Thursday, 21 September 2017

We sailed out with amazing conditions, the sun was shining and there was almost no wind so the water was smooth as a mirror. Near Hjalteri we encountered our first whale, it was a Minke whale. We do not encounter this type of whale very often in the fjord so it always a nice surprise. Minke whales can be shy, but this whale was very relaxed, surfacing many times before going for a dive and approaching the boat. We sailed out further toward Grimsey where we encountered a bit of a whale party, there was a group of seven humpback whales together. A number of the individuals we recognized, Fjall, Tattoo, Adam and Millenium Falcon. During our second tour the group had split up into a group of 3 and 4 whales and we spotted more individuals in the distance. The group of 4 surfaced several times right next to the boat and they dived down synchronized which was an incredible sight! During all tours there were at least 10 whales in the area.
Text Anouk de Plaa and pictures Babsi Neubarth