DAILY DIARY

2.04.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

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12:45 - OFF

Due to bad weather conditions we are forced to cancel our whale watching tours today :(

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Northern Lights:

22:00 - OFF

Clouds cover in full expected tonight :(

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1.04.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

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Northern Lights:

22:00 - ON

Partly cludy and good activity - let's try

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8:45 / 12:45

What a swell day !

 

Swell as in "excellent; very good" not "a slow, regular movement of the sea in rolling waves that do not break."

There was a bit of that as well, coming in from the north.

 

But the sun was shining*, the birds were singing**, and the grass was green***.

 

A bit of movement on the first whale watching tour.

It didn't rough us up too much though.

We drove on, heading north west.

And we found two dolphins.

Great day. !

 

....

 

Nah ! April Fools ! :D

 

We found a minke whale.

And even though dolphins are always fun and great, it's nice to find something else on occasion.

There was even another minke whale nearby.

And it has been a long while since I saw one of them. 

So a warm welcome to them.

 

They showed themselves nicely, for minkes anyway, and even though they were always rather far off we managed good looks at them.

 

On our second tour we headed to the same are we found the minkes in.

And as my good friend from Kazakhstan used to say "Great Success"  👍

 

First of we found a single minke whale.

Came up quite near us at first and then it came up a few more times to the north of us when we stopped to look for it.

It dove for a longer time than we had patience for, because dolphins were being seen up ahead.

We went to check them out, but we were delayed, due to a humpback  spouting right in front of us.

 

Darn humpbacks always getting in the way of good dolphins......

Just kidding. Humpbacks rock.

 

So we stopped to check it out.

It dove for a looong time and appeared a long way away again, if it even was him.

There were probably at least two humpbacks in the area.

Some say it could have been more.

There was a sneaky minke whale that appeared once there as well.

 

We see them a couple of times far off and then proceed to check out dolphins, which are always great fun.

The dolphins were playful and curious as (almost) always, and plenty of them.

 

But we had to check out another humpback seen in the distance.

So there we went. And played the waiting game.

So we waited....

 

And waited....

 

And it came up right in front of us, once, and it dove again.

And then it turned out that humpbacks are much better at the waiting game than we are.

 

So we ran out of time and headed home after an incredibly successful day.

More life in the bay.

More whales.

More of everything.

 

Good times ahead.

 

-JIB

 

31.03.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

12:45 - ON

Beautiful sunny day perfect for whale watching.

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Northern Lights:

22:00 - ON

Partly clouded and good activity

12:45

A calm breeze from the north blew on us as we headed out on our whale watching trip today. A sunny day and calm waters.

 

Took about an hour of sailing until we came upon a vast pod of dolphins.

And they were showing themselves very well.

 

Then we searched around a bit before we headed back.

 

Tons upon tons of fish still in the bay.

Mostly cod it seems, which is rather on the larger side for our cetacean* friends.

Lots of birds trying to get a bite, and fishing boats as well.

 

Rumors of a humpback in the bay reached my ears, great news, we'll see if that one shows itself in the coming days.

 

Tomorrow looks good for whale watching, Sunday looks rather windy** and the next coming days could be a bit hit or miss in regards to weather.

So plan accordingly.

 

But as ever we will see what will be ;)

 

* Fancy Latin word for whales.

** 7 on the Beaufort Scale. Moderate Gale, 50-61 km\h, 13.9-17.1 m\s 

 

 

30.03.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

Beautiful day, sun is coming up and we are heading out to try findsome whales.

12:45 - ON

Sunshine and little to no wind. Great day to go for whale watching.

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Northern Lights:

22:00 - ON

Beautiful day, and hopefully a better night!

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Today the sun shone on us.

No. Really, it did.

 

There was no wind blowing at all as we headed out today.

There was quite a bit of it as we got further out. :)

 

We are clearly nearing summer, there was probably a half hour period of time where I abandoned my thermal overall.

Feeling the fresh summer breeze blow in ones face....

It was a cold breeze admittedly.

 

The view was spectacular as always.

Everything surrounding the bay was crystal clear.

 

And so were the white-beaked dolphins we came upon today.

Looks like the same large pod of them that has been hanging around south of Akranes for  the past few  days.

A lot of birds, fulmars, black-backed seagulls, and even northern gannets, around them as well.

Hunting for the same little fishies as the dolphins.

 

Quite a number of fishing boats out there today as well.

Mostly small hook-and-line boats in our area.

Got good looks at the cod they were catching as well.

 

Looks like decent weather for the next few days, for the most  part.

This new fish presence is a really good sign for the coming days, so something larger is bound to show up any day now :)

 

We will see what will be ;)

-JIB

29.03.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

 

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Northern Lights:

22:00 - OFF

Good activity, bad clouds.

Another day on the bay whale watching.

 

The weather is still cloudy and a bit windy.

 

The white-beaked dolphins are still up too their old tricks.

Saw a lot of them on both our trips today.

Many mother-calf pairs. Absolutely adorable :)

They showed themselves quite clearly, swam under us and we got really good looks at them.

 

The weather looks quite similar for the next few days as well.

Which is nice :)

 

JIB

 

28.03.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Extremely warm morning greet us today - summer is on the way :)

It might be really good day for whale watching with  calm wind

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Northern Lights:

22:00 - OFF

Too cloudy tonight :(

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8:45 / 12:45

 

Mild winds followed us on both of our whale watching tours today.

Fully clouded overhead, but the view of the surroundings of Faxaflói were exemplary as always.

On both our trips we found a considerable amount of white-beaked dolphins.

 

On the first we only came upon them at the very end and didn't have a lot of time to show them, but we managed to get a decent look at them and they were rather lively.

 

There was a minke whale there as well.

Nobody saw her though, except me, the captain, and the engingeer.

Oh, minkes. You sneaky little whales :P

 

On the second tour we found the dolphins much earlier, about an hour in.

They were all over the place.

Looking in pretty much every direction, a dolphin could be seen.

Jumping and doing all sorts of fun dolphin things :)

 

A lot of fish in the bay as well today.

Tons upon tons of it was seen on our fish finder today.

Which is great. Hopefully we start getting more full size whales now ;)

 

P.S. The fulmars were getting uncomfortably close to us today.

And you could see the hunger in their eyes.

I wonder what they are up too.....

JIB

27.03.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

12:45 - ON

Sunny but quite cold but and of course we do provide warm overalls, just usk our crew on the boat for assistance.

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Northern Lights:

22:00 - ON

Amazing forecast for tonight, no clouds expected and high activity :)

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12:45

 

Little taste of summer

 

Today we left harbor with a mild breeze from the SW, clear skies and hardly any waves., Basically a summer day on the sunshine, but a bit chili on the shade. We sailed out and after a short while several dorsal fins were sighted. We encountered a large family pod of white-beaked dolphins scattered over a large area in groups of three to five individuals. There were animals of all sizes including juveniles and so many of them that soon all the whale watching boats had one group each for viewing. We got lucky enough to stumble upon a pod whose leader is well known to us (scar face), we have seen it several times this winter, I think is middle aged (mid 20s), but still we don't know its gender. 

After having spent some time with our friends, we like the other boats decided to find some larger whales. Not long sailing further out into the way a pair of minke whales were spotted and we had the opportunity to view them for a while every time they surface to breath after a feeding dive. 

In all the tour was very successful today, we had a good view of the dolphins and a decent sighting of a pair of minke whales on a quasi-summer day for Icelandic climate. 

 

JHF

 

22:00

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.

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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.

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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

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12:45 - OFF

Due to storm conditions we are forced to cancel tour

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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

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12:45 - OFF

It is to rough to sailout to day.

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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

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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.

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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 :(
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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

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12:45 - OFF

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Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

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