fjord today, the conditions were just perfect! The sun was shining, the fjord super flat and there was no wind, which is always a pleasant surprise. We sailed from Dalvik today and not only saw our first Northern Gannet of the season but found a wonderful pod of beautiful white-beaked dolphins. This pod was quite spread out and there was even a mother and calf pair among them. They delighted us with some beautiful surfacing sequences and even bow-rode for a bit. They were right at the front of the boat allowing us to see their beautiful bodies popping up under the waters surface just meters away from us. Some dolphins then even started leaping right out of the water a wonderful site to see!

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Sunday, 7 April 2019

After the incredible week we have had with orcas, sperm and blue whale, we could not wait to get out on the water this morning. The weather looked super promising, too. Blue sky, sunshine, no clouds and almost no wind accompanied us all around the entrance of the fjord. We search for over three hours very far North. But unfortunately no blows, splashes of fins were seen. Hence, we gave out complimentary tickets to all our passengers to come again and search together with us for marine mammals.

Text by Babsi Neubarth

Saturday, 6 April 2019

BLUE WHALE in the fjord!! The worlds largest animal that has ever lived decided to delight us with its presence today on both our tours. This gigantic beast of approximately 18 meters (maybe more) was found right at the end of Eyjafjörður, but as our tour left from Dalvík it was a rather short sail. This individual surfaced many times allowing us a wonderful look at its blue/grey molted body, small dorsal fin and finally its humongous fluke! Which it raised right out of the water for us. What an incredible week we are having! Join us tomorrow to see what delights we can find.

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson