DAILY DIARY

25.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - ON
 

Puffin:

15:00 - ON

17:00 - OFF

19:00 - OFF

 

8:45

We had an absolutely amazing morning tour today - blue sky, sunshine and breaching whales! We first of all spotted a small group of white-beaked dolphins but we only saw them briefly before they disappeared. So we kept sailing towards a large flock of birds where we spotted a minke whale, and it surfaced several times close to the boat. We then spotted the blow of a humpback whale in the distance so we headed towards it and saw it lunge-feeding amongst another huge group of birds. It then stopped lunge feeding and dived a few times, showing us its tail flukes. Then suddenly out of nowhere it breached! Not just once, but FIVE times! It was amazing to see. It then also swam right up to the boat, so close we could have almost touched it. Sadly we then ran out of time and had to say goodbye to this amazing individual, but it was a truly perfect humpback sighting. On our way back to Reykjavik we spotted some more large splashes and sailed closer to see what was going on. And it turned out to be a minke whale breaching too! Unfortunately it was swimming very fast and our boat could not keep up, so we did not get a very close view, but it was still amazing to see. It is definitely not every day we see both species of whales breaching like this! Just a perfect morning tour.

The humpback whale lunge feeding 


One of the five times we saw this humpback breaching!


The minke whale we saw jumping in the distance!​

12:45

The weather was just as good as on our morning tour so we sailed out into the bay enjoying the lovely sunshine. The tide had gone out since the morning tour which often means we have to travel a little further out into the bay before we spot the whales. After just over 1 hour of sailing we spotted a small group of white-beaked dolphins, possibly the same group that we saw this morning. However, again they did not stick around for long so we decided to sail further out in the hopes of spotting something a bit bigger. We also briefly saw a small group of harbour porpoises. A little while later we spotted the blow of a humpback whale in the distance, and once we caught up with it we noticed that there was not just a humpback, but a group of white-beaked dolphins too! They seemed to be almost playing with the whale, or maybe just annoying it, but it was very cool to see the two species interacting. Unfortunately the whale did not seem to be in the mood for coming close to the boats, and started to swim quickly to the south, so we decided to give it some space and head back towards Reykjavik, hoping to spot something else on the way. We saw a few flocks of birds but unfortunately no more whales. But we still saw 3 out of 4 of the main species: harbour porpoises, white-beaked dolphins and the humpback whale.


​The humpback we spotted this afternoon was waving at us!


One of the white-beaked dolphins that was playing with the humpback​

Astrid

 

17:00 Creatures of the Sea

The weather was perfect to spend a day on board, completely sunny and sometimes a bit warm, so in this trip the people was most likely in our upper deck than inside the boat. When we were close from the area where we use to see the whales, we tried fishing during a quarter of hour and in that time we fished 5 fishes!!! 

Then we went a bit further and we saw several blows of a humpback whale that passed 100 meters in front of our boat; then, we decided to try angling there and it was incredible, we couldn't stop fishing different kind of fishes, even when I sayed that we had to pick up to start our way back to Reykjavík, some fishes were fished!! 

Finally, we made a barbecue with so tasty fresh fish that all the people liked it a lot and some sayed that it was the best that they did during their holidays in Iceland :) One more time, I must say that I enjoy watching the people so happy with this trip.

 

Eva.

24.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON   

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - ON
 

Puffin:

15:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

19:00 - ON

 
 

8:45

 

We started our first tour with a bit windy and cloudy today, but little by little, the sun appeared and made the temperature a bit warmer :) So, in our way to the feeding grounds we saw a couple of withe-beaked dolphins that were around our boat in several times enjoying the weather. A bit later, we sailed a bit further and we realized that there were some flocks of seagulls flying over different spots; and our surprise was that we finally spotted a humpback whale around us, which surfaced constantly to blow and to show us its dorsal fin. 

White-beaked dolphins swimming together



​The humpback whale going to dive after take a breath.

 

 

12:45

 

After our sights during the morning, we decided to go back to the same point and check if there still was the humpback....but it was even more amazing, because we could see a group of minke whales that it was a crazy thing to spot them, meanwhile one was going to the surface, another one was doing it also just at the other side of the boat!!! But our adventure don't finish here, then appeared also a couple humpback whales!! They were blowing so loud that we could hear it perfectly and all the passengers of this trip really enjoyed it because it was great to see a group of whales, swimming in the sea and watching them in freedom.

​​Dorsal fin of a humpback whale

 

Another one on the surface.

 

 

17:00 Creatures of the Sea

 

What can we say about this trip? In one word: perfect!! During the way to reach the feeding grounds of the whales, we saw first dolphins and finally the humpback whale again! It was really nice to see humpbacks in our three trips of today :)

Then we started fishing and after that, we barbecued it on board on our way back home. People liked it a lot and had a great time with us. Is always a pleasure to have so cool people on board!!


Eva

23.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON  The sea is calming down and the humpbacks are playing

12:45 - ON    Dolphins and some more humpbacks. Great day with calm easterly winds. Smiles and tons of photographs 

 

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - ON    Sail, Fish, BBQ, eat and drink :)
 

Puffin:

15:00 - ON  Nice flying conditions today....for the birds, not so much for the airplanes

17:00 - ON  Easy going puffins are waiting in the harbor 

19:00 - OFF

 

8:45

We had a strong breeze coming from the south east today so the sea was a little choppy this morning but not as rough as we expected. We reached the feeding grounds after around 1 hour of sailing but did not see much life initially, only a few seabirds. But then we spotted a big flock of birds and once we got closer we spotted two minke whales that were feeding in the area. We also very briefly saw a couple of white-beaked dolphins but they did not stick around for long. Then we were very excited as we spotted the blow of a humpback whale, so we tried to get a little closer to where we had seen it, and stopped the boat waiting for it to surface again. And it completely took us by surprise, surfacing right by the left side of our boat! We saw it come to the surface several times but did not manage to get a good view of its tail this time. Still, it was a great surprise! Sadly we then ran out of time so we had to say goodbye to this humpback for now, hopefully we will manage to spot it again on our next tour! 



​The humpback whale we saw on this morning's tour

 

12:45

It was a little bit of a slow start to our afternoon trip, and we had been sailing for over 1 hour before spotting any flocks of birds. We saw around 3 big flocks and spent some time at each one but there did not appear to be any whales nearby so we kept sailing hoping to spot something else. We were then suddenly surprised by 3 white-beaked dolphins which swam right in front of our boat before diving underneath our boat so we could see them through the water. Unfortunately they did not stay for too long, but just after they left we heard from another boat that was very close to Reykjavik, that they had spotted what looked like a humpback. So we decided to go straight there, because since it was so close to the city we would be able to spend more time with it. And once we got there we saw it's huge spout and realized that maybe we were looking at something else, not a humpback. And sure enough, in what has to be the biggest surprise of the summer so far, it turned out to be a fin whale! This species is incredibly rare to see in this area, especially so close to the coast, so we were all very very excited! We saw it surface several times, once very close to our boat! A very special experience for everyone on board, and an amazing way to end our afternoon tour. 


​The incredible fin whale we spotted on our afternoon tour!

 

17:00 - Creatures of the Sea

We decided to go out to where we normally see the whales for the fishing part of our tour today, in the hope that we could catch some fish while watching some whales! We started fishing and caught a few large cod and a ling before trying another location, where we caught a couple of haddock and another HUGE cod! A very successful evening of sea angling. We then did a bit of whale watching and spotted a group of white-beaked dolphins and a humpback whale feeding among a huge group of seabirds. We all got a great view of the humpback diving beside our boat several times, but sadly not long after this we ran out of time and had to head back to Reykjavik, but we of course got to enjoy eating our delicious seafood dinner on the way. 

 

-Astrid

22.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF-Due to bad weather we are forced to cancel this tour. To reschedule or get a refund please contact us at info@ReykjavikSailors.is

12:45 - OFF

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF
 

Puffin:

15:00 - OFF

17:00 - OFF

19:00 - OFF

 

21.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - ON
 

Puffin:

15:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

19:00 - OFF

 

8:45

It was very calm out at sea today as there was barely any wind, but it was also quite foggy and a little rainy this morning. We sailed out towards the feeding grounds and got the nice surprise of a minke whale surfacing in front of our boat after only around 30 minutes of sailing. Once it dived and we lost sight of it, we sailed a bit further out into the bay and spotted two white-beaked dolphins which we tried to follow for a few minutes, but they were swimming too fast. So we kept sailing until we reached the feeding grounds and had many great sightings of minke whales - we lost track of how many we saw! We also spotted a small group of harbour porpoises, so we spotted 3 out of the 4 most commonly seen species on this trip.

 


A minke whale that we spotted through the fog​ this morning

 

12:45

The rain had stopped by the time our afternoon tour started so the visibility was much better than this morning. After around 1 hour of sailing we spotted some white-beaked dolphins, but this time it was a large family pod! There were at least 10 individuals including calves, which are always lovely to see. We then sailed further out and again spotted several minke whales, some of them very close to the boat. We then spotted a group of around 5 or 6 harbour porpoises, and got a good view of them as they swam nearby our boat. On our way back into the city we spotted another minke whale but we had run out of time and sadly could not stop to spend too much time with it. 

 


Another minke whale we saw close to the boat on this afternoon's trip​

 


One of the white-beaked dolphins from the family group we saw this afternoon

 

17:00 - Creatures of the Sea

Since it was so beautifully calm in the bay today we decided to head back out to the feeding grounds where we had seen all the minke whales earlier, so we could do some multitasking with whale watching and fishing at the same time! But first we put down our plow, and collected several starfish, 2 sea cucumbers and 2 small whelks. We then tried some fishing but only caught one cod, so we decided to try another area where we were much more successful and caught at least 10 whiting! We also spotted a group of white-beaked dolphins as well as several minke whales and the highlight of the trip - 2 humpbacks! We sailed back to Reykjavik after our very successful trip enjoying our catch of the day for dinner. 

 

-Astrid

20.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

15:00 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF
 

Puffin:

15:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

19:00 - OFF

 

08:45

 

This morning we left with little expectations because yesterday had not been great in the evening, but we were going to get surprised. We left heading west as usual but one of the other whale watching boats sighted a spout, of possibly a humpback. The whole fleet rushed to the location of that boat and soon it became clear it was a humpback, in fact, the same individual we had encountered yesterday. This time its behavior was very relaxed so our views and pictures weren't too great. We actually decided to leave the whale after we had seen it for a while. We sailed a little further out and we found a large group of white-beaked dolphins that were welcoming and started even bow riding our boat.

 

 

One of the white-beaked dolphins that approached our boat this morning.

 

Then we heard over the radio that a humpback whale had become crazy breaching and slapping nearby and waited no time to pay it a visit.  as we got closer we could see it breaching two or three times and we couldn't wait to get closer.

 

One of the moments when the humpback whale breached, always a great sight.

 

We stayed with that individual that kept rolling over. splashing and breaching on the same spot for more than ten minutes, and all our guest got fantastic photos.

Today's lively humpback put on a show for everyone to admire.

 

15:00 Tour

On this tour, we were particularly pressed to please our special group of 30 guests from China. It meant that we would have to coordinate with the group's guide to making sure our Chinese speaking customers wouldn't miss one sight. We left, setting course towards the western feeding area, at first there was little sign of bird life so we kept on searching once we had arrived. After a short while we spotted some flocks of birds and as usual headed in their direction. Then, at a distance, we saw a small spout, like those of minke whales. As we got right over the excited birds in the flock we could see clearly a large shoal of sandeels close to the surface. Suddenly, there it was the minke whale made its appearance and the whole group of guests cheered instantly, it was just brilliant positioning and timing. That happened again as the large minke whale surfaced repeatedly, first in front of the bow and then twice to our port side.

 

A nice picture of that large minke whale, the highlight of the tour.

 

Once the minke whale had left we carried on further north searching for dolphins that have been visiting the Bay in numbers these days. A few miles north of sailing and we crossed paths with a small group of white-beaked dolphins, great end to the tour and everyone happy.

 

  The small group of white-beaked dolphins we found at the end of the tour.

 

- JHF

19.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - ON
 

Puffin:

15:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

19:00 - OFF

 

08:45

 

We left harbor in the morning with the idea of setting a course towards the feeding area, but early on we got a nice surprise. As soon as we left the islands just outside Reykjavík we were greeted with a large pod of white-beaked dolphins. We stayed with them for a good while and took great close up pictures several times. 

 

The family pod of white-beaked dolphins with adult females clearly busy fishing.

 

Accompanying the adult females, juveniles both males and females having a good time.

 

Then our captain Björn spotted a whale breaching in the distance, we just couldn´t believe it and then left the dolphins to watch that whale that turned out to be a humpback whale. 

The humpback whale that we encountered early on the morning tour.

As we got closer to this individual we found it was leisurely rolling over.

 

12:45

 

We had great expectations for this tour, but as experience tell us it is better to keep calm as whales and dolphins are constantly on the move. As it happened on this tour we had to work hard to find groups of dolphins, but we succeeded on three occasions. 

 

A good close up picture of this male group, probably seeking family pods with receptive females.

 

We thought that we would only get to see dolphins this time but finally, we got lucky and approached an area where a minke whale had been spotted and it just showed up close to us so we managed a good view of it and even some pictures.  

 

The only moment in the whole day when a decent picture of a minke whale could be taken.

 

 

After a day a summer storm day had passed the waters of the bay must have been rather turbulent so it may take some days for calmer conditions to settle. Then, whale watching opportunity should come back to what we have been used until now. 


17:00  Creatures of the sea tour

 

We set sail straight out into the bay hoping to get the fishing and spotting some whales. First, we found a large shoal of fish just out of Reykjavík and caught two nice cod and a whiting. 

 

 

Unfortunately, we had used too much of our time to deploy the scallop dredge so we had to abandon the dredging this time. Then we went a little further out and a minke whale was spotted but too far we tried to follow it with no luck, so we had to desist and continued fishing and then we grilled our catch. 

                       

As always, one can't get fresher fish on the market so everyone enjoyed this superb dinner at sea.

 

-JHF

 

18.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - OFF 

Due to bad weather we are forced to cancel this tour. To reschedule or get a refund please contact us at info@ReykjavikSailors.is

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF
 

Puffin:

15:00 - OFF

17:00 - OFF

19:00 - OFF

 

8:45 

Braving the stormy seas, we headed out into Faxaflói Bay this morning. We sailed for around 1 hour before hearing from another boat that had spotted some white-beaked dolphins, so we headed over there to get a closer look. These dolphins are famously difficult to get close to, as they are very fast swimmers and can easily out-swim our boat if they want to. But our captain did a great job of keeping up with them and we saw them swimming close to our boat several times, before putting on the ultimate show for us - all of a sudden, the whole group started to jump and flip out of the water, right in front of us! It was so much fun to watch. We then sailed a bit further south hoping to spot something bigger, but unfortunately the whales were being a bit elusive today. So we just headed back to Reykjavik, and managed to get back to the harbour before the winds picked up. But all our brave customers today were nicely rewarded for putting up with the slightly bumpy ride today, with that amazing dolphin sighting!

One of the playful white-beaked dolphins we saw this morning!

12:45 & 17:00 

The weather is forecast to get much worse later today so unfortunately we had to cancel our remaining tours for today.

 

-Astrid

17.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - ON
 

Puffin:

15:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

19:00 - OFF

 

8:45

We sailed out into Faxaflói Bay this morning with an overcast sky and a light breeze coming from the south west. Once we reached the feeding grounds we started to see a bit more bird life, but did not see any of the huge flocks of birds that we have been seeing over the past few weeks. Then we got the call that another boat had spotted a humpback whale, so we changed course and headed over in that direction. Just after we heard this we were surprised by a small group of white-beaked dolphins, but they were being very elusive today and we only really saw them for a few seconds before they disappeared again. But we didn't mind too much - we had a humpback to find! As we got closer to the boat that had spotted the humpback we also briefly saw at least two minke whales, each around 200m from the boat. We saw them surface a couple of times each, but only briefly as is normal with minke whales. We then finally spotted the blow/spout of the humpback we had been hearing about. The whale seemed to be in a relaxed mood, and was just staying close to the surface, not diving deep so we did not get to see its tail today. However we got to spend around 30 minutes with this humpback, and it surfaced right in front of our boat at one point so everybody on board got a great view. So despite the sightings being quite brief, we spotted 3 out of the 4 most commonly seen species all in one trip this morning! 

The blow or spout of the humpback whale we saw this morning


​The back of this elusive humpback

 

12:45

We had a little bit of sunshine at the start of our afternoon tour and the wind had dropped a little so conditions were good out in the bay. Once we reached the feeding grounds, we again got the call that another boat had spotted a humpback, and we saw it briefly at the surface a few times before it dived and we lost track of it for a while. We sailed around the bay hoping to spot it again or to spot something else, but for a long time did not see much except for a few flocks of birds, which did not appear to be accompanied by any whales. Our captain then spotted a pair of white-beaked dolphins in front of us, which swam around our boat giving everyone on board a good view of their distinctive white markings, but then they did their usual disappearing act again. We tried one more time to spot that humpback again before we had to head back to the city but unfortunately it proved to be just as elusive as it was before. 

A white-beaked dolphin spotted on our afternoon tour

 

17:00 - Creatures of the Sea

We started our Creatures of the Sea trip trying some sea angling around the islands just near Reykjavik. We caught a few fish but were not having much success, so decided to sail out to where we normally spot the whales, as our fishing has been much more successful out there over the past few weeks. Once we got out there we spotted a minke whale and had a great sighting of a family group of white-beaked dolphins. We also had much more success with the fishing, catching a mixture of cod, haddock and whiting. We then of course grilled this freshly caught fish and ate it for dinner on our way back to Reykjavik - delicious, as always!

 

-Astrid

16.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF

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

Puffin:

15:00 - OFF

17:00 - OFF

19:00 - OFF

 

8:45

 

It was fairly sunny today but with a strong breeze coming from the west, meaning there was quite a lot of movement on the boat on our morning trip. However, it was all worth it! We sailed out from the harbour for around 45 minutes before spotting a couple of big flocks of seabirds. We headed closer to investigate and soon also spotted a large spout, and that means only one thing in this bay - a humpback whale! It was lunge feeding at the surface, and we got a great view of this behaviour as it continued feeding for around 10 minutes near our boat. Then, completely out of the blue, it breached! What a treat for everyone on board. We spent about 30 minutes in total watching this whale before heading a bit further out into the bay to check out another big flock of birds, but we did not spot any other whales nearby so we decided to head back to the city. We stopped to have one last view of the humpback we had seen previously, and it was still lunge feeding which is always amazing to watch. But then our time had run out so we had to go back to the city. 

 


A fantastic surprise for us this morning - a breaching humpback whale!

 

12:45

 

The wind had picked up a lot by our afternoon tour, so it was quite a bumpy ride this afternoon. However, we headed back out to where we had the success of the humpback whale this morning, and soon spotted some more flocks of birds. Among them were two feeding minke whales, one large and one quite small. We watched them feeding for a few minutes, coming quite close to the boat as they surfaced to breathe. We then sailed a little further hoping to spot the humpback from this morning, and we did! It appeared to have stopped feeding but we saw it a few times as it came to the surface. It then took a deeper dive and we thought we had lost sight of it for around 10 minutes, but with the help of the other whale watching boats we located it again. We also briefly spotted another minke in the area. But by now the sea was getting very choppy so we decided to head back to the city, thankfully now with the waves behind us making it a bit of a smoother journey. 

 


​The tail flukes of the humpback we saw today 

 

17:00 - Creatures of the Sea

 

Unfortunately it was far too windy today to be able to run our Creatures of the Sea trip - we need calm seas for fishing!

 

-Astrid

15.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - ON
 

Puffin:

15:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

19:00 - OFF

 

 

 

08:45 / 12:45

Today was a no show day on both tours, we went out searching for whales and dolphins and found one minke whale, but only the crew saw it. At some point, we were at least 8 or 9 vessels in the bay and only one or two of them got a quick glimpse of a minke whale and some porpoises. For the whole day, there was a bleak indication of the presence of two minke whales that were hardly seen. There were birds in large numbers and enough fish but little sign of cetaceans out there in the feeding area. As a result, all of our passengers were given a return ticket to try again when the whales decide to return in numbers.

 

17:00

We left with a fine weather and considering the prospects of finding whales we decided to go near the islands of Engey and Viðey. We towed our scallop dredge over a kelp forest on Engey's reef and got plenty of spider crabs, sea stars, soft corals and sea urchins. Both the parents and two young girls on board found it very interesting and took closeup pictures of a hermit crab a very lively brittle star.

The whole family admiring the creatures of the sea.

Then we went to an underwater extension of the island of Viðey it is a terrace called viðeyflakk were there are often lots of cod and haddock. There we fished exactly that cod, haddock and some large whiting that went straight to the grill for dinner. 

Our skilled fishermen family that caught a nice cod and a fine haddock for dinner.

 

-JHF

14.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

12:45 - OFF

Due to bad weather we are forced to cancel today tours.

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

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF
 

Puffin:

15:00 - OFF

17:00 - OFF

19:00 - OFF

 

13.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - ON
 

Puffin:

15:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

19:00 - OFF

 
 

08:45

We had a cloudy day with a light breeze from the southwest and some showers near the coast, but pleasant conditions in general. Half way to the regular feeding area we noted that minke whales were around but, they were spread over large areas and were very hard to spot and follow. No sign of the bird life we had just a few days back, especially regarding kittiwakes and arctic terns also little sign of fish near the surface. Finally, we had a quick glimpse of minke whales. However the highlight of the tour was a long encounter with a family pod of dolphins. As it had happened before when  they got closer they began bow riding our boat and we could get fantastic close-up pictures and videos.

 

 

 The group of dolphins we found today.

 

12:45

The nice weather was better for the afternoon tour it was  warmer so we enjoyed better conditions. We managed to find the minke whales back unlike in the morning tour we found some minke whales, and spent a while with them. This time the highlight of the tour was an instant when one minke whale appeared out of the blue right in front of the boat and most people on board saw it clearly.

The minke whale that emerged from a dive literally within touching distance!

 

Another minke whale we could photograph on this tour in one of its short surfacings.

 

17:00

 

We set course towards the area where whales and dolphins often hang about to try our luck fishing. Ther we found a  nice pod of dolphins what we followed for a while to view them. Then we sampled the sea bed in the area, we got plenty of shingle, but also some sea stars and sea urchins.

After that, we got on with the fishing and we caught plenty of large whiting, large cod and a wolffish.

-JHF

 

 

12.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF
 

Puffin:

15:00 - ...

17:00 - ...

19:00 - OFF

 

08:45

Unfortunately the lovely sunny weather we have been having over the past few days had been replaced with wind and rain today, making it a bit more challenging to spot whales. However we still headed out on our morning tour, and after around 1 hour of sailing we spotted a small group of maybe 3 or 4 white-beaked dolphins. They did not stick around for long unfortunately but we did get a close look at them as they briefly swam beside the boat. We then sailed further south and heard from another boat that they had spotted a humpback whale, but when we arrived the whale had taken a deep dive and we did not see it again. So we started heading back toward Reykjavik and briefly stopped by a flock of birds where we saw two minke whales but only for a couple of seconds before they dived again. Each of these sightings was very brief so we did not manage to get any photos this morning. 

 

12:45

The wind had dropped slightly for our afternoon tour, but the rain was still persisting. Once we got back out into the feeding grounds in the bay we spotted a huge flock of birds, which is usually a good sign, and once we got a bit closer we saw that there were a couple of minke whales amongst the birds at the surface. One of these minke whales swam right in front of our boat, it must have been only 20m away! So it was a great sighting, but very brief (as is usual with minke sightings) so we did not manage to get any photos. We then kept sailing around the bay but the weather had closed in a lot so the visibility was not good. So sadly we did not see any other whales on this trip. It is always a shame when the sightings are so low on our trips, but all of our customers from today were offered a complimentary return ticket to try again another day. 

-Astrid 

11.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - ON
 

Puffin:

15:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

19:00 - OFF

 

08:45

Another cloudless sunny day of July, so we set course for the outer bay on the outgoing tide as yesterday. The usual pattern these days was repeated again, approaching the feeding grounds we started to focus on groups of birds.Minke whales were in the area in numbers however, they behaved erratically and were very hard to spot and follow to get good sightings. Again, we worked extra hard going from one bird group to the next and succeeded in getting some views and pictures of minke whales against beautiful landscapes.  

One lucky shot of a minke whale on this tour with a nice view of the town of Akrness.

After a short while, a small group of white-beaked dolphins was spotted heading our way and we were on for a treat! As they got closer they began bow riding our boat and we could get fantastic close-up pictures and videos.

  The group of dolphins as they approached us playfully.

One of the moments when the Dolphins got very close to the boat. 

 

 12:45

The nice weather held on and for the afternoon tour it was even warmer so we had excellent conditions. By this time the tide had changed and this resulted in a slightly better behavior of the whales so it wasn't as hard to find the minke whales as it had been in the morning tour. We found some minke whales, but again we came across a small group of white-beaked dolphins and followed them for a while.

 

 

Some of the white-beaked dolphins from the group of four or five that we encountered today.

 

The minke whale we could photograph on this tour in one of its short surfacings.

 

17.00

We had very good conditions initially so we went to the whale's feeding area and found a lone humpback, finally the encounter we had been waiting for all day. We did not get good pictures of it as it surfaced only partly and for a short time. The wind increased in strength and made fishing rather difficult but we did manage to get enough for the grill. We caught haddock, two large cod, a saithe and two large writings.

 

-JHF

 

10.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF
 

Puffin:

15:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

19:00 - OFF

 

08:45

On this cloudless sunny day of July, we left Reykjavík for the outer bay on the outgoing tide so we expected to sail for a while. As we approached the feeding ground we started to focus on groups of birds. We noted the presence of porpoises, but could not get decent pictures of them. Minke whales were in the area in numbers however, they behaved erratically and were very hard to spot and follow to get good sightings. In any case, we worked extra hard going from one bird group to the next and succeeded in getting some views and pictures.  

 One lucky shot of a minke whale on this tour.

12:45

 

The nice weather held on and for the afternoon tour it was even warmer so we had excellent conditions. By this time the tide had changed and this resulted in a slightly better behavior of the whales so it wasn't as hard to find the minke whales as it had been in the morning tour. We found some minke whales, but we came across a small group of white-beaked dolphins and followed them for a while.

 

Some of the white-beaked dolphins from the group of four or five that we encountered today.

The minke whale we could photograph on this tour in one of its short surfacings.

 

-JHF

 

 

09.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 -  ON
 

Puffin:

15:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

19:00 - ON

 

12:45

It was absolutely beautiful sunny weather today, finally it feels like summer! We headed out into the bay this afternoon enjoying the sunshine and feeling optimistic about sightings. And after only around 45 minutes of sailing we spotted a large flock of seabirds which usually means there is a lot of fish at the surface, and quite often some whales too. And once we got closer we were able to see at least two minke whales feeding near the surface. Because it was so sunny, the water looked very clear and we were able to see the whales even when they were below the surface, and we could even see their white bellies. They came pretty close to the boat a couple of times, so it was a really great sighting. We then spotted a group of around 4 or 5 white-beaked dolphins, which came right up to the front of our boat and swam along with us for a little while which is always lovely to see. Sadly we then ran out of time so had to  head back towards the city, but we had a lovely return trip enjoying this wonderful sunshine! 


One of the minke whales we saw feeding today


​Some of the playful white-beaked dolphins we saw on our afternoon tour

17:00 - Creatures of the Sea 

We decided to head straight back out to where we have been seeing the whales recently for our Creatures of the Sea tour today as it meant we could multi-task, trying some fishing while whale watching at the same time. The wind had picked up quite a lot but despite this we still had some amazing sightings of a couple of minke whales feeding surrounded by seabirds, and a humpback whale being annoyed by some white-beaked dolphins! We also managed to catch a lot more fish than expected - we got a combination of cod, pollock and whiting. And one of our customers set a new record by catching 8 fish during the trip! Unfortunately the sea was too rough to be able to put down our plow so we just headed back to the city and enjoyed our fresh catch of the day as dinner.

 

-Astrid

08.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - ON
 

Puffin:

15:00 - ON

17:00 - OFF

19:00 - OFF

 

8:45

As is typical for the Icelandic summer, it was a little bit grey and rainy this morning, but not too windy, and the whales don't mind the rain so neither do we! As we sailed out towards the feeding grounds of the whales, we briefly spotted a small group of harbour porpoises, that swam quite close to the boat. Once we got further out into the bay we spotted a few minke whales but none of them were very close to us. So we kept sailing and then spotted a flock of seabirds, and within them was a minke whale AND a humpback whale, both lunge feeding at the surface. The minke whale didn't stick around for long after we arrived but the humpback stayed nearby and we got to see it very close to the boat several times. We also got some lovely views of its tail flukes as it dived. We then briefly had some white-beaked dolphins swim along with us, and spotted a few more minke whales on our way back to Reykjavik, so it was another very successful trip, seeing all 4 of the main species that we get in the waters around Reykjavik. 


​A minke whale lunge-feeding at the surface

 


The tail flukes of the humpback we saw this morning​

 

12:45

We sailed back out into the bay on our afternoon trip feeling optimistic about sightings after the very successful morning tour. Thankfully the rain had stopped but the wind had picked up a little. Shortly after we reached the usual feeding grounds, we spotted a lot of birds and saw at least 4 or 5 minke whales. We also had a very brief encounter with two white-beaked dolphins, and a small group of harbour porpoises swam past. We then found a humpback whale, and saw it dive several times, giving us a great view of its tail. On our way back to Reykjavik we found another group of feeding minke whales, and at one point we were surrounded! There must have been at least 8 or so all around us in every direction! A pretty nice end to the trip. The wind had picked up quite a lot by the time we were heading back to Reykjavik, so it was good timing to be ending the trip there.  


A minke whale​ swimming past our boat

 


A white-beaked dolphin

 


​Another humpback!

17:00 - Creatures of the Sea

Unfortunately it was quite windy by the time our Creatures of the Sea trip started, but we decided to head out to where we had seen the whales before anyway, to hopefully see them again. First, we stopped close to the small islands just outside Reykjavik and put down our plow, and collected some very big quahog shells, a few starfish, some soft coral and a little spider crab. We then headed out into the bay and suddenly we couldn't believe our eyes - we saw a MINKE whale jumping right in front of our boat! This is incredibly rare and was very exciting to see, but sadly we were not fast enough to get a photo. We then stopped off near the small islands again on our way back to Reykjavik, as the wind had finally calmed down a little, and gave fishing a try. Sadly we didn't catch anything this time, but luckily we always have a back up plan, and we cooked some of the extra fish we caught a couple of days ago and still had a lovely dinner. 

 

-Astrid

07.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - ON
 

Puffin:

15:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

19:00 - OFF

 

8:45

It was a little bit cloudy today but otherwise nice and calm, great conditions for whale watching. We sailed out into Faxaflói Bay this morning, heading for the usual feeding grounds of minke whales and sure enough we spotted plenty of minke whales. A few of these minke whales came nice and close to the boat, giving everyone a great view. We also spotted a group of white-beaked dolphins,  which are always lovely to see, before heading back to the city. 

A minke whale that came close to our boat

 

Two of the white-beaked dolphins​ we saw this morning

 

12:45

We sailed back out to where we had seen the minke whales this morning, and sure enough just as we spotted a flock of seabirds we were surprised by a minke whale surfacing right in front of the boat. We then saw at least 5 more in the area, and had another great surprise of spotting a humpback whale too! It dived a few times and showed us its tail flukes, and then gave us the biggest surprise of all when it came right up to the side of our boat and stuck its head up out of the water, looking at us! This behaviour is known as spy-hopping, and is quite rare to see so it was a very special moment for everyone on board. Sadly it took us by surprise so much that we didn't manage to get a photo, but it was still an incredible sight! We spent about 20 minutes with this humpback but then left to give the other boats a chance to have a closer look, and to see if we could spot something else. We found a group of white-beaked dolphins, which came quite close a couple of times but they were definitely teasing us and kept changing direction and swimming under our boat. All in all, a pretty good afternoon tour! 


The tail flukes of the very friendly humpback whale we saw on our afternoon tour!


​Some more white-beaked dolphins

 

17:00 - Creatures of the Sea

We sailed out towards Hvalfjörður at the start of our Creatures of the Sea trip to see what we could find by putting down our plow. We collected, among other things, a lot of shells, some starfish, brittle stars, a sea cucumber and one huge sea urchin! We then tried fishing nearby but did not have much luck, only catching one cod. So we decided to sail further out into the bay towards our usual whale watching area, and do some multi-tasking by trying our luck at some fishing while whale watching too. And it was just perfect - we saw two humpback whales, some minke whales and some jumping white-beaked dolphins, all while fishing with a beautiful rainbow in the background. We caught lots of pollock and a couple of cod, and ate them for dinner! Another lovely summer's evening out on our boat Sailor.

The huge sea urchin we collected in our plow


You can't really beat that view while fishing!

 

-Astrid​

06.07.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF

Once again it is to windy and to rough on the ocean for fishing tour.

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

Puffin:

15:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

19:00 - OFF

 

08:45

Again windy conditions today, but not too bad as the wind blew from the east there were no waves we just offered supplementary motion sickness tablets and all good. We used most of our time going from one bird group to another to get short glimpses of minke whales that didn't show themselves much. Then, we spotted a large group of northern gannets taking their well known dives and decided to get close to them. 

As we approached the birds we saw a large back and a spout, we knew then it was a humpback! 

We stayed with this individual for a while and got nice close pictures of it.

 

12:45

 

As in the morning, we left with a strong breeze from the east and sailed towards the feeding area. In the afternoon there were fewer birds so we needed to get a bit luckier, which we did. we sighted a small group of dolphins first and latter we found a lone humpback.We spent the rest of the tour with this individual that kept swimming close to us for a good while. We managed to take good pictures and left the whale alone again.

-JHF