Friday 20 October 2017

From morning to afternoon tours we had from a raining to a sunny day, although the most significant weather conditions were smooth seas all the time. In the morning "wet" tour, we could join two groups of two humpback whales. The first one was "Manu" and "Cosmo", the white flukes whale, and the second group was composed by the black flukes of "Misso" and "Jubilee". Returning to the same region in the afternoon, although no more rain, we had few surprises with new humpbacks, came inside the fjord again "Depill" and "Bear". We can not forget our friendly and shy harbour porpoises that there were present in both tours. Returning from the afternoon tour, we were so lucky with a magnificent landscape of snow-covered mountains and the sun shining.

Text and pictures by Manu Bassoi.


Thursday, 19 October 2017

Jubilee, Cascade and Miso made sure that we had another very nice day out in Eyjafjördur. The sky was clouded and the wind was blowing quite strong, still the mountains provided enough shelter to go out and our overalls kept us warm and comfortable. We sailed for a little more than half an hour before we encountered Cascade. Later we watched Miso and Jubilee raising their flukes, feeding and going for deep dives sometimes only a few meters away from the boat. Pictures of flukes directly in front of snowy mountains is really a stunning sight. What a nice whale watching day in October.

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Today was one of these days where we were really grateful that the mountains around Eyjafjördur provide us with shelter from the rough winds. We went out on one Classic and one RIB boat tour under dry skies. In the area around Hjalteyri we met up with three humpback whales which were busy feeding all individually. Jubilee, Cascade and a new whale which we named ‘Misu’ provided us with really great looks. Cascade even tail slapped twice directly in front of us! We returned happily to Eyjafjördur and enjoyed some warm drinks to warm up on the way back.

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

We sailed north with astounding conditions, the water was smooth, and there was almost no wind. The landscape of Eyjafjordur was stunning on both tours. Just around Hjalteyri, the old herring factory, we encountered our first humpback whale. It was "Cascade", an animal that we encountered often this summer. There were many whales in the area, and we decided to stay around and sail to other humpbacks. We met "Alli", our "whistle blow" whale, and three different humpbacks were also spotted. During afternoon tour we joined the same individuals in the same area. We can't complain about the weather and the whales in October in Eyjafjordur!

Text and pictures by Manu Bassoi.


Monday, 16 October 2017

We sailed out with exceptional conditions: no wind, blue skies, bright sunny, and the snow-covered mountains. We could not ask for a better day! After Hjalteyri we could find our first humpback whale, one of our "black flukes" named "Pepper". Further north we were surprised by a minke whale, and also by three of our known humpbacks. "Lopapaysa" and "Jubilee" were swimming together and very synchronized. There was a moment that they just popped out very close to the boat, surprising us all. "Cascade" was also around and showing his "over fluke" as usual. Other humpbacks could also be observed further north, but we didn't travel so far. On the way back we met "Cosmo" who arrived yesterday in the fjord, and two more animals which could not be identified. Perhaps more new flukes for us!  Summing up today, humpback whales truly surrounded us. Moreover, we would like to thank a lovely family from Austria that came yesterday and repeated the experience today just to admire once more the humpbacks of Eyjafjörður.

Text and pictures by Manu Bassoi.


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Golden October has finally also reached Akureyri and its surroundings. Only a few clouds stopped the sun here and there from shining brightly and the wind was only blowing a little bit through the fjord. We went out at 10:00 and 13:00 and could enjoy feeding humpbacks galore on both tours. Overall we could get pictures of seven flukes, some of them were well-known, some of them we did not recognize instantly. Of course Max, Tattoo, King Louis and Harley were quite obvious and did what they are currently doing most of the time, feeding on the rich fish stocks in the fjord. Cosmo was one of the flukes that looked familiar but required reconfirmation of our catalogue to be certain. It’s always really great to see more resights from last year! And there a still a few months to go in 2017, so let’s see how many resights we can get until then.

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Snow covered mountains have become a constant sight here in Akureyri and surroundings. Overnight we had a storm passing the north of Iceland, but luckily it had calmed down enough so that we could go out on the one o’clock tour. Still there were some swells to face which did not trouble anyone on board and made sailing more exciting. At points we even got to enjoy blue skies and the sun warming our faces. The humpback whale we started and ended the tour with was Harley. In between it felt a little bit like a small reunion with Tattoo, Jackson, D’Artagnan and Max were all busy feeding all around the boat and really surprised us many times when they did separate and then come back up together. On the way back we could also welcome a few Northern Fulmars back in the fjord which seemed to have vanished for a while. After a few days of rain we are looking forward towards the good weather that is predicted for tomorrow.

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Friday, 13 October 2017

The typical autumn weather is still staying in the fjord with cold winds blowing from the north and low clouds hanging in the mountains that cause heavy rains from time to time. Once again we found brave sailors to join us to embark on a journey to battel the elements while looking for cetaceans. It actually turned out to be a lot of fun to sway with the motion of the ocean and half way between Hjalteyri and Grenivik we found Jackson the well-known humpback whale. We got to enjoy it coming up right next to the boat and after a while we finally go to see its gorgeous and significant fluke. Jackson’s fluke is almost all white with a big black dot on one side. Battling the elements was definitely worth to spend some quality time with this humpback whale. The forecast for tomorrow looks stormy but we are hoping that the mountains around Eyjafjördur will provide enough shelter so that we can go out on the 13:00 tour.

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Probably the whales did not feel much difference today whether being under the water or coming up for air since it has been raining in Eyjafjördur almost nonstop for two days now. This did not stop us from going out and searching for whales of course and we did not have to look for long. Right outside of Svalbardseyri we met King Louis and a minke whale. We spent some time with these two before heading further out where we were surprised by many harbour porpoises. It must have been at least 15-17 individuals. The rest of the tour we did enjoy with Harley Dafinson and a new individual which will be known as ‘Heidi’ from now on. We are looking forward to tomorrow, hopefully this rain will be stopping soon.

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The rain was our company today, though the sea was beautifully quiet. Moreover, we didn't have to sail far north to find our beloved humpbacks. About two miles south the geothermal vents buoy we spotted many groups of harbour porpoises, and two well know whales, "King Louis" and "Harley Dafinson". They were swimming very synchronised and for our great surprise "Harley Danfinson" just breached close to us, the entire body! Swimming close to these whales, but not together, was our famous "whistle blow" whale named "Alli". The whales were just swimming around us all the tour, and our boat Hólmasól was practically stopped for a long time. A genuinely enjoyable wet day out with our humpbacks and porpoises.

Text and pictures by Manu Bassoi.


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Seven humpbacks whales made our three tours today a great experience for everybody onboard. Over night the temperatures had dropped below zero so that we were greeted by crisp, but fresh sea air in the morning. Almost no wind made sailing very pleasant and the sun slowly warmed us up. All was set for a good whale day when we spotted the first blows around the biggest geo-thermal vent. King Louis, Pepper, Millenium Falcon and Manu did spend some time together so that we stayed with the group of four for a while. However, it was Harley Dafinson which took us by surprise with fantastic tail slaps and lobs on the afternoon tour. Once more we can only be grateful for the wildlife we get to enjoy here in Eyjafjördur.

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Monday, 9 October 2017

Eyjafjördur today was overcast, but still with beautifully flat seas. From early tour till late tour we always observed about five to seven humpback whales including "Cascade", "Jackson", "King Louis", "Harley Dafinson", "Syri", and "Pepper". They were either swimming alone or in pairs, but of course "Jackson" was always solo. The whales were raising the flukes several times, and all them were northern of Hjaltery or in front of Grenivík. We also could enjoy a tail lobbing today! Some groups of harbour porpoises also made their appearance in the tours as well a minke whale

Text and pictures by Manu Bassoi.


Sunday, 8 October 2017

We sailed northwards with extraordinary conditions, there was almost no wind, so the water was glassy as a mirror. About twenty minutes sailing we encountered a minke whale, which was a pleasant surprise as minkes are not so common in the fjord. After, just northern Hjalteri we encountered the humpback whale called "Cascade". The whale was relaxed and just swimming around the boat and showing its fluke several times. Continuing our tour, what a surprise to meet our favourite humpback "Jackson". This humpback was even more relaxed than "Cascade", as we the boat was practically stopped all the time and this whale was moving around us, and sometimes the animal came just beside of the vessel to the surprise of all! The passengers could hear very well the blow of "Jackson" and see its incredible and big pectoral flipper. Moreover, the landscape of the fjord is marvellous now with the snow on the top of the mountains.  What beautiful pictures, from the whales and Eyjafjördur!

Text and pictures by Manu Bassoi.


Saturday, 7 October 2017

We sailed out with no wind again, luckily smooth seas. However, we had to sail out all the way to Grenivík to spot our first humpback whale. It was the humpback called "Cascade", whom we had regularly encountered last month. The whale seemed to be travelling, moving far under the water and surfacing short periods of time. Luckily after "Cascade", we were able to spot a group of three beautiful humpbacks. One of these whales we call "Pepper", but the other two appear to be new humpbacks in our catalogue! What a great news. Moreover, on our way back we got a bit of a surprise when we encountered another species of cetacean, a minke whale

Text and pictures by Manu Bassoi.


Friday, 6 October 2017

The weather was cold and overcast which felt like we are genuinely no more in the spring. However, no wind at all, which makes fabulous seas. As we passed Hjalteyri, we still had to sail northern as we started seen the whales just after Grenivík. There we saw many, but many blows - humpback whales. We estimated at least about 20 to 25 humpbacks and many groups of two, three and four, and many individual whales. Moreover, in the middle of these humpbacks, we could spot a minke whale. We could stay a good time appreciating this "humpback's ball" before heading back to Akureyri.

Photos and text by Manu Bassoi.


Thursday, 5 October 2017

We sailed out with incredible conditions, the water was smooth as a mirror and there was almost no wind. Yesterday a lot of snow had been falling in the mountains so all the mountain tops were covered in white. So the views in the fjord were breathtaking today. We had to sail out to Grenivik to spot our first whale. But once we arrived there we spotted many different humpback whales, both tours we saw at least 10 whales. There were two groups of 3 whales together and 4 animals moving by themselves. On top of that we also spotted a Minke whale that came close to the boat. Because the conditions were so calm we could hear the whales before we even saw them. One of the humpback whales seemed to be having a cold making a sort of whistling sound when breathing in and out.
Text Anouk de Plaa and pictures Anouk de Plaa.


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

No wind in the morning, so the sea was spectacularly flat. The humpback whales were also awesome, and just southern off Hjaltery we spot three groups of humpbacks. The first group were our know whales "Manu", "Bear", and "King Louis". They were diving for a long time, though when at the surface they were swimming slowly and showed many times their beautiful flukes for the cameras of our passengers. The other groups were composed of one and two whales. The single whale was "Harley Dafinson", and the other two animals just left the area before we could go closer. Despite the increased wind in the afternoon tour, the whales were there, and also we were! 
Text and pictures by Manu Bassoi.


Monday, 2 October 2017

We sailed out with low hanging clouds and an icy wind. We did not have to sail far today already after 20 minutes we encountered our first whale. When scanning the area we realized that there were no less then 7 humpback whales in the area! This was the first time in at least a month that we encountered that many whales this close to Akureyri. 4 animals were moving as a group and 3 other animals were moving solitary.  One of the individuals was Jackson, showing us its snake moves and covering us in whale breath. The group of 4 whales also surfaced many times right next to the boat. On our afternoon tour we spotted large splashes in the distance, a whale was breaching, jumping completely out of the water. When waiting for the whale to come back to the surface it breached right next to the boat.
Text Anouk de Plaa and pictures Babsi Neubarth


Sunday, 1 October 2017

The first day of October started off really foggy on our morning tour but with calm seas. Even though one could not see further than 200 meters at times, we managed to find several humpback whales. They came very close to the boat, however due to the limited visibility it was quite tricky to keep track of all the different individuals. There must have been at least six different whales around. On the afternoon tour the fog had lifted so that we first met King Louis and a minke whale before heading to the area where we would spend the majority of our time with 5-6 different humpback whales. From far we saw two breaches and were already super happy, when two whales decided to perform a double breach less than 50 meters away from Holmasol. It was absolutely stunning and surprising because it came so unexpected. The start of a hopefully golden October certainly has been successful.

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth