DAILY DIARY

13.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

12:45 - ON

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

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 -   OFF 

Full clouds cover expected tonight :(

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

12:45 / 13:00

I hardly know where to begin.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

So we headed a bit further out.

 

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

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

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

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

There ain't really a dorsal fin...

And it's going real slow...

And it's huge....

Because it's a HUMPBACK !!

The second day in a row !!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I thought.....

 

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

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

They hadn't and they weren't.

They said what I thought they had said.

 

ORCAS.

 

Four orcas (killer whales) were found.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Wouldn't that be something :D

 

But we will see what will be.

 

-JIB

 

 

12.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - On

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

12:45 - ON

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

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 -   OFF

It is to cloudy tonight for us to go out.

8:45/9:00

HUMPBACK !!

The humpbacks are back baby !

Just a quick update in between tours. 

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

And we found a really good humpback out here.

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

 

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

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

Waving it's fins.

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

Sticking it's head out.

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

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

And that is not too common of a sight.

So this was great.

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

 

-JIB

 

11.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - On

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

12:45 - ON

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

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 -   ON

Great forecast for tonight!

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

And we got great looks at them.

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

 

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

So check the weather forecast before booking with us,

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

 

 

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

We will see what will be.

 

-JIB

10.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - On

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

12:45 - OFF

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

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 -  OFF

It is cloudy tonight so no tour.

9.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURs

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

12:45 - ON

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

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

8.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Too many clouds expected tonight :(

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

7.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

 

12:45 - ON

 

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 - 

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

 

6.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

This morning the weather is calm.

12:45 - ON

The weather is still calm so we are going out.

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Clouds are in our way so we will not be going out tonight.

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

 

8:45/9:00

 

We sailed all around the bay in search of a minke whalethat has been spotted these days, but no luck. However, we did find a nice group of white beacled dolphins, a small grouo of males, out in the regular feeding area.

-JHF

5.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Sunny day with some wind so we might feel some movement on the boat but we provide complimentary seasick pills, ask at our office or on the boat

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Clouds cover in full expected tonight.

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

 

8:45 - 12:45 

 

Hi !

Let'a keep it short today.

Not a lot of updates here in the last few days, website troubles, no big deal.

 

But those things I've mentioned in the past are back.

What was it again...

Um....

Oh.... yeah.... The MINKE WHALES are back !!

There is one that keeps in mostly the same place out in the bay and there is probably another one there in the same general vicinity.

Seen the day before yesterday, yesterday morning, and on both tours today !!

Yay !

There are also white-beaked dolphins, which is nice.

But to conclude: Whoop ! Whoop ! Minkes ! :)

 

-JIB 

4.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Great day with calm wind so we might feel some movement on the boat but we provide complimentary seasick pills, ask at our office or on the boat

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Some clouds expected and quite good activity - fingers cross, it might be good show tonight

12:45

Today we sailed out in search of minke whales in the feeding grounds of the bay since one or more had been spotted in the morning tour in the area. We weren't lucky, but on our way back we encountered a small pod of dolphins that we could watch for a while until they said goodbye.

3.03.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Great sunny day!!!

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

 No clouds expected tonight and good activity :)

 

 

 

Stephen, thank you for sharing your wonderful photo with us :)

 

 

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2.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

12:45 - ON

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Good activity so we sail out tonight

 

1.3.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Beautiful day in Reykjavik. Why not go whale watching?

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Clear sky and good activity.

28.02.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Beautiful sunny day - perfect for Whale Watching :)

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Another day with clear sky and very high activity -  Hurray....hurray!!!

27.02.2017 - 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 but we provide complimentary seasick pils, just ask at our office or crew on the boat

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Clear sky and high activity -  Hurray!!!

 

12:45 / 13:00

After a white weekend with snow up to1m (3ft) deep in places we left harbor. 

 

 

The day was magnificent, sunny and cloudless. Initially, we set course along the northern shores overlooking Reykjavík, but found nothing. We kept encountering large groups of fulmar (seagull like birds). The view of the snow covered mountains was stunning.

 

 

After one hour or so we thought best to head west. When we reached the southern lava fields we found little, but more fulmar and some kittiwake gulls. After a while we encountered shoals of fish in mid water and we started to increase our searching efforts. Not long time after one of our guest rushed to the other side of the bout shouting, over there!! twice. He just saw the back of a humpback whale. I managed to get a glimpse too, then the whale showed up on the other side and most people got to see it spout twice. Right, we didn't get an awesome view, but we saw one of the humpback whales that are arriving first from their annual breeding migration in the Caribbean.

-JHF

26.02.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Clear sky tonight so hopefully we will be lucky to see Northern Lights

25.2.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

Still strong wind after yesterdays storm so we are forced to cancel our Whale Watching tour today

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

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Due to cloud cover

24.02.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

Violent gale is expected today so we are forced to cancel our Whale Watching tour today

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

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

We are not going out tonight. It has been a stormy day and with storms come clouds.

23.02.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

It might be rough on the ocean today but we provide complimentary seasick pills, ask at the office or our crew on the boat.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Partly clouded and northern lights active, so fingers cross :)

 

 

12:45 / 13:00

There is a lot of things to say about the weather these days.

First of: Winter is back. For now. We'll see how long that holds.

Secondly: A Storm Is Coming. More on that later.

Thirdly and last: There was a ridiculous amount of swell today. Let's start with that.

 

The swell today was, in a word, unexpected.

It was coming in from the west, mostly, a bit from the north as well.

But the last real wind from the west was on Monday, so this was quite unexpected.

So it was a bit rough on the way out, but Sailor can handle anything out here.

 

And we headed southwest, into the swell to minimize movement.

Not a lot of visibility, roughly 150-250 meters out. So the radar got to do his thing today. 

But let's mention whales along with the weather.

Despite a prevalent downpour of snow through a sizable part of the trip we did manage to locate some white-beaked dolphins on our way back.

There were 4 of them, and I think they might have been sleeping since they just bobbed along the surface.

I also think we might have woken them up and startled them, because they disappeared as fast they appeared.

 

Heading further back we saw a few more dolphins, quite close to land, but managed only a few glances at them.

So even though we were happy to get a taste of nature, we didn't feel like this lived up to our rigorous standards for whale watching trips.

And thus it was that everyone got a free retry valid for the next two years.

 

And that's nice.

But storms ain't.

And A Storm Is Coming.

Tomorrow. And it's coming hard, and it will snow and sleet and rain.

So we pretty much have booked ourselves a day off.

You guys be careful out there, dress and drive accordingly.

If you really, really need to see a whale tomorrow to scratch that whale itch we all get from time to time, I would recommend the Whales of Iceland exhibition.

(http://whalesoficeland.is)

If you purchase a ticket with us you receive a ticket to them as well.

Safe and sheltered from winds and weather and you'll always find a whale there.

 

It's gonna be hot and cold and quick and calm in the weather for the next week so it's probably best that I say as little as possible about how it's going to turn out.

 

We will see what will be.

 

-JIB

 

22.02.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

We will feel some movements on the boat today so we provide complimentary seasick pills, ask at the office or our crew on the boat.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Way to cloudy to see any Northern Lights tonight

 

12:45 / 13:00

Oh look.

It's starting to snow again.

A bit at least.

 

It did as we headed out this afternoon, finally, after a couple of days of storms.

We were all terribly excited due to the first minke sighting of the year happening on Sunday.

So we headed out with the wind at our back, observing and gazing as we went along. 

A few fulmars and seagulls were seen out there. 

The swell and waves were a bit rough, but nothing too bad. A few white tops, so all in all not ideal spotting conditions. But we gave it our best.

 

But, despite the minkes being there, somewhere, none were found.

So returns and retries for everybody, valid for the next couple of years.

 

But the minkes are back now.  So any day now we are going to see them well, and then we will see them more, and then maybe a humpback, and then a few humpbacks.

It will be glorious.

 

We shall see what will be.

-JIB