DAILY DIARY

25.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON - Who will be this morning in the bay???

13:00 - OFF - This afternoon the sea will be too rough to sail and will not be safe out there....

Northern Lights

22:00 - OFF - Due to rough seas and unfavourable weather conditions, we unfortunately have to cancel our Northern Lights Cruise for tonight.  To reschedule your trip contact us at info@reykjaviksailors.is

9:00

The combination of some swell coming from the west and increasing wind coming from the south east made it quite a bumpy ride out into Faxaflói Bay today. However we were pleasantly surprised by some good sightings on our morning tour. After around 1 hour of sailing we spotted a minke whale and managed to see it come to the surface 3 times before it dived and we lost sight of it. We then heard from another whale watching boat that there were some white-beaked dolphins in the area and had a great sighting with them swimming very close to us and swimming underneath and along with the boat several times. On our way back into Reykjavik another group of dolphins quickly swam past our boat and we spotted another minke but only managed to see it very briefly. The weather forecast for the afternoon is not good, so we sadly have to cancel our next tour, but thankfully it was a relatively smooth journey back into the harbour at the end of this morning's tour.

 

 


A brief glimpse of the first minke whale we spotted today

 


 


​Some of the playful white-beaked dolphins swimming by our boat this morning

 

-Astrid​

 

24.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON - Dolphins don't care the weather, they have surprised us in this trip :)

13:00 - OFF - This tour has been cancelled due to very rough sea conditions. Please contact us by email at info@reykjaviksailors.is to reschedule your trip.

Northern Lights

22:00 - ON - The forecast says that tonight we will have some "windows" in the sky. So, keep your eyes up there!!

09:00

On this days a persistent storm has been hovering around Iceland and it has kept conditions very rough on the latter part of the day. However, in the mornings it seems that the warm front passes over the southwest and conditions are fine over this part of the country in the morning. So, as we did yesterday we left today for a single tour. We had conditions good enough to sail towards the feeding area to the west of Reykjavík, but halfway there we spotted the splashes of a large family pod of white-beaked dolphins. 

 

 

 

 

Several pictures of some members of the large family pod that we encountered today.

 

After the family pod of dolphins carried on with their business, we went a little further out into the sandbanks in search of minke whales or may be hoping that the humpback whale that we found yesterday may still around. As we reached the sandbanks we the crew spotted a minke whale that surfaced a few times but we weren't sure how many of the passengers got to see it as it happened very fast. 

 

We will have to wait for these autumnal storms die out and wait for increased production to make more zooplankton available to the fish that feeds whales and dolphins in the bay.

 

-JHF 

23.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON - Even with strong wind and rain....we saw a humpback whale!!! :)

13:00 - OFF -Due to weather, we are forced to cancel this tour.

Northern Lights

22:00 - OFF - It is too windy and the aurora forecast for tonight is not good....We will see tomorrow!!!

09:00

Today we had a cyclone passing over the island and in the morning the warm front was passing over our location. That meant that we had a three to four-hour window of relative calm to try our chances. We left harbor due north initially guided by groups of northern gannets that were seen diving in the distance. When we got closer we detected large shoals of fish on our echo-sounder but after searching for a while we found nothing. However, all the sudden a group of white-beaked dolphins approached us out of nowhere and swam alongside the boat for a good while. 

 

The moment when one of the young individuals from the pod was captured while leaping out of the water effortlessly.

 

We continued searching for the minke whales that we are used to but conditions worsened. Luckily, we heard the news of a humpback whale not far from our location and did not give it a second thought to head there. When we arrived we found a humpback whale lunge feeding at the surface in the company of a group of white-beaked dolphins, possibly feeding on the spoils of the large whale.

 

 

 

The humpback whale that we encountered was busy feeding close to the surface and a small group of white-beaked dolphins was accompanying this individual almost all the time.

 

The way back was rather rough and our passengers had to endure a little rough ride, but the sighting of the humpback and its escort of dolphins made it worthwhile.

 

-JHF

 

22.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights

22:00 - OFF - Due to weather, too cloudy to have nice views...

08:45

Today we had a cloudy day with an easterly strong breeze that brought showers to the coastal areas. we left Reykjavík for the outer bay to search for minke whales may be found feeding in the area. However, we worked extra hard but didn´t  find one. After a while searching in the area we spotted a small groupð of white-beaked dolphins and just managed to get some close views before they left the area. Actually, the sightings were so brief that only the crew saw it well enough of these cetaceans.  Despite the sighting of the dolphins and a brief sighting of some porpoises, we had to return to the harbor with no further sightings so guest's tickets remained valid for another try.

 

The small group of three white-beaked dolphins that made our only sighting today.

 

12:45

The weather for the afternoon tour was still raining, but the wind had calmed significantly so we had better conditions. We repeated the same pattern that we had followed in the morning and sailed straight for the outer bay. Again we searched for minke whales and again we found none, we saw large groups of northern gannets plunge diving in numbers, a strong indication of the presence of large numbers of fish. At one point a small group of harbor porpoises crossed paths with us and nearly all guests got to see them as we had suggested to them to come out and remain alert. then after having sailed for about half an hour we finally found a sizable pod of dolphins, it was actually a family pod with several females and juveniles.

 

This female the "greyhound" is well known by us it has been sighted several times this year and pictures of the rest its pod are being analyzed to confirm their fidelity to it.

 

 

Another picture of the greyhound with a fellow female companion.

 

 

 

While watching the large family pod we had the privilege of watching some young members of the pod leaping out of the water while the older females were busy chasing fish.

 

Overall the encounter with the group of harbor porpoises and the family pod of dolphins made the tour very enjoyable for all our guest. I was glad to take good pictures of the greyhound, one of five or six individuals that are seen repeatedly over the year and form part of the resident population of the bay.

 

-JHF

21.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - OFF

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights

22:00 - ON

20.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights

22:00 - OFF- Due to weather forecast

19.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON - Great Humpback Whale sightings!!!!!

13:00 - ON - We hope to see the humpback whale again in this tour :)

Northern Lights

22:00 - ON

Clouds: Mostly clear

Aurora forecast: 4/9

Let's cross fingers and wish that the aurora activity keeps like that for today. If it does, we will have amazing views for tonight and it looks that we will have the great Northern Lights with us again!!

 

9:00

Again it was a little bit rainy this morning but it was fairly calm so it was nice smooth sailing out into Faxaflói Bay. After around 1 hour we encountered a group of white-beaked dolphins which were spread out over quite a large area and appeared to be feeding. It was difficult to get a very close view of these dolphins but everyone saw them as they swam all around our boat. We kept on sailing to see what else we could find, and we spotted some splashes on the horizon which turned out to be another group of white-beaked dolphins jumping! Sadly they stopped by the time we caught up with them, but the best surprise was still in store. Suddenly we spotted the blow of a humpback! And we could see that the dolphins were swimming around the whale, like they were teasing it. The dolphins came to check us out and swam right next to our boat a few times. And we saw the humpback waving its pectoral fin a few times as well as spy hopping and then we managed to see its tail fluke as it dived a few times so it was a wonderful end to the tour. 

 

 

 

 

 

13:00

Our afternoon tour started with some persistent rain but then the sun suddenly came out and we had beautiful weather for the rest of the trip. We sailed straight back out to where we had spotted the humpback on our morning tour, but sadly did not have any luck in finding it again. We sailed around for quite a while without seeing any cetaceans, but later spotted some white-beaked dolphins. They were swimming very fast however and we only saw them from several hundred metres away from us. When we started to head back to Reykjavik we spotted a minke whale around 200m ahead of us and saw it come to the surface 3 times but then it dived and we did not manage to see it again. We then had a group of dolphins jumping in the distance ahead of us again, and we managed to catch up with them but they just swam underneath our boat once, and we did not have enough time to turn around and follow them. So since our sightings were not as good as we had hoped we offered our customers a return ticket to come and try again another day for free. 

 

-Astrid

18.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights

22:00 - OFF

9:00

It was a little bit rainy and overcast this morning but there was only a gentle breeze so we had very good conditions for whale spotting. After sailing for around an hour we spotted some splashes in the distance which turned out to be some playful white-beaked dolphins jumping through the water! One of them just kept on jumping, coming closer and closer until it was only around 50m from us! It was a wonderful show. We then spotted a couple of minke whales, but the first one was very elusive and we did not get a very good view of it. The second minke however came up to the surface 5 times and everyone on board managed to see it well.


 

 

 



13:00 

Unfortunately the wind had picked up quite a lot by lunchtime and it rained on and off throughout the tour, which meant that conditions were not so good for whale spotting anymore. We sailed for a long time without spotting anything, but did come across 3 minke whales during the tour although each sighting was very brief and not many people managed to see these whales. We did also get a nice surprise of a small group of harbour porpoises on our way back into the harbour, which everyone managed to see, but they did not stick around for long and of course we always hope to get good sightings of the bigger whales so we offered our customers free return tickets to come back and try again another time.

 

-Astrid

17.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - OFF

13:00 - OFF

Due to bad weather conditions we were forced to cancel today tours.

To reschedule or get a refund please contact us at info@reykjaviksailors.is

Northern Lights

22:00 - OFF 

Too cloudy to see any spectacular show

To reschedule or get a refund please contact us at info@reykjaviksailors.is

16.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights

22:00 - OFF

9:00

It was pretty windy today, coming from the south east, and there was still some swell left over from the last few days coming from the west so it made for quite a bumpy ride on our whale watching tour this morning. We sailed for a long time with no luck, but suddenly were surprised by a group of white-beaked dolphins appearing alongside our boat. They stuck around for a few minutes but then disappeared, and we did not see them again. So we decided to start heading back towards Reykjavik since the conditions were so rough, and on the way we were surprised by another group of white-beaked dolphins, this time jumping a bit too! We saw them swim alongside our boat for a few minutes again, which was a lovely extra surprise at the end of the trip. 


13:00

We decided to sail further south in the bay in the hopes that it would be a bit calmer, and it definitely was a smoother ride this afternoon. We heard that another boat had spotted a minke whale and headed closer, managing to see it come to the surface several times before diving deep. We then spotted another minke and again saw it several times, even being able to see its snout coming out of the water as it came to the surface. It is always a bit harder to spot the whales in conditions like today but we were lucky this afternoon and had some good sightings of these minke whales despite the wind. 

-Astrid

15.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - ON

Northern Lights

22:00 - ON

 

 

 

9:00

We only had a gentle breeze this morning but there was a surprisingly large swell coming from the west so it was a bit more bumpy on the way out than expected. We sailed for quite a while without spotting anything except for a small group of harbour porpoises. Not long after we spotted a minke whale, as it surfaced suddenly not far from our boat which was a great surprise. However then it changed direction and even though we did see it come up to the surface a few more times it was very difficult to see. And sadly we did not spot any more minkes on this trip, despite the conditions being so good for whale spotting - sometimes this is just how it goes. We did encounter another fairly large group of porpoises on our way back to Reykjavik but as is often the case, they were quite shy and disappeared pretty quickly. The sun had come out by the end of the tour though so we at least could enjoy the nice weather and views of the city as we sailed back to the harbour. Since our sightings were not as good as we had hoped this morning, we offered our customers a free return ticket to come back and try again another day. 

 

13:00

We sailed back out into the bay this afternoon with very similar weather to this morning, so still great whale spotting conditions. We sailed for around 1 hour before spotting a minke whale surfacing just in front of our boat, and many of our passengers spotted this one. We kept waiting, expecting to see it come to the surface again shortly but this whale was being very elusive and we did not manage to see it again. Not long after this however we spotted a second minke which came to the surface not just the usual 3, but 7 times in a row! So everyone on board got a great view of this whale as it swam past us. We hoped to spot some more minkes on our way back to Reykjavik but sadly we did not come across any more, but at least we had good sightings of those other two minkes earlier in the trip.



​2 of the 7 times this minke whale surfaced in front of our boat!

 

-Astrid

14.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF

Northern Lights

22:00 - ON

 

 

 

09:00

 

Today we had a mild breeze blowing from the northeast that made fine conditions for whale watching. We sailed west out into the feeding area as usual, but unlike on the previous days, northern gannets were very scarce. We knew that we would have to work hard for little reward today. About more than halfway from the feeding grounds, I spotted the back of a large minke whale so we knew where to set course there. When we reached the location where the sighting had been made we spent a while looking for that large minke whale without success, then another one was spotted by a group of boats and we decided to join them. There was a minke whale that surfaced several times in the area and we managed to see it properly a few times.

The minke whale that was seen in the area a few times on some of its surfacings.

 

After the encounter with the minke whale, we kept looking for other individuals around but we had just run out of time and we had to return to harbor.

 

13:00

 

As we often do we sailed straight for the area where we had made good sightings in the morning.We spent some time searching without luck when a minke whale surfaced suddenly, swimming in the opposite direction to us. It was great since all passengers happened to be looking in the right direction most of our guest saw the minke whale very close but briefly. 

The close but short view that everyone enjoyed of the minke whale that was seen in the afternoon.

 

After the short encounter with minke whale, we found a nice small pod of white-beaked dolphins and spent a while with them as usual. 

Two of the dolphins, as they left the area where we spotted them.  

 

 

-JHF

13.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF

Northern Lights

22:00 - ON

09:00

 

Today we had a moderate breeze blowing from the northeast, but it was not too hard to spot cetaceans. We sailed west out into the feeding area and when we were closer to the area we spotted a large group of northern gannets plunge-diving in the usual area.When we arrived at the location where the gannets were plunge-diving we encountered a minke whale that surfaced suddenly, swimming in the opposite direction to us we saw it only very briefly but most passengers saw it well. 

The first minke whale we encountered today on its short surfacing.

 

We continued sailing in the area and we met another minke whale, although this time we did not get a picture of it most of our guests saw it well. Then after following signs of the presence of more minke whales a group of white beaked dolphins appeared in the area out of nowhere. 

 

The moment the pod of dolphins appeared on the scene, here one of the females judging by the thin but tall dorsal fin.

The moment when the pod of dolphins approached our boat and swam alongside it for a while.

 

When the dolphins had left the area we resumed our search for minke whales and actually found one and saw it well but the pictures were taken hastily and were too blurry. In summary, the tour ended well we made some sightings and we enjoyed the visit of that nice pod of white-beaked dolphins. 

 

13:00

 

Today it was very windy for the afternoon and all the whale watching boats had to struggle to get some sightings. There of minke whales and harbour porpoises out there but were only seen by a few besides the crew so all guest will have a chance to try again with the same tickets. 

 

 

-JHF

12.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF

Northern Lights

22:00 - ON

Aurora forecast for tonight:

Clouds:  sky totally clear

Aurora activity: 3/9

9:00

We sailed out into Faxaflói Bay this morning with overcast skies but only a gentle breeze coming from the east, giving us ideal whale spotting conditions. We sailed for around 1 hour before encountering a small pod of white-beaked dolphins. They were in a playful mood and we spotted them jumping a little in the distance before we got closer. They swam underneath our boat two times when we got closer, but they were swimming very fast and it was hard to keep up with them so we decided to keep sailing and see what we could find. After a while we spotted another group of dolphins, but had a very similar sighting, and they swam very close to the boat but only very briefly. We then spotted a minke whale and managed to see it come to the surface 4 times, first of all around 200m from us but then it was only 50m from us the last time it surfaced! We even heard it exhale as it came to the surface right beside us.

 

 


The white-beaked dolphins we spotted this morning

 

13:00

After around 1 hour of sailing this afternoon we found a spot with several minke whales which we spent a while watching. They were being quite elusive, but we must have spotted at least 4 or 5, some of which we only saw from quite far away, but some came to the surface very close to our boat, less than 50m away. Once they had all disappeared on their deeper dives we kept sailing around the bay, hoping to spot some more minkes but with no more luck. We did however get a great surprise of finding a large group of white-beaked dolphins at the end of the tour, and they were swimming nice and calmly through the water so everyone on board got a great view of them. 

 


The one picture I managed to get of the minkes today - they were too fast!


 



​The nice surprise at the end of the tour - a large group of white-beaked dolphins

 

-Astrid

 

22:00

 

11.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF

Northern Lights

22:00 - OFF

This is the forecast that we are expecting for tonight:

Clouds: cloudy intervals

Aurora activity: 2/9

9:00

We still had a strong wind blowing from the north this morning, meaning there were lots of whitecaps out in the bay, and it was quite a bumpy ride on our first tour today. It was nice and sunny but because of the wind it was very difficult conditions for whale spotting, and we only very briefly spotted a single minke whale, which we only saw come to the surface one time before disappearing. So because we did not have any good sightings we offered all of our customers free return tickets to come and try again another day, hopefully with better luck!

 

13:00

The wind had calmed down a little by the time we set off for our afternoon whale watching tour, and there were much fewer whitecaps which made it a lot easier to spot the whales this afternoon. We sailed for just over one hour before reaching an area where there were several northern gannets flying around and diving into the water. This is usually a good indication of there being fish in the water, and often also some whales, so we decided to stick around and see if we would be lucky and spot some whales. And not long after we stopped the boat we spotted a minke whale coming to the surface very close to our boat, and managed to see this individual 3 times before it took a deeper dive. A little later we also spotted a second minke, and saw this individual come to the surface 4 times, swimming in a large circle around our boat. So everyone on board got a great view of these two minkes, and we sailed back into the harbour with memories of these great sightings and enjoying the lovely sunshine. 

 

 

We had great sightings with these two minke whales this afternoon.

 

-Astrid

10.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - OFF

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF

Northern Lights

22:00 - ON

 

 

 

 

09:00

 

Today it was very windy and none of the boats from Reykjaík's whale watching fleet managed to get a single sighting despite the large number of minke whales seen the previous day. We had to cancel all whales activity for the rest of the day. The Icelandic Met Office is forecasting a weaker wind and a change in direction for the next days so we expect the whales and dolphins to return to the bay in numbers. 

 

-JHF

 

09.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF

Northern Lights

22:00 - OFF

09:00

 

On this day we had a mild breeze blowing from the east but it was calm enough to get that flat surface when it is easiest to spot cetaceans. So we sailed out into the feeding area and waited for signs of the presence of cetaceans out there. On arriving at the area it looked OK there were some small groups of northern gannets here and there but we had no idea of what was waiting for us, literally a whale bonanza!! When we arrived at the locations where the gannets were already plunge diving we encountered minke whales in small groups feeding close to the surface.

Some good close up pictures from the several encounters that we enjoyed on this tour.

 

We continued sailing slowly among the groups of whales, large round wakes could be seen where the whales were swimming in circles to frighten the fish so as to keep their shoals tightly packed. At one point there must have been half a dozen minke whales surrounding the boat within a 200 m radius. It was a true whale watching bonanza, people saw them everywhere and I run out of numbers in the clock to indicate their locations.

 

13:00

 

The conditions in the afternoon had changed little it was still rather calm except a little windier in places near the shore. As we got further out into the feeding areas the wind calmed again and we enjoyed flat seas again. As we arrived we were greeted by a group of harbor porpoises first and then again by minke whales in numbers.

One of the moments when the minke whales were busy herding fish next to the boat.

 

As if that wasn't enough, a nice pod of white-beaked dolphins turned up in the area and we just followed them for a while. 

One of the white-beaked dolphins that seemed to be fishing other fish near the bottom.

 

We then continued watching minke whales that as it had happened in the morning surrounded the boat. Overall, the experience was just great all day and everyone on board enjoyed the experience on both tours just great.

 

-JHF  

 

08.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF

Northern Lights

22:00 - ON - Extreme forecasts for tonight!!

 

 

9:00

 

It was another beautiful sunny day today, but despite seeming very calm in the harbour there was a strong breeze coming from the north east once we sailed a bit further out into the bay, meaning there were quite a few whitecaps. This always makes whale spotting more difficult, and it was a while before we had our first sighting. We heard that some of the other boats had seen some minke whales so we decided to see if we could spot them, and briefly saw one of the whale come to the surface although it was still around 200m away from us. We then spotted a second minke in front of our boat and saw it briefly two times before it went for a deeper dive, and we didn't see it again. After sailing around for a bit we spotted a small group of white-beaked dolphins that swam playfully by our boat for a few minutes which was a nice surprise at the end of the tour.

​13:00

 

We had very similar conditions for our second tour today, and sadly only spotted one lone minke whale that we saw very briefly before it disappeared again. We still had a lovely time sailing around Faxaflói Bay in the sunshine though, and offered our customers a free return ticket to come and try again another time, hopefully with better luck.

 

-Astrid

07.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - ON

Northern Lights

22:00 - ON

09:00

As we were announcing the previous days, there was a lot of fish in the bay these days, so we sailed out this sunny morning hoping to see whales. It was a perfect trip, no wind, no waves, and sometimes it was a bit warm when the ship was stopped!!....so....when we reached the best part of the bay to spot the whales, we realized that the birds were very excited catching the fishes, that was a very good signal . And finally there was a small group of minke whales that they were feeding!!!

 

A nice picture that explains all: good weather, minke whale, quite sunny and the sea totally calmed :)

 

They were almost everywhere around the boat, so the passengers could see them wherever they were looking at. It was so peaceful weather that sometimes you could ear some whale blowing.

Finally we got back to Reykjavik, with a smile in our face, with a nice sighting that we will always remember in pictures and in our minds.

 

Eva.

 

13:00

The weather was still absolutely perfect for our afternoon tour so we sailed out again feeling very optimistic about sightings. After around 45 minutes we heard that another boat had spotted a small group of dolphins so we tried to catch up to them to get a better look, but the dolphins were swimming very fast and there were several other boats in the area so we decided to go and have a look at some minke whales that we had also spotted, and then try to see the dolphins later in the tour. We spent quite a while spotting minke after minke, with several of them surfacing really close to our boat, so close that we could hear them exhale. Once these minke whales disappeared on their deep dives we sailed a bit further north to where we had seen the dolphins this morning and managed to spot them again, as well as a couple more minkes. The dolphins were still being a little shy today but we got a good view of them swimming together by our boat, before we turned and headed back to the city with a great tour full of wonderful sightings behind us. 

 

 

 


​Two of the many minke we saw today!

 


​The silhouettes of some of the white-beaked dolphins we saw at the end of the trip.


​-Astrid

 

 

06.09.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & NORTHERN LIGHTS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF

Northern Lights

22:00 - CONFIRMED!!!!

Dear passengers, we must inform you that tonight we are expenting a great activity for the Northern Lights, it will be amazing and you can't loose the chance to see them!!!! (See picture of the activity below)

09:00

We left harbor on excellent conditions on a sunny and mostly cloudless day. Like the day before, we knew that there were northern gannets in numbers in the feeding area taking on sand eels. After we had sailed for about 40 minutes we could see gannets in the distance already plunging into the water. As it happened the good conditions in the bay had to set in and there were huge shoals of sand eels in the feeding area.

 

                           

On the picture, the bottom is the thick red band at 24m, in between the bottom and the surface large red bands 12m tall in places are the echoes from the fish. At the speed of the boat at that time probably the bands are about 150-200m long close to the surface. The picture translates to several hundreds of tonnes of fish were whales were seen feeding at the surface. Courtesy of our captain Bjorn.

 

It didn't take long until the first minke whales began to show up and as it had happened the day before we began to encounter minke whales one after another, and at times very close to the boat. the whales were in numbers out there feeding on patches of sand eels everywhere.

 

We obtained several close-up pictures of the same minke whale, note the pigmentation patterns unique to this individual seen on two different occasions.

The morning tour was superb and there were so many whales that we could each boat choose one to watch.

 

13:00

On this tour, we had the same conditions as in the morning so we headed back in search of minke whales. As we arrived at the feeding area again we saw the gannets in numbers but more concentrated. It didn't take long until we, again began to spot the backs of minke whales. The good conditions had held and the fish was in the area still at large, just great. 

 

 

 

Another two good close-up pictures of two different individual minke whales, the upper one lunge feeding at the surface and the lower one a rather large individual, possibly a female cruising.

 

Finally, we had the privilege of observing porpoises feeding at the surface very close to us something I had not witnessed since June last year!

 

 

A nice pod of probably five to seven harbor porpoises was so busy feeding that they ignored our presence completely. These cetaceans are normally very cautious and disappear as soon as they are seen.


-JHF

 

22:00 - NORTHERN LIGHTS

 

 

After a day with very good forecast for the northern lights, they decreased a little bit, but at least we could see them!! 

We enjoyed a great night, the sea was really calmed and the full moon was shining in the sky. Meanwhile we were going out further in the bay, we could appreciate an amazing night landscape, with the lights of the city far away in the horizon, the ocean (that was like a mirror), and the moonlight completely reflecting on the water. 

The sky was totally clear, and twenty minutes after whe stopped our engine, we saw the northern lights!! They were slowly, so, most of the passengers could take great pictures with their cameras or phones (except me :) ) They were green and appeared on a wide range.

Anyway, we offered to the passengers to come again with us for free, to enjoy them other day that could be stronger.

We were really happy to see this phenomenon, and for tomorrow it looks that it will be better!!!!

 

The only picture that I could get thanks to one of our passengers :)

Eva