Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Yet another stunning day out on the water today with warm temperatures, little wind and calm seas. The whales were as delightful as always, not only did we encounter our favorite humpback whale Iskona, but we were also delighted to see a minke whale who surfaced just beautifully, coming up many times, allowing us to see its pointed snout, long streamlined body and tail sickle shaped dorsal fin. Wonderful harbour porpoises also popped up throughout the day which added to our excitement of sailing the longest fjord in Iceland. Our wonderful humpbacks delighted us with some wonderful flukes and on occasion some very close encounters, due to Iskona’s curious nature. At one time we had stopped and turned our engines off and lovely Iskona came towards us and surfaced right in front of our boat, causing sequels of delight from all of our passengers. Iskona then arched her beautiful body and raised her fantastic fluke right into the air as she went for a deeper dive. Just magical!

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

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Monday, 14 October 2019

Another cold morning in Akureyri with great sea conditions. We sailed out having almost clear sky and no wind. The mountains in the fjord are getting more and more covered with snow so the landscape looks just stunning. We barely passed Hjalteyri area when we spotted our first blow. It was a Humpback whale that we know pretty well - Aretha Frankfin and we were able to admire this whale on both our tours today, active and feeding. In the afternoon tour we also found Iskona and our non-fluking whale but again we didn’t see the tail and he was rather shy around the boats today. 3 Humpback whales! Whole day was just amazing with the weather conditions and few of our passengers even asked if we have sunscreen on board! Amazing day to be out there.

Departures today: Classic 09:00 & 13:00

Text and Pictures: Ania Wojcik

Sunday, 13 October 2019

A delightful day, with lots of whales at play. With frost on the ground and a chill in the air we set sail out on the fjord. We were greeted with some wonderful bird life including black-legged kittiwake, eider duck and cormorant, to name but a few. The charming harbour porpoises also delighted us throughout the day as they leaped out of the mirror flat fjord. The stars of the trips today were undoubtedly the humpback whales. All our tours today got to see three wonderful whales. Aretha Frankfin, Iskona and the newly named Mini Me. All whales surfaced exceptionally well and many times allowing us a spectacular view of their bodies and wonderful tails as they went for dives. A chilly but awesome day out on the fjord.

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

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Saturday, 12 October 2019

A chilly but lovely day out on the fjord today. This morning was picture perfect with a mirror flat fjord, a slight chill to the air and wonderful pink hues which hung to the sky, birds were flying, wheeling and feeding over the harbour as we set sail giving us a wonderful feeling of adventure. On our way out we spotted some wonderful harbour porpoises who were leaping out of the mirror flat calm. Further into out journey we found not one but three different humpback whales. Aretha Frankfin, Iskona and the new baby whale, who were happily surfacing after filling their large bellies full of food. Our afternoon tour enjoyed more whale action with the baby and Aretha and occasionally Iskona, who was going for very long dives. Did you know that these whales can hold their breaths for 55 minutes? Cute little porpoises also popped up many times throughout the tour both surprising and delighting our passengers. Yet another mesmerizing day in Eyjafjörður.

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

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Friday, 11 October 2019

A cloudy day in Eyafjord today we started the day from sailing out from Akureyri a little bit further than Hjalteyri area to find our first Whale. The conditions were not the easiest to spot animals but we were able to enjoy the company of 2 Humpback Whales on all our tours today. Recently we’ve been frequently seeing Artetha Frankfin, Iskona and one more, most likely a juvenile whale that doesn’t has a name yet as he never shows up the fluke so far. We had few close encouters with Aretha and Iskona today both on the big boats and express boats and in the last tour today we were able to finally enjoy some sun. The Fjord looked beautiful, great day to be out there!

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

Text by Ania Wojcik
Pictures by Tess Hudson

Thursday, 10 October 2019

A very wet and windy day out on the fjord today, luckily our lovely rain jackets kept us warm and dry. Our morning express tour managed to see some delightful humpback whales, who were going for long dives but coming up rather close. One of our favorites was there to entertain us, our star Aretha Frankfin. Who showed off her super unique tail fluke when she went for a dive. Our afternoon classic tour found our darling Iskona who gave us a wonderful show of her wonderfully patterned body. Iskona also delighted all of our passengers when it suddenly surfaced just a couple meters from the boat. Harbour porpoises also popped us throughout the day, giving us a wonderful show of their cute little forms. Never a dull moment here in the fjord.

Departures: Express: 10:00, Classic: 13:00

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Wednesday greeted us with rainbows and impressive waves at the end of the Fjord, the further we went the swell on the sea was rising and other boats were simply disappearing from the horizon behind the waves! It didn’t bother the whales at all - we found at least 3 Humpback whales today and we were able to admire them on all our tours. At least one individual was our regular visitor this summer and we called him Depill, which means dot in Icelandic and the name comes from the amount of dots he has on his fluke. We were able to get very close with him on our Express tour today. The other two were not identified yet, one will be definitely not easy to recognize as he didn’t show the fluke at all but the tail is of course not the only way to identify them so we will keep you updated!

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

Text by Ania Wojcik
Pictures by Albert Camara

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

A beautiful day to sail out - autumn in the north is in full colors now! We sailed out from Akureyri in almost windless conditions and in the morning tour we were able to find 3 individuals of Humpback Whales around Hjalteyri area. They were not easy to follow and quite spread in the distance between each other but we had few very nice encounters when one of them popped up just meters away from us. In the afternoon the conditions has changed a bit, we found two whales in the same area but we struggled with following them - the wind has picked up so it was harder to spot animals. Even tho we’ve seen whales, we kept quite far distance from them and for that reason we decided to call the tour complimentary and invite all our passengers to join us again some other time. The Express boat had much better luck! They went further out to Hauganes and had amazing encounter with 3 Humpack Whales - happy news of the day, our whale Aretha Frankfin seems to be back!

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

Text by Ania Wojcik
Pictures by Tess Hudson

Monday, 7th October 2019

It was a little bit windy as we headed out into the fjord today, but nothing too bad, it wasn’t too cold so sailing was very comfortable. Both our classic and express departures got to see plenty of whales today, at least 3 different humpbacks whales were hanging around Hjalteryri. Including our beloved Iskona and 2 new ones. Our lovely Iskona, gave us some beautiful surfaces really close to the boat, which delighted all of our passengers. One of the new ones also gave us a incredible showing of its beautifully patterned fluke! Another wonderful day out on the water.

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

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Sunday, 6 October 2019

After the strong winds from yesterday, today we have been able to sail out again in Eyjafjörður. And it has not been disappointing at all. On all of our tours we have encountered 3 different Humpback Whales, all of them before arriving to Hjalteyri. We could only identify our beloved Iskona (our Ice Woman) together with another whale who does not have a name yet… Maybe we should call it Ice Man?

On the way back from our afternoon tour we were lucky to see a Minke Whale surfacing very close from our boat. It has been very nice to see these two different species of whale.

Departures today: Classic 9h and 13h; Express 10h

Text by Albert Camara and pictures by Tess Hudson

Friday, 4 October 2019

Lots of whales today in Eyjafjörður! We started the day on our rib boat Solfar II with an unexpected sighting: a very nice Minke Whale decided to surface next to our boat, delighting us with a very close up encounter. We can honestly say it has been one of the best Minke whale sightings of the season! Later on, we decided to sail further out and it was worth it since we found our dear friend Depill. As usual, we had very close observations with this whale. On our way back, we found a few Harbor porpoises, but we still had another surprise: 2 more Humpback whales (one of them was Iskona). Perfect way to finish the trip!

In the afternoon we sailed out on our catamaran Holmasol and we could enjoy again the 2 humpbacks, as well as a few porpoises. We could not sail much further north since the wind started to pick up. It looks like strong winds are coming in tonight. At least we could make the most of it just before the bad weather!

Departures today: Classic 13h and Express 10h

Text by Albert Camara and pictures by Tess Hudson

Thursday, 3 October 2019

What a beautiful day out on the fjord, as autumn settles in the colours on the fjord have begun to change from luscious greens to golden reds and blazing sunset oranges, simply wonderful. On today´s tours we encountered some wonderful wildlife including harbour porpoises and four humpback whales. Ones which we know very well too, Iskona was obviously out to show us how beautiful she is, but also old favorites Harley Davfinson and Depill joined us. We also got to see a BREACH! A magical moment when a whale leaps right out of the water! Such a rare and incredible sight to see. Yet another truly delightful day out on the fjord, full of beauty and tranquility.

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

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Flat seas again in Eyjafjörður today! Once again, like in the last couple of days, we have enjoyed flat mirror seas under a shining sun. And these weather conditions make our job much easier. Throughout the whole day we have seen the 3 most common species we can see here in the fjord: Harbor porpoises, Minke Whale and Humpback Whales. Among the humpback whales we have enjoyed again our beloved friend Iskona (our particular Ice woman), who has been delighting our passengers with its beautiful tail. We love whale watching under these sea conditions! Today we were also delighted with not one but two wonderful minke whales in the fjord, including our beloved “Sei”, who has been seen every month since April in our fjord.

Departures today: Classic 13h and 14h ; Express 10h and 14h

Text and pictures by Tess Hudson and Albert Camara

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Yet another joyous day on the fjord. The weather was fantastic on both of our tours, with a calm fjord, very little wind and the sun shining down on us. Our wonderful humpback whale Iskona was out to delight us today with some truly terrific close encounters. This wonderful whale surfaced many times and on occasion very close. In the afternoon tour we had to sail much further north, close to Hrisey, where we could finally see a different whale who delighted us with some tail launching.

Harbour porpoises also popped up throughout the day and even started leaping at times bringing almost all of their cute little bodies out of the water which is a super rare thing to witness. Another wild day in the wilderness.

Departures Express: 10:00 & Classic 13:00

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson and Albert Camara

Monday, 30 September 2019

We started our tour this morning with freezing temperatures and frozen boat, but the sun was shinning and we enjoyed an amazing weather in the fjord. We saw again so many harbour porpoises coming up during our sailing towards north. But today the real star of the tours was Iskona, our very well known Humpback Whale, that has been in the area for weeks now. This calm an approachable animal is a very good whale, always surfacing calmly and displaying its beautiful fluke for us! Another successful day in Eyjafjörður.

Departures CLASSIC 9 and 13, EXPRESS 10 and 14

Text and Pictures by Barbara Hintermayer

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Amazing day today! Sun, flat fjord and a lot of cetaceans. In the morning we saw so many Harbour Porpoises and up north we also found our Humpback Whale ‘Iskona’ and we could approach very well to this friend. The afternoon tour was even more incredible. We also saw a lot of harbour porpoises and 4 Humpback Whales!!! We had an awesome encounter with Iskona as well, and suddenly another humpback whale surfaced very close. This two individuals were swimming and diving together and while we were following them we spotted a third Humpback whale, and in our last sighting we saw a fourth whale in the area. It was absolutely spectacular!

Departures: CLASSIC 9 & 13, EXPRESS 14

Text and Pictures by Barbara Hintermayer

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Winter is coming! We had a cold but also a successful day in Eyjafjordur. This morning we found a Humpback whale next to Hjalteyri. This whale has been in the area for several days in a row, and this individual is very easy to distinguish due to its small size and its very pointy and distinctive dorsal fin. In our second tour, we managed to see all 3 main species of cetaceans that we commonly find in our fjord. First, we had a short but very close encounter with a Minke Whale and after a while we spotted the same humpback whale. This time the whale was quite tricky, but we could even see its beautiful fluke. And while we were waiting for this friend to surface we had a surprisingly close encounter with a group of harbour porpoises, the smallest cetacean of Icelandic waters. These harbour porpoises were coming up very close to our boat, and this nice sighting made the tour even more special.

Departures: CLASSIC 9 and 13, EXPRESS 10

Text by Barbara Hintermayer, Photos by Albert Camara

Friday, 27 September 2019

Cold, rain and wind have come back, but despite the rough sea conditions we succeed and we found 2 Humpback whales right before Hjalteyri. It was not easy, but we managed to have some close encounters, especially with Iskona (our particular Ice Woman). It looks like this whale likes us, since it has been in the fjord for more than a week now, delighting our passengers with close up sightings. We could also see a smaller whale who has no name yet… would you come up with any name for this one?

Departures today: Classic 9h and 13h; Express 10h

Text by Albert Camara and pictures by Barbara Hintemeyer

Thursday, 26 September 2019

What a wonderful whale fulled day. Our morning express tour we found not only our recent favorites including Iskona and Aretha Frankfin but also some older friends including Depill and three new individuals! The weather was fantastic with a calm fjord, a little sun and very little wind, made it a delight to sail. The whales were super friendly today and surfaced many times allowing us to see their wonderful flukes as they went for deeper dives. Its always amazing to see so many whales in the fjord, six we got to see close up but there was plenty more in the distance. Just another incredible day in the north.

Departures: 10:00 Express, 13:00 Classic

Pictures and text by Tess Hudson