Sunday, 19 August 2018

Another unexpected sunny and warm day for our Icelandic summer today! A little breeze was blowing in the morning but the afternoon has delighted us with Beaufort zero and an unbelievable flat mirror sea. And today again it has been a day full of whales. At least 5 humpback whales were happily swimming, diving and feeding in the area next to Hrisey, and we easily found out the reason on our fish finder on board: a big concentration of fish was detected between 35 and 50 meters of depth. We easily recognized some of them: one was our very well known Depill, who was missing from the fjord in the last weeks and we are so glad for its returning. We found again also Harley Dafinson and another individual that we are regularly seeing since a couple of days and that we decided to name after the great Aretha Frank(f)in!:)

 

Text and Pictures by Annalisa Sambolino

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Whale, whale, whale, what an exceptional day to be out on the fjord. The sun was shining, there was very little wind and it was a bit wavy in the morning but conditions improved throughout the day. Today we had some beautiful whales, old and new. Including Marina, Athos and Harley Davfinson.  Many more were also spotted in the distance. The whales closer to us came up many times showing their wonderful and massive flukes as they went for a deeper dive. One rather inquisitive individual even circled around one of our rib boats. Sometimes its not always people who like to watch the wildlife. The whales are also curious and like to watch us too! A delightful whale filled day!

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Friday, 17 August 2018

What a wonderful day to be out of the fjord! It was cloudy but not too cold and there was very little wind. Both our smaller boat tours and our larger boats saw some amazing whales! We saw some of our old favorites including Victoria and Jackson. But also a few new whales who we haven´t had the chance to name yet! The whales were coming up very regularly and showing us their wonderful flukes as they did so. On one of our rib boat tours we even saw a beautiful whale jump out of the water!! Its whole body cleared the water as it spun very balletically up and round. Just exceptional! 

Text by Tess Hudson, pictures by Saga Sigurðardottir

Thursday, 16 August 2018

We sailed out with cloudy conditions and the wind was quite cold. After an hour sailing we came to a good feeding area. On our fish finder we noticed there was a lot of fish around and there were quite a few humpback whales. We noticed three whales swimming together and at least two other whales in the area moving alone. One of the whales was an individual we know very well, its name is Cascade. Last year Cascade had very clear scarring on its body that we think were caused by fishing lines or a net that it had been entangled in. This year most of these scars have healed very well which is very nice to see.
The whales were moving around the boat coming up very close several times. A great day with these beautiful whales.

Text and pictures Anouk de Plaa 

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

We sailed out in cloudy conditions but the weather was not too cold. After an hour sail we found an area where there was apparently a lot of fish available and that is exactly what our whales are after. There were around 12 humpback whales in the area! Some were feeding by themselves but many of them were together with other whales. This season it does not happen often that we see this many whales together in one area, so this was a wonderful surprise. 
It was wonderful to see the whales moving together and diving synchronized. Many of the whales came up very close to the boat and some even seemed to check us out. Turning and moving towards the boat and having a closer look. 
An incredible day with amazing sightings!

Text Anouk de Plaa, pictures by Tess Hudson 

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The wild life in our fjord was great in to days tours. The weather was nice with sunshine and calm sea state. On our way out the fjord we could enjoy the view of the landscape while searching for the cetaceans. North of Hjalteyri we had a great encounter with five humpback whales who came up often giving us a good show. In the afternoon the whales were spotted in the same area, two humpback whales came very close to the boat couple of times and gave us quite a nice time. Amazing and yet another successful day in the fjord with out giant creatures.

Text by Anna Gunnarsdóttir and pictures by Tess Hudson 

Monday, 13 August 2018

Blue sky, only a little wind, what more can you want from the start of the week...manic Mondays? Certainly not here in Eyjafjördur. We went out and had to battle a bit of fog in the morning, but for the rest of the day we could enjoy humpback whales, minke whales and harbour porpoises a plenty. Especially the individual Harley Dafinson entertained us with great and punctual dives. On the afternoon tour it came up every 6 1/2 minutes, working like a clock. Lovely day here in the North of Iceland.

Text and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Sunday, 12 August 2018

It has been a very lucky day for the passengers of our tours today. The sun kept shining all day, the sea was absolutely flat in our beautiful fjord and just a little breeze started blowing in the afternoon. And our humpback whales gave their contribution for the perfect tours: just before reaching Hrisey Island we found seven humpback whales happily feeding all together, helping out each other in catching the small fish. the fish-finder on board showed that between 30 and 40 meters depth was plenty of tasty whale-food! We were surrounded by flukes and blows all over, and we identified some of our well known humpbacks in the group: Harley Dafinson, Jackson, Kriller and Flip Flop.

 

Text by Annalisa Sambolino, Pictures by Tess Hudson

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Today we felt like summer was back again (or maybe it just started?). The shining sun always makes our tours even more pleasant and special. But when we just left for our morning tour we got even more surprised, finding two humpback whales right inside the harbour ! These two beauties were probably exploring around looking for food, and clearly the presence of the boats did not worry them. Later in the day we also found two more humpbacks around Hjalteyri and during one of our rib tour the passengers got lucky enough to spot also a minke whale on the way! 

 

Text and pictures by Annalisa Sambolino

Friday, 10 August 2018

We sailed out with flat seas and a lot of fog, posing a bit of a challenge for our whale spotting skills. Luckily the fog started lifting quickly, however, some mist banks remained throughout the day making the day quite chilly.
During our morning tour we encountered a Minke whale close to Hjalteri. Normally Minke whales can be shy and swim away quickly, this animal however was quite relaxed, swimming around the boat giving us very good sightings of it.
In the afternoon we had to sail quite a bit further out and passed the island of Hrisey before we encountered two humpback whales. Whenever one humpback whale went down the other one came back up to the surface. So we were lucky and managed to see the whales and their beautiful tails many times despite the short time we were able to spend with them.

Text Anouk de Plaa

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Today in the morning we went out on our catamaran Holmasol and we could find a tricky humpback whale, but despite that, we managed to have good observations of this whale. In the afternoon the sky cleared up and after a few days the sun was shining. We found a humpback whale and also another species of whale, the second smallest in the world, the minke whale. It is good to have the summer back in Eyjafjordur!

Text and pictures by Albert Camara

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Today it has been one of the coldest days since summer started. Cold winds from north were blowing early in the morning, making our guests realize how cold the Icelandic summer can be. In all the tours we could find the same two whales, Tattoo and Cascade, both of them old friends of us from other seasons. Despite the cold, our guests could enjoy close approaches and constant dives, allowing them to take lots of pictures. 

Text and pictures by Albert Camara

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

A rather rainy day out on the fjord meant our overalls and rain jackets were put to good use. Luckily for us the whales don´t mind the weather, rain or shine its all the same to them as they live under the water anyway. Therefore, we got to see some fantastic humpback whales! On our express tour we spotted a whale called Lucifer who was first seen here last summer and on our classic tour we spotted a whale called Jafar, which we have been seeing the last week in the fjord and who was originally spotted in Reykjavik in 2016. Our later tours spotted more humpbacks including Lucifer and Cascade another familiar whale. A wonderful day to be out on the fjord. 

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Monday, 6 August 2018

Monday, 6 August 2018

No rainbows without the rain. And no gold at the end, something better, whales! We saw Victoria today, recognizable by the V shaped scar on her tail. The people of the beautiful oak boat Huni, took us out on the fjord and made hot chocolate and waffles for everyone. What a treat. The express tour went further north in the fjord and saw Tattoo, our friend who came back into the fjord yesterday. Tattoo has some scars from an attack of killer whales on its flukes. It was with us last summer and it is good to see it again. And of course no rainbows without the sun, sometimes there were some beams of light peaking through the sky. A great day of whale watching again.

Photo`s and text; Marjolein

Sunday, 5 August 2018

What a beautiful day to be out on the fjord, we had wonderfully calm seas and some beautiful whales. On our morning tour we found two humpbacks, Jackson and Jafar who were feeding together and surfacing right next to the boat which was just awesome! On our next tours we could barely hold our excitement as we heard that one of our old favorite whales had returned to the fjord and we were all very eager to welcome him home. We found our star of the show Tattoo and were overjoyed to see its exceptional patterned fluke for the second year in a row! Next to that, Soma and one other humpback whale made their appearances very close to our boat. Summer days like this are sure fun.

Text by Tess Hudson and pictures by Babsi Neubarth

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Today on our tours we got to hang out with one of our favorite humpback whales, Jackson! Jackson first joined out catalog of whales early last year and since has become a favorite due to it´s easily recognizable white fluke with a white spot and placid behaviour. Jackson usually spends most of its time at the surface, instead of going for long dives under the waters surface which makes it the perfect whale to watch.  Our rib tours were able to go out a bit further and spotted two more beautiful humpbacks and even more tremendous white-beaked dolphins, who were surfacing and even leaping! A lovely day to be out on the fjord. 

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Friday, 3 August 2018

We could say that whalewatching is never easy, but today we had two trips which look so, since we had flat seas, good whales and sun shining. In the morning trip we found Jaffar, one of the humpback whales that we know from Reykjavik, and who has been re-sighted several times since 2016. After a while we kept sailing north and we found our beloved and well-known friend Jackson, delighting us with very close encounters. In the afternoon we found Jackson again, who performed the whole show during the tour. We know we can always rely on our whales!

Text and pictures by Albert Camara 

Thursday, 2 August 2018

We sailed out with beautiful conditions, the water was completely flat and we had sunshine so it was even warm during our first tour.
In the morning, after about an hours sail we spotted 3 humpbacks whales. Two of them were swimming together and we have seen this duo before. They are called Infinity and Jafar and seem to be good friends. Jafar has also been spotted around Reykjavik in the previous years. They gave us a big surprise and surfaced right behind the boat.
In the afternoon tour we also encountered humpback whale Jackson our old friend.  

Text Anouk de Plaa and pictures Tess Hudson

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Today the fjord was wonderfully flat, and the sailing was a breeze. We saw a beautiful humpback with a wonderful dark fluke. All humpbacks have a unique pattern on the underside of their fluke, which can be used to identify an individual. The individual we saw on this mornings tour is a new animal to the fjord and therefore, has not yet been named. We have a suggestion box onboard if any of our passengers can think of a good name. On a few of our tours today we were also delighted to see the wonderful Northern bottle-nosed whales as they surfaced together. These whales are easily identified by their grey colouring, large bulbous head and large dorsal fin on the back of its back. A lovely day to be out on the water. 

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson 

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

We sailed with beautiful conditions, blue sky and sunshine. We have been missing this sort of weather since it has been quite gray the last few weeks. After an hour sailing we encountered two humpback whale swimming side by side, moving slowly and coming to the surface often and close to the boat. On our later tours we encountered many more humpbacks and even a group of 5 individuals, which were very busy filling their large stomachs full of fish and krill. 

On a few of our tours we got quite a surprise, as we encountered a group of northern bottlenose whales. They were right in the harbour. These northern bottlenose whales are visitors to our fjord and we spotted them for the first time a month ago.
We are not sure why they are visiting our fjord because these animals normally live far away from the shore and in very deep water. However, it was great to see this group again, the animals seemed relaxed coming up often and did not move away from the boat.

Text Anouk de Plaa, pictures by Tess Hudson