DAILY DIARY

11.09.16 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

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Whale Watching

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

Northern Lights

22:00 - OFF

10.09.16 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
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Whale Watching

9:00 - ON

13:00- ON

17:00 - ON

Northern Lights

22:00 - OFF 

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09.09.16 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

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13:00 - ON

17:00 - OFF

08.09.16 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

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It is fun to go out to sea.

Even when the weather is working against you and there is not a whale in sight.

 

Northern winds.

The bay was barren as the day started out.

We searched through the north of it.

And we searched through the center.

And a bit to the south.

There was not a whale in sight.

 

But on our last tour, we aimed to try something different.

As I mentioned a few days ago, we had heard of humpbacks far to the south.

So the captain devises a plan. A simple plan, the best kind of plan.

"We set sail to south, we push the engines as hard as they can handle, and we won't stop until we find a whale. We can sail for two hours until we have to turn back. 

We are going to find a whale."

 

And we set sail, full power to the south.

And after about thiry minutes we find about three minkes, pretty much right away.

 

Minkes are still a fun bit of challenge at the best of times.

And those minkes were not going to show themselves just like that though.

But we chased them around for a bit, got some good looks.

The wind started dying down.

We saw some porpoise calves. A bit more minke.

 

It's incredible how quickly a day can go from good to bad, but it's astounding how easily a day can go from bad to good.

 

Yet another fun trip with Reykjavík Sailors.

Because it's always fun to go out to sea. 

 

-JIB

 

07.09.16 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

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9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

 

A little bit of wind blowing at us from the southeast.

Some rain, some shine.

Lots of weather today.

Heavy clouds for the most part, we did get some nice sun and rainbows at the end of the day though.

 

Decently sized groups of dolphins, about 10-15 with some calves among them, gave us fine shows, the little ones jumping and splashing about.

And for animals like that, playing is learning. So a lot of things were learned apparently because they just kept going and going.

 

The minkes were up their old tricks, appearing for a second, just long enough for our spotters to see them and for us to stop the boat.

And then not appearing again.

For the most part.

We did manage to see a couple of them, well, on our last tour.

You little naughty, trickster, minkies you. Thought you could play hard to get all day.

But we found you.

 

Some winds and a bit of rain is predicted for the coming days, as usual for this time of year.

Still warm though. Winter ain't here yet.

 

-JIB

06.09.16 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS -09:00 - 13:00 - ON

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When I said the weather looked decent, I may have been being a bit too optimistic.

 

Some winds greeted us in the morning and kept up through out the day.

The minkes were way too shy to get a good look at to begin with.

But we outsmarted them in the end and got some decent looks at them.

 

Winds coming in from the southeast tomorrow, hopefully not to bad.

We shall see.

 

-JIB

 

“Is it not curious, that so vast a being as the whale should see the world through so small an eye, and hear the thunder through an ear which is smaller than a hare's?" 

-Herman Melville 

 

 

 

 

 

This was taken on the 25th of August by Live Marx.

There we can see a couple of white-beaked dolphins swimming by.

And a few more. A really good look at them.

And another of our regulars, a minke whale. Notice the little notch near the base of the dorsal fin.

And then there was this guy....

He's not a regular. He's a baskin shark.

 

Great thanks to Live Marx.

05.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING YOURS -09:00 - 13:00

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Today was a day of highs and lows.

 

It started out with low winds, and a low volume of whale sightings.

We did see a couple of minkes, they were really skittish and a bit ways off.

And further out we saw about four dolphins, they were nice but terribly hard to get a good look at.

 

As the day went on the wind started picking up a bit.

Not too bad though, a bit rough, a few white tops.

 

But on our midday tour we were in for a treat.

We see a minke whale, which isn't that much of an achievement in itself, but then we see another one right next to it.

Two minkes. Very nice.

 

And one of them comes real close.

Checked us out, and another whale watching boat just beside us.

Some great pictures were taken.

All in all a fine day.

 

The weather looks decent in the coming days and hopefully, the rumors and reports of humpbacks to the south of us will finally yield some sightings of them 

in the near future.

 

-JIB

04.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

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13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

03.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

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9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

 

Today we saw two pods of white beaked dolphins in the morning one of 4-6 individuals and later a family pod with juveniles. In the morning tour there were plenty of fish and plunging birds and we encountered a group of 2-3 minke whales.

- JHF

02.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

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9:00 - ON

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17:00 - ON

01.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

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9:00 - ON

31.08.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

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09:00 - ON

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17:30 -ON

30.08.2016- WHALE WATCHING TOUR

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9:00 - ON

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17:00 - ON

29.08.2016- WHALE WATCHING TOUR

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9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

 

 

9:00

Calm winds....

No. There is no way to call this sort of weather any kind of wind.

A lazy breeze. It's almost perfectly still.

Really good conditions. Flat seas stretching towards the horizon, Reykjanes and Snæfellsnes bordering the bay to the south and the north.

We can count the mountains on them.

It's not far that we have gone before we see a minke

A large calm minke whale, just swimming about, doing it's thing, taking it easy.

A bit of surface feeding, not staying under for too long.

It even comes close to us, checking us out.

Checks out all the three whale watching boats that come near it.

Probably the most curious minke I have seen this month.

A real good start to the day.

Let's see what the near future brings us.

 

-JIB     

 

13:00 

 

Still just as calm as we head out on our midday tour.

And it has been a long time since I have seen so many whales out here.

First of we see a few harbor porpoises going by.

We catch a couple of good looks at them, which is at least one more good look than you can hope for from a porpoise.

Then further out we find at least four minke whales in a quite small area.

Diving for quite long, but still staying in same spot for the most part.

Might be as many as six or even seven minkes there all in all.

We watch them for a while, see a few more porpoises too.

A lot of the minkes are feeding from just below the surface, which is good, because we haven't been seeing to much fish on our echo sounder in the past few days.

More fish coming into the bay, hopefully.

We hear reports of humpbacks as well, more like rumors actually.

Way too far south to be of any use for us, about twice our possible range away, if they are there at all.

But maybe, just maybe, the humpbacks are coming back.

What a grand thing that would be.

After looking at the minkes for a while, and a fine showing they give, we head a bit north, where we encounter a pod of about twenty white beaked dolphins.

An active bunch they are as well, keep going in circles, we have to squeeze every ounce of agility out of Gullfoss to keep up.

And it's enough.

We get a really good look at the dolphins, very lively, a whole lot of calves among that group.

So, my theory is, if dolphin children are similar to human children (they are a bit, both tiny and adorable)

they are probably just running after them, trying to get them to behave.

After a few minutes of this we head back and see yet another group of porpoises.

Which makes for three, well seen, porpoise groups.

Which is about three more than usual, have I ever mentioned how terribly shy porpoises can be.

A rich full day, not a single frown was seen.

 

We are now nearing the end of summer. 

Tomorrow cold winds will blow down from the north east. 

This has been the calmest, warmest summer in recent memory, and even further back. 

Soon the days draw shorter and the nights longer, the auroras are beginning to do their majestic dance in the evenings. 

The weather is changing and we shall see what the winter brings us.

 

Interesting days ahead for all of us.

 

-JIB

 

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -”― Heraclitus

28.08.2016- WHALE WATCHING TOURS

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W021°59’3077”

09:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

 

 

A quiet day with a few dolphins. Decent weather, a lot of birds.

A couple of minkes in the afternoon. Good conditions still

Ending the day with rough conditions and not a lot of life in the bay.

The forecast for tomorrow is good though, so things are looking bright.

 

-JIB

 

27.08.16-WHALE WATCHING TOURS ON

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W021°59’3077”

09:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - OFF

26.08.16 - WHALE WATCHING ON

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

09:00 - 13.00 - 17:00 

We got some photos from our passenger.

Thank you Kate, for sharing your photos with us.

25.08.2016 WHALE WATCHING TOURS

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9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

24.08.2016 WHALE WATCHING TOURS

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9:00 - ON

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17:00 - ON

23.08.2016 WHALE WATCHING TOURS ON

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09:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON