DAILY DIARY

20.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

Due to strong wind we are forced to cancel this tour.

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

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Wind will be really strong on the ocean tonight, that is why we cannot sail :(

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

19.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Good weather, bit cold but we are heading out today. 

To schedule please contact info@reykjaviksailors.is

Guides report:

When we went out today it was cold and snowing.We hoped it would clear up so we sailed towards the bay. After one hour of sailing we had only spoted more snow.
There was a brief clearing out on the regular sighting grounds were we spotted large groups of Shag (a relative of Cormorans and frigate birds). There were also a number of shoals of fish both mid-water and near the bottom, but if there were any cetaceams there we didn't find them.
We hope for better conditions next time.

Thanks, Jorge.

Northern Lights

21:00 - OFF

When it is snowing the clouds usually follow and tonight they are going to stay with us.

 

18.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

Unfavorable weather conditions so the sea is going to be to rough to go sailing today.

For a refund or to reschedule please contact info@reykjaviksailors.is

Northern Lights

21:00 - ON

Partly clouded but good aurora activity

Guides report:

We had to be patient this evening and wait for a while.
Ultimately the clouds cleared up and allowed us to enjoy the light before we would head beck to shore.

Thanks, Jorge

17.01.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Might be a little bit rough on the ocean today and we provide complimentary sea sick pills, just ask at our office or on the boat.

 

Northern Lights

21:00 - OFF

Sky will be full of clouds :(

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

 

12:45

 

3 days of western storms.

That's a bit much isn't it ?

 

Well, we headed out again today.

Calm winds, but a freaking boatload of leftover swell.

But hardly anyone got sick.

And then we found some white-beaked dolphins as well.

Just strolling lazily about.

Probably feeding.

Some were big, some were small.

I'm just glad that they were there at all.

 

I'm now thinking of working this entry into a poem or something of that nature.

Not today, maybe later. ;)

 

At one point I counted at least nine of the dolphins swimming about in front of us.

Got some good close up looks as well.

The bay seems to be getting livelier as well. Saw a good number of birds today, so fingers crossed for some full-size creatures coming into the bay.

Things are looking up. 

The future looks bright. Let's see what it has in store for us. 

 

-JIB

16.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

Due to strong gale on the ocean we are forced to cancel Whale Watching tour today

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

 

Northern Lights

21:00 - OFF

Due to strong gale on the ocean we are forced to cancel also Northern Lights tour tonight

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

15.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

Due to really unfavorable weather conditions, we are going to wait for this weather to pass before we head out again.

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

 

 

Northern Lights

21:00 - OFF

We are forced to cancel the Northern Lights tour again due to cloud cover.

14.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

Due to incoming bad weather.
We want to go out in better weather conditions with less movement on the sea.

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

 

 

Northern Lights

21:00 - OFF

The clouds are in our way.

 

13.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

It's pretty cold outside but nice weather. We provide warm overalls for you on the boat but recommend wearing gloves.

 

Guide's Report

Alright. There was a lot of swell as we headed out into the bay this afternoon.

And I don't really know where it came from.

I mean, the west, yeah sure, but I don't know when it built up.

Presumably during the night, but I thought it was supposed to be calm through the night.

Just goes to show that the Gods of Wind and Weather are treacherous and unpredictable.

Not unlike the white-beaked dolphins we saw today.

Unpredictable, that is, they aren't really treacherous....

 

But we did see quite a lot of them out there. And not far out either.

Maybe 6-7 nautical miles out, and they were spread all over the area.

12-20+ individuals maybe. A lot of calfs as well.

They showed themselves well and lingered for a while. Then they disappeared.

Then we found them again. And then they disappeard again.

This time for good.

 

It was really pretty out there today.

Snæfellsnes, one of my favorite places in Iceland, looked REALLY nice.

Off in the distance, all shiny and white.

Very nice.

 

The weather is looking kind of windy in the coming days.

So dress accordingly and eat your seasickness pills.

Things could get rough out there, keep that in mind folks.

 

-JIB

 

Northern Lights

21:00 -OFF

The skies are filled with clouds, so we are forced to cancel the Northern Lights tour for tonight.

For a refund og reschedule please contact info@reykjaviksailors.is

12.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

It is going to be sunny but cold.

We provide complimentary warm overalls and also you can warm up in out heated indoor saloon!!

 

Northern Lights

21:00 - OFF

Clouds cover will not allow us to see any spectacular show tonight:(

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

 

 

11.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Sunny day with a calm wind - great weather for sailing :)

Northern Lights

21:00 - ON

Very good forecast for tonight's hunting :)

 

 

 

12:45 

Today we left harbor with a gentle northerly breeze quite chili -5°C. We encountered a small group of dolphins (we think) but only our captain managed to get a glimpse of them before they vanished. Then we continued looking deeper into the bay an back to the northern shoreline with little luck. The white-beaked dolphins were not seen again, today's colder conditions near the shore and large waves from the outer bay may have affected the dolphin's decision to come near the coast for feeding. Right, we checked the forecast for the coming days and there sholud be a change in wind direction so may be conditions improve and some minke wales and humpback whales decide to join the feeding feast. Meanwhile, we can at least enjoy the beautiful scenic views that can we seen from the way these days.

 

Today's guide Jorge.

 

21:00

Northern Lights we saw .......... seen from space:)

 

10.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

The weaether is nice, little bit cold but we have warm overalls for you.
We might feel some movements on the boat out in the Faxafloa bay.
We provide complimentary sea sick pills, just ask at our office or on the boat.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Lets sail out and hope we find them!

 

 

 

 

12:45

 

Today we left Reykjavik harbor on a chili but pleasant afternoon there was a mild northerly breeze and sea conditions were very good. ​After some weeks of rather strong winds and turbulent conditions in the Faxa bay finally waters have somewhat calmed. Yesterday we were encountering large numbers of fish near the coastal areas and we speculated on the possible attractive effect of these conditions on the local population of white-beaked dolphins.

Today all the whale watching boats stumbled upon a pod of them barely out of harbor it seemed that these were adult males given that there were just a few and rather large individuals. We stayed with that pod for a while until they became more difficult to follow  as they were busy foraging. Then we headed west toward an area called Grjóta just out side of the lighthouse and encountered a larger pod with individual of varying sizes and swimming in groups. 

 

In all these observations may have been the result of different foraging habits by different members of the pods. In the first area fish under the boat was seen closer to the bottom and may have consisted on juvenile cod, or other demersal (near bottom) fish aggregations. 

At the second location there was a mixture of fish with some in between waters typically smaller fish. 

 

Today was very interesting to see these pods but since they were actively foraging it was difficult to take good close up pictures. However, this week sea conditions are expected  to remain as today and hopefully white-beaked dolphins will be joined by some of the winter resident minke whales and perhaps humpback whales that roam the south west coasts of Iceland during the winter months. 

 

Thanks, Jorge. 

 

09.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

We might feel some movements on the boat!!
We provide complimentary sea sick pills, just ask at our office or on the boat.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Great forecast for tonight's "hunting" - we are waiting for you!!!

 

 

08.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Notice that sea might be rough today!!
(this afternoon tour is not recommended for children)
We provide complimentary sea sick pills, just ask at our office or on the boat.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Full cloud cover tonight ..... no way to see anything tonight :(

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

 

Happy New Year !!

 

What a nice day we had today :D

 

Now, as some of you might now already, the weather has been ... uh....

Let's go with "really bad", because I can't really curse and cuss in these diary entries.

But really.... it's been [censored] !!

 

Anyway, today it was alright.

On the way out we were going against leftover swell from the night (and day) before.

That wasn't to nice actually, but on the way back we were going against the waves, with swell at our back.

And that was alright.

It was really good actually, all things considered.

Everybody that got sick on the way out, felt much better right when we turned around.

The western swell is just absolutely the worst.

 

Oh, and there were some whales as well !

White-beaked Dolphins actually, but they are whales too, toothed whales.

And we saw six of them, at least, swimming in a tight pod with a couple of calfs.

Saw a couple of big ones as well that didn't really seem to belong to the pod.

Probably single males, swimming about.

 

We also saw a bunch of birds, mostly shags and fulmars, and some seagulls as well.

So it looks like some life is coming into the bay.

 

I know I haven't updated this journal in a long time, there just hasn't been a lot to say, seeing some dolphins or a porpoise ( as in, a lone, single, porpoise) and giving everybody their two year return, that really isn't worth writing home about.

But things are looking up.

I'll write more, we'll see more. Things will improve

I'll start using smiley faces :)

 

If anyone reads these entries for more than just the status of the bay, before they think about booking a ride, I would love to hear about it.

 

Anyway, hope to see you soon.

And together we shall see what the future holds for us in 2017.

 

-JIB

 

7.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

Wind speed on the ocean will increase in the afternoon ... so it will be to choppy to sail!!!:(

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

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Windy...... so we might feel some movements but Northern Lights forecast looks promising

 

 

06.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

We are going out today.
The sea might be rough after the storm and some movement on the boat. 
If you are sensetive to motionsickness we have tablets for that, free of charge at the office and on the boat.

If any questions, please contact us at info@ReykjavikSailors.is 

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Fully Clouded to night so we are forced to cancel the trip tonight.

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

 

05.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

The weather isn´t in our favor so we have to cancel our tour today. 

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

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF
 

When there is a storm there are usually clouds, so no northern lights tonight.

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

 

4.1.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Calm wind but we might feel some movements on the boat.
We provide complimentary seasick pills just ask in our office or on the boat

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Bad cloud cover for northern Lights.

3.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Calm wind but we might feel some movements on the boat.
We provide complimentary seasick pills just ask in our office or on the boat

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Cloud cover acceptable and Northern Lights active.

02.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

Once again too windy to sail!!

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

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

It will be too windy and too cloudy to hunt for the Northern Lights tonight

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

 

01.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Clouds cover in full!!!