CAPTAIN'S LOG

26.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

Finally, after two days of stormy and rough sea conditions we are sailing out to try our luck. We are feeling hopeful finding some whales or dolphins out in the bay. Do note since there has been windy for the last days there will be some movement on the boat.
We do provide sea sickness tablets free of charge and if you get cold we also provide overalls free of charge, but we recommend having hats and gloves.

​To schedule please contact us at info@ReykjavikSailors.is

12:45 - ON

We are gouing out to find us some whales.
 Do note since there has been windy for the last days there will be some movement on the boat.
We do provide sea sickness tablets free of charge and if you get cold we also provide overalls free of charge, but we recommend having hats and gloves.

​To schedule please contact us at info@ReykjavikSailors.is

Northern Lights:

22:00 - On

 

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8:45

Today we had a low cloud over the bay in the morning that lifted later in the day, it made searching for whales and dolphins a bit hard as it reduced visibility to less than 1 mile. We had a little of residual waves from the westerlies that had been blowing over the last two days and made the sailing a little rough. On our way back we heard news over the radio of a small group of dolphins. We went closer to try to get a sighting, but we got there late.   

12:45

The later tour, a West wind began to blow, which added to the incoming tidal currents resulted in high waves. That made affected our chances of spotting any animals that may have been out in the bay today. The weather is calming, so next week conditions should improve. We hope that Minke whales, white-beak dolphins and humpback whales will be showing up again. We noticed large amounts of fish so there is plenty to attract cetaceans in the next days.

 

-JHF

25.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

Due to storm conditions we are forced to cancel tour

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

12:45 - OFF

Due to storm conditions we are forced to cancel tour

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

Northern Lights:

22:00 - OFF

The weather doesn't give us a break so we unfortunaly have to cancel our trip tonight.

24.03.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

Due to storm conditions we are forced to cancel tour

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

12:45 - OFF

It is to rough to sailout to day.

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

Northern Lights:

22:00 - OFF

There are too many clouds in the sky, so we will not be able to go for the northern lights tour this evening.

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23.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

12:45 - OFF

Storm conditions, so it will not be safe on the ocean

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

Northern Lights:

22:00 - OFF

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22.03.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

We might feel some movements on the boat, we provide complimentary sea sick pils to get one please ask in our office or crew on the boat.

Northern Lights:

22:00 - OFF

Clouds cover in full expected tonight :(

 

 

8:45 / 12:45

Instead of talking about our whale watching tour today I have been challenged to write it as a poem.

So...

 

Today, today, a dolphin day. 

Dolphins did show up today

We went out, went underway

Trying to see dolphins play

 

The weather was rough

The weather was tough

But we're of course 

of sterner stuff

 

We saw some birds, who had a wish.

Their dearest one was for some fish

 

Under them there was a win

Where we saw our first dolphin

 

We turned around, we saw some more.

Quite a few, at least some four.

 

And when we turned

Went back to town

To my delight

The wind died down

 

Our second ride went also fine

We found dolphins who loved to shine

I oft make claims

That they are mine

 

Some did go and some did stay

The dolphins that were on display

 

We were happy, the sky was a dome.

And with that we headed home

 

And now diverting from the norm

tomorrow day shall bring a storm

 

-JIB

21.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

Bit cold otherwise nice day.

 

12:45 - ON

Nice weather today so we will try to find some whales.

Northern Lights:

22:00 - OFF

To cloudy for the northern lights

 

Heading out on this overcast morning the wind blew quite harshly at our backs.

Which is not a bad start for a whale watching trip.

Much better then getting it in our faces (because then it's coming from the west, along with the swell that follows).

And just a mile out from the outer harbor limits, what do we stumble upon ?

The legendary totem poles of Ingólfur Arnarson floating around ?

No, much better, the ridiculous amount of white-beaked dolphins that was swimming around yesterday afternoon !

 

Got some good looks at them for quite some time.

Some swam quite near us, and there was much more out in the distance. 20-50+ overall, for a rough guess.

And after getting our fill of dolphins we departed with the intention of trying our luck further out.

And try it we did !

....

Didn't find anything, but we tried :)

 

On our second tour of the day we headed far out west.

The weather had calmed down quite a bit, so conditions were very good.

And we headed far, far out.

And we saw a single harbor porpoise on the way out, and we saw it again on the way in....

A bit underwhaleming ;)

 

But we headed back towards land, and when we were not too far from harbor we get a report of something interesting.

A humpback

But it was way too far away and we were out of time.....

Except, well, our captain likes renewable energy sources, and to make room for them in the world he LOVES to burn up some good-old fashioned diesel fuel. (Don't examine that logic to closely)

So towards the humpback we head (full gratitude to captain Lárus for sticking by it for us) and we check it out.

 

It is a fine specimen of a humpback indeed.

We get some good looks at it, it shows it's tail a couple of time and we get a very fine side view, even seeing it under the water for a bit.

So all in all a fine day :)

 

-JIB 

 

20.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

We are sailing out. There is some wind so there might be a little movement on the boat.
We provide warm overalls and a sea sickness tablets free of charge. 

12:45 - ON

We are sailing out. There is some wind so there might be a little movement on the boat.
We provide warm overalls and a sea sickness tablets free of charge. 

Northern Lights:

22:00 - ON

Cloud cover is medium so we are going to try to catch the northern lights.

 

 

A fantastic whale watching day today.

 

The wind was blowing from the east, a bit strong at first, died down, and then got much stronger on the way in, but I am not a weather man, so about whales.....

 

Not much to say about our morning tour, we sailed west, a porpoise was seen, once (just like porpoises like to be seen) and the view was very nice.

But unfortunately no good sightings, so everyone gets to try again, anytime in the next two years.

 

But on our second tour we sailed a bit further north and found a jackpot.

A jackpot consisting of a LOT of white-beaked dolphins

25-50+ individual animals, adults and calves.

We got some really nice looks at a whole lot of them, and I haven't seen so many dolphins since sometime early last summer.

A real treat.

 

A lot of fish was seen on our instruments and birds were everywhere.

Which is a great portent of what's to come.

But as always, we will see what will be.

 

-JIB

19.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

We might feel some movements on the boat but we provide seasick pils just ask at the office or crew on the boat

12:45 - ON

We might feel some movements on the boat but we provide seasick pils just ask at the office or crew on the boat

Northern Lights:

22:00 - ON

Just few clouds but visibility will be good for Northern Lights hunt :)

 

 

8:45/12:45

Today we had a strong breeze from the NE that became a moderate breeze later. In the morning, as we sailed along the northern coasts towards the city of Akranes we spotted large numbers of kitty wake seagulls and common seagulls in the distance. They were having a feast at the expense of the activities of white beaked dolphins. There were probably hundreds spread over a large area and the birds numbered in the thousands.

 

 

 

This encounter was repeated in the second tour of the day when we found even larger numbers of dolphins and birds. It is quite possible that these dolphins had been making calls to other members of the local populations to enjoy the feast on large numbers of schooling fish in the area today. 

 

On both tours, we decided to venture further out into the bay in an attempt to find minke whales or humpback whales. In the morning, our attempt was hampered by the strong breeze that generated high waves. However, in the afternoon tour passengers spotted a large whale, that according to their description must have been a humpback whale, but only a handful of passengers saw it blow three times to then disappear. All in all, today was very successful, despite some rough seas at times.

 

 

18.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

12:45 - OFF

Too rough conditions to sail.

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

Northern Lights:

22:00 - OFF

Another night with clouds :(

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17.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Beautiful sunny day, perfect for whale watching

Northern Lights:

22:00 - OFF

Full clouds cover expected tonight :(
To reschedule or get a refund please contact us at info@ReykjavikSailors.is
 

12:45 / 13:00

We went out on a mild breeze from the SE, a little cold but bearable. After sailing for 1/2 hours or so we spotted quite a bit of birds above the horizon. We followed the cue and soon we saw white-beaked dolphins splashing ans breaching out of the water. As we got closer we noticed that there many of them spread over a large area. 

Then, we decided to sail a little further out into the bay in search for a minke whales, since we had spotted one earlier in the morning tour. ​ Not long time after there it was a  nice minke whale surfaced not far from the boat. 

 

Later we saw a second one and that was good good see, the spring is coming... Great so we hope conditions will keep improving and large whales will begin to show up in numbers. 

 

16.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - On

 

12:45 - ON

 

Northern Lights:

22:00 - ON

 

15.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

Due to weather condition we are not going out this morning.

12:45 - ON

There will be some movement on the boat. 
We provide complimentary sea sickness tablets at the office and on the boat.

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

It is to cloudy for us to see the Northern Lights.

 

 

8:45/9:00

We sailed out from Reykjavik, it was cloudy but otherwise a nice day.

 As soon as we got out in the bay, passengers started to feel the movement on the boat. We sailed around for almost two hours, that is till we decided to give up and turn back.

Short after that weencountered a group of White-beaked dolphins, and a lot of them, they were all around us. We stopped there for a short while and decided to extend our trip for another half an hour. It was fun to see the White-beaked dolphins up-close and I think we all agreed that this trip was a success.

-Jorge

14.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

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

12:45 - OFF

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

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

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

 

 

13.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

12:45 - ON

We might feel some movements on the boat but we provide complimentary seasickness pills. If you think you might need one, please ask at the office or the crew on the boat.

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 -   OFF 

Full clouds cover expected tonight :(

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

12:45 / 13:00

I hardly know where to begin.

 

As we headed out on our whale watching trip this morning it was a bit choppy.

Quite a bit of wind from the east, and swell coming in from the west.

Really cloudy (not a lot of northern light trips in the near future) and rather warm, well, at least well above freezing.

 

Not too far into our journey a trio of calm white-beaked dolphins was located.

They showed themselves pretty well, when they got close enough.

We stayed with them for a little while, but one shouldn't tarry for too long on such a small group of dolphins. 

Boats are big and dolphins are small, even the most stalwart of dolphins will feel pressured.

 

So we headed a bit further out.

 

And soon another whale watching boat calls out, they thought they had a minke whale near them.

We are right by them, so we help them out. (All notions of "competition" are left at the dock by everyone, that's landwalker stuff)

And something surfaces between us, a little bit in front.

But it ain't a minke whale....

There ain't really a dorsal fin...

And it's going real slow...

And it's huge....

Because it's a HUMPBACK !!

The second day in a row !!

 

It swam around a bit, being kind of hard to get a good look at.

We lost it for a little while. Three boats with a couple of hundred folks gazing at the sea, and the thirty ton mammal disapears.

But it appeared again, quite bit east of us now.

This time around it didn't seem to mind us at all.

It didn't even relly bother diving, we flanked it for a while, following it as it swam lazily beneath the surface.

It was very clearly visible through the water, really cool.

A great sight for the day, we headed back home after a while, an uneventful trip back towards harbour lay ahead of us.

We weren't going to find anything bigger or more interesting than a humpback out here.

I thought.....

 

So on the way in we get a call over the radio.

It was intriguing. So I grabbed the radio (which I usually don't touch that thing by the way, try my best too avoid talking to captains actually) and asked if they had just mispronounced dolphins or were just trying to pull my leg.

They hadn't and they weren't.

They said what I thought they had said.

 

ORCAS.

 

Four orcas (killer whales) were found.

Two large males, two small females (at least, could have been more) swam about playing/eating like orcas do.

The large, swordlike dorsal fin of the males rising out of the water well before we saw the back.

Saw at least one male off in the distance as well. To the north of us.

I do hope they stay a bit. There seemed to be quite some fish around where they were located.

 

So, today went from acceptable, to great, to.. I don't know, astounding.

Without a doubt the best whale watching trip of 2017 so far. Funnily enough, so was yesterday until today.

If it keeps escalating at this rate we will have blue whales (very rare) in the harbour by May and gray whales (extinct in the North Atlantic) by next fall.

Wouldn't that be something :D

 

But we will see what will be.

 

-JIB

 

 

12.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - On

We might feel some movement on the boat but we provide complimentary seasickness pills. If you think you might need one please ask at the offie or the crew on the boat.

12:45 - ON

We might feel some movement on the boat but we provide complimentary seasickness pills. If you think you might need one please ask at the offie or the crew on the boat.

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 -   OFF

It is to cloudy tonight for us to go out.

8:45/9:00

HUMPBACK !!

The humpbacks are back baby !

Just a quick update in between tours. 

The weather is rather nice, there were a bunch of white-beaked dolphins all over the place this morning. Jumping around, a few calves with them. 

And we found a really good humpback out here.

The first good humpback of the season. And we found him :D

 

Everybody else came to look of course, who wouldn't.

Just seeing a humpback counts as a successful tour, but this one was outstandingly good. 

Waving it's fins.

Raising it's tail and showing it's flukes.

Sticking it's head out.

Splashing it's tail around, it kind of looked like it was trying to swat all the dolphins swimming around it..

Ah, yes, there were a bunch of dolphins swimming around the humpback as well. 

And that is not too common of a sight.

So this was great.

Really looking forward to the afternoon tour, hope to see you all.

 

-JIB

 

11.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - On

We might feel some movement on the boat but we provide complimentary seasickness pills. If you think you might need one please ask at the offie or the crew on the boat.

12:45 - ON

We might feel some movement on the boat but we provide complimentary seasickness pills. If you think you might need one please ask at the offie or the crew on the boat.

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 -   ON

Great forecast for tonight!

 

And out we went, on today's whale watching tours.

 

Our first one was quite nice, maybe a bit on the windy side. Kind of cloudy.

With wind and waves coming in from the southwest it did get a bit choppy.

With last nights storm coming from the east I did think it wouldn't be to choppy out there, but even I can be wrong it seems. 

It wasn't too bad though. Nothing we couldn't handle.

We were seeing quite a bit of bird life out there but not a lot of whales.

But a few white-beaked dolphins were located on the way in.

We didn't have a lot of time to spend with them, but they did show themselves quite well.

 

On the second trip there were quite similar conditions. With one big difference.

There was sunshine. Much better too look for whales in the sun.

And we managed to find a few more white-beaked dolphins about an hour into the trip.

And we got great looks at them.

Hopefully someone of our fantastic group of passengers finds the time to send something our way.

 

The weather looks like it could go either way in the next few days.

So check the weather forecast before booking with us,

We want calm winds and we don't want them coming from the west ;)

 

 

The time draws near when the great behemoths of the oceans grace us with their presence again. Hungry after the winters fast.

We will see what will be.

 

-JIB

10.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - On

We might feel some movement on the boat but we provide complimentary seasickness pills. If you think you might need one please ask at the offie or the crew on the boat.

12:45 - OFF

It is getting more windy so we are not going out this time.

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 -  OFF

It is cloudy tonight so no tour.

9.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURs

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

12:45 - ON

We might feel some movement on the boat but we provide complimentary seasick pills, just ask at our office or crew on the boat

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

8.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Too many clouds expected tonight :(

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

7.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

 

12:45 - ON

 

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 - 

To reschedule or get a refund please contast us at info@ReykjavikSailors.is