DAILY DIARY

15.06.2017 - 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 sailed out into Faxaflói Bay this morning with some lightly cloudy skies and only a gentle breeze - nice conditions for whale watching. After just over an hour of sailing we spotted some seabirds flocking and headed closer to investigate. These groups of seabirds are very helpful to us - they are a signal that there is fish near the surface of the water, most likely there because they have been chased by either whales, dolphins or porpoises. 

We spotted at least two minke whales amongst the birds but they didn't stick around long so we only saw them once. We kept driving, and spotted a couple more of these elusive minke whales, but again we did not see them very close to the boat. 

We decided to change direction and head a bit further north in the bay, and encountered yet another group of at least 3, possibly 4, minke whales and this time they came much closer to the boat, and everyone on board got a great view of these whales! 

As we headed back towards Reykjavik we also sailed past a small group of harbour porpoises that were swimming through the water in the direction of those minke whales we had just seen - I reckon they were planning to get in on the action and get a share of the fish too! 

 

12:45

The sea was still nice and calm for us on our afternoon tour, which made it a lovely smooth ride out into the bay. Once we reached some deeper water, we were surprised by a minke whale surfacing very close to the boat, it must have been only around 50m away. We saw this whale two more times before it took a deeper dive. We then encountered a group of porpoises feeding alongside another minke. We only saw this individual two times before again taking a deeper dive. It can be difficult to predict when and where these whales will resurface again after a deep dive as these dives can sometimes last up to 20 minutes. 

So we carried on further out into the bay, passing by some more harbour porpoises and spotting another elusive "sneaky minke" before getting a lovely surprise encounter with a small group of 3 white-beaked dolphins! They swam steadily along in front of our boat for a good 5 minutes before changing course and heading further out to sea. Unfortunately we were running out of time so we then had to start heading back to the city, but it was a nice way to end the trip! 3 out of the 4 commonly seen species in one trip - not bad! 

 

17:00 - Creatures of the Sea 

We also had a very successful Creatures of the Sea tour today, with our customers (who seemed to be secret expert fishermen/women) catching 12 big cod for us to enjoy for dinner! We also found some very interesting things in our plow, including many starfish, sea urchins, some tiny little spider crabs, a hermit crab, a couple of whelks and many dead shells with barnacles and soft corals! And to top it all off we had a very close encounter with a minke whale - it swam so close to the boat that we could smell its (very fishy) breath! And then we spotted some white-beaked dolphins on our way back to Reykjavik. What a fantastic trip! 

-Astrid

               

14.06.2017 - 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 - ON

 

8:45

 

We had great conditions for whale spotting this morning - just a little overcast and calm seas. Not long after we reached the slightly deeper waters of Faxaflói Bay, we spotted a huge flock of birds circling and diving into the water. It was a bit of a feeding frenzy! Then we saw why - there was a minke whale in the middle of the group feeding on fish right at the surface of the water. We got an amazing view as it came to the surface with its mouth wide open, engulfing a huge mouthful of water and fish. We even got to see the baleen plates in its mouth as it fed! 

 

We then travelled a bit further out into the bay, spotting a group of harbour porpoises  close to the boat before encountering another big flock of birds. This time there were at least 3 minke whales in the area, and we got a good view of each of them at least once as they came to the surface for a breath. 

 

After this we decided to turn around and start driving back towards Reykjavik, because if we spot something close to the city we have much more time to spend with the whale(s). And we were in luck - a humpback whale was spotted close to the city! We saw its blow/spout from very far away, and as we approached we saw it dive 3 times, showing us its incredible tail flukes and coming closer to the boat with each dive. A great way to end the trip! 

 

12:45

 

After about 1 hour of sailing out of Reykjavik we encountered a lone minke whale feeding alongside a group of harbour porpoises. We stayed in the area for around 20 minutes and saw the minke several times as it swam past our boat with the porpoises, most likely searching for food. These two species share the same food source, including fish such as herring and sandeels, so they are often seen feeding together. 

 

We spotted two more minke whales during the trip, but they were not too interested in us, most likely they were hungry and too busy chasing fish to be bothered about us! So we only saw these individuals briefly as they continued on with their business. 

 

But all in all, it was quite a successful day out in the bay today! 

 

-Astrid

 

13.06.2017 - 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 - ...

Puffin:

15:00 - ...

17:00 - ....

19:00 - ....

 

12.06.2017 - 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 - ...

17:00 - ....

19:00 - ....

 

11.06.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - OFF

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF

Due to really bad weather conditions on the ocean we are forced to cancel Creatures of the sea tour.

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

Puffin:

15:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

19:00 - ON

 

8:45

Unfortunately, despite it being beautifully sunny and very calm weather in the harbour at Reykjavik, the wind was very strong out in Faxaflói Bay today. The waves and swell were therefore quite big making it extremely difficult conditions for spotting whales. On our morning whale watching tour we encountered several very large flocks of seabirds which usually indicates the presence of whales or dolphins, but even if they were there it was very hard for us to see them. We did very briefly glimpse a couple of minke whales after stopping near two of these flocks but each minke only surfaced once so we did not get to see them again. So unfortunately it was not one of our most successful whale watching trips. But our very understanding customers all received complimentary return tickets to come back and try again with some better weather. 

 

Sadly we also had to cancel today's Creatures of the Sea trip, as it is no fun fishing in huge waves! Sometimes we are just at the mercy of the Icelandic weather. 

 

Hopefully the weather improves for our trips tomorrow! 

 

-Astrid

10.06.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Sunny and calm day :) 

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF

Puffin:

15:00 - OFF

17:00 - ON

19:00 - ON

 

8:45 / 12:45

We had a fantastic start to our morning tour today - we had only been sailing out of Reykjavik for around 15 minutes when we spotted a pod of white beaked dolphins leaping through the water towards our boat. We kept our speed steady and they decided to come and swim along with us for a few minutes! We all got a really close view of them and even of a little baby that was part of the group! 

 

We then sailed further out into the bay in search of something bigger. Not long after we spotted a second group of white beaked dolphins who also came to check us out, and swam by the front of our boat for a few minutes! Just after the dolphins left we spotted at least 4 or 5 minke whales, and got a great close view of several of them. As we kept sailing out we kept encountering more and more minkes, as well as a huge group of harbour porpoises that had us surrounded at one point! So we had seen 3 of the 4 most common species in just one hour - perhaps a new record! 

 

We kept driving out into the bay in the hopes of spotting that elusive number 4, the humpback, but unfortunately we ran out of time and had to head back to Reykjavik. But still, 3 out of 4 species is pretty good for one tour! 

 

The wind had changed direction and picked up a little bit by our afternoon tour so there were quite a few little whitecaps out in the bay. This makes it a little harder to spot disturbances on the water surface caused by whales, dolphins or porpoises. However we spotted at least 3 minke whales around 1 hour from Reykjavik and got a really close view of one of them as it swam down the left (or port) side of our boat. 

 

We sailed for a bit further but didn't really spot anything else so decided to turn around and very slowly make our way back towards the city. This turned out to be a great decision as we heard the news that another boat had spotted not one but two humpback whales quite close to shore! They were a few miles away still but we sailed closer, and spotted a small group of harbour porpoises on the way. Once we arrived close to the humpbacks we got some good views of their blows (or spouts) as they exhaled, and saw their tail flukes well a few times as they dived down. A perfect way to end the tour and a great day of whale watching!

 

-Astrid 

09.06.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF

Puffin:

15:00 - OFF

17:00 - OFF

19:00 - OFF

 

12:45

A very successful whale watching tour!

 

It was lovely summer weather for our afternoon tour today, barely a single cloud in the sky! We sailed out of Reykjavik for around 1 hour before spotting several flocks of seabirds circling and diving into the water, which is always a promising sign. We stayed nearby these flocks for a few minutes and then sure enough, a minke whale surfaced right in front of us, closely followed by another! We saw this pair of minkes surface several times before swimming off, so everybody on board got a great view of these two whales.

 

We then kept driving and spotted at least 3 more minkes, before hearing that another boat had found a playful humpback whale a bit further south in the bay. We headed over there and sure enough this individual was being very curious, sticking its head out of the water (a behaviour called spy hopping) to have a look at the passengers on the boat, and diving back and forth underneath the boat. As we arrived, it just got even better as the humpback decided to come and investigate us too - we got an incredibly close view of it as it stayed right by our boat for at least 5 minutes. It was a simply amazing experience for everyone on board. If only this happened on every tour!

 

-Astrid

08.06.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - ...

Puffin:

15:00 - ...

17:00 - ...

19:00 - ...

 

8:45 / 12:45

This morning we left harbor with a moderate northerly breeze on the outflowing tide, much better conditions than yesterday. We set course towards the feeding grounds and soon we encountered large numbers of birds, auks (puffins and guillemots), seagulls, gannets and arctic terns. 

This Atlantic Puffin was shaking its wings after a feeding dive close to a minke whale

 

We knew then there must be minke whales too, not long it took until both porpoises and minke whales were seen.

This minke whale was seen very well by everyone onboard.

 

In the morning tour, we even saw minke whales in pairs surfacing in tandem and at times groups of four individuals, very good conditions indeed.

 

The pattern for the second tour was very similar to that in the morning we went straight to the feeding area west of Reykjavík and saw large groups of birds. After a short while, minke whales were seen spread over large areas. We approached them and got some close views as we had in the morning. 

 

One of the minke whales that were seen on the afternoon came so close we felt we could touch it.

 

After watching some minke whales for some time we detected the spout of a humpback whale and all the boats that had gathered in the area went after it to get a close view. However, this individual turned out to be very elusive and we only managed to get to see its spouting a few times and its back once, although at one point we saw it dive not far from us.

 

The only picture we managed of that elusive humpback that we had encountered today.

 

JHF

07.06.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - Cancelled due to weather condition

Puffin:

15:00 - ...

17:00 - ...

19:00 - ...

 

8:45 / 12:45

On this day we went out to sea twice with a strong northerly breeze blowing all day, these conditions made whale spotting rather hard. We set course along the northern shores initially to avoid the swell from the strong wind. Then we changed course west after forty minutes or so, after a while we began to notice more birds including diving birds and soon we detected the presence of harbor porpoises, good news since these efficient hunters are often first to get to fish to be joined by larger minke whales. 

 

Today minke whales were seen seldom and briefly, but we persisted searching for them and eventually approached an area where there was a large gathering of birds. We hoped to get a good view of the minke whales we had seen surfacing briefly, but to our surprise, we spotted the spout of a humpback whale. We saw the whale spout two or three times until it eventually took a deep dive and showed its fluke.

 

  

Sequence showing the humpback whale taking a deep dive about 300 m away from us.  

 

 Then we waited for long periods for the animal to surface again, it actually did surface a few times and spouted repeatedly, but we didn't get another chance to take good pictures again. Right, the last two days have been marked by cold northerly winds that cool the waters near the shore and drive the activity in the bay offshore. For the next days, these winds will cease to blow and better conditions will set in again for whale watching.

 

JHF

06.06.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN TOURS

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 / 12:45

It was quite windy today so the sea was pretty choppy, which makes it much harder to spot whales as every little wave looks a bit like a dorsal fin! So it was another game of hide and seek with the whales today.

On our morning tour we briefly spotted a group of white-beaked dolphins after around 1 hour of sailing but they didn't stick around for long - it seems they were very hungry and were too busy chasing fish! So unfortunately we only got a quick glimpse of them as they swam past the boat.

We then sailed a bit further out into the bay to see if we would have better luck out there. We spotted a few minke whales throughout the rest of the trip but we spotted them all just as they took a deeper dive, and as minke whales can dive for up to 20 minutes at a time it can be very hard to predict when and where they will resurface again. So we only really got a quick glimpse of each whale.

However, the weather had improved for our afternoon tour - the wind had dropped slightly and the sun came out for a bit which was nice! We were also a bit luckier with our sightings on this trip.

We sailed for around 1 hour before spotting a huge flock of birds, which is usually a good indicator that there is a lot of fish at the surface, and likely that there will be whales or dolphins in the area too. And sure enough we spotted a minke whale swimming at the centre of the flock. It surfaced a few times pretty close to the boat, giving our customers a good view of its back and its distinctive curved dorsal fin.

We then sailed a bit further and spotted some harbour porpoises and another couple of minke whales, one of which swam really close right in front of the boat!

Towards the end of the tour as we were running a bit low on time, we got the call from another boat that they had spotted a humpback whale so we headed over to have a quick look. We saw it twice as it surfaced and then took a deep dive, giving us a great view of its tail flukes. Unfortunately we did not have much time left and had to head back to Reykjavik shortly afterwards, but it was still a great sighting and a good way to end a successful trip!

Our evening Creatures of the Sea trip was also a huge success today. First of all we got a fascinating insight into what lives on the ocean floor around Reykjavik by using the plow. Among the species we collected were starfish, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, a variety of molluscs and one tiny little crab!

We then had a great time sea angling, and our customers caught several cod and haddock which we then barbecued and had for dinner. A delicious way to end the day, with fish straight from the ocean onto our plates!

-Astrid

05.06.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN TOURS

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 - ON

 

8:45 / 12:45

Finally, it seems the Icelandic summer has arrived! It was beautiful calm sunny weather out in the bay this morning. We had some great sightings too - it was just a perfect morning for whale watching.

On our morning tour we spotted a large group of seabirds feeding with a couple of minke whales about 1 hour from Reykjavik. We spent a while waiting for these elusive minke whales to come to the surface, but they seemed to be very busy chasing the fish so we only got a couple of quick glimpses of them as they surfaced to take a breath.

So we decided to carry on a bit further out, and keep looking, and it was definitely worth it - not long after we spotted a humpback whale feeding alongside a group of white-beaked dolphins! And it got even better as we then spotted two more minke whales as well! We were also lucky enough to see another group of dolphins jumping in the distance.

We spotted several harbour porpoises on our way back to Reykjavik too, so we saw all 4 of the most commonly seen species in the area all in one tour - just amazing!

The wind had picked up a bit by our afternoon tour so the sea was a bit more choppy than in the morning. This always makes spotting whales a bit more difficult. It seemed as though the whales we saw this morning had moved on, possibly out of the bay, as we hadn't spotted anything other than a few porpoises for the first hour or so. But then our patience paid off as we got the call that another boat had spotted not one but two humpback whales!

We were able to follow this pair for around an hour as they swam surprisingly close to shore, back towards the city. They surprised us a few times by diving and then resurfacing somewhere unexpected, a couple of times right by our boat. It was amazing to see them so close to the shore, and it meant we were able to spend longer with them which was great.

Sadly we then ran out of time and had to head back to Reykjavik, but it was a great end to the trip, and to a fantastic day of whale watching

 

-Astrid

04.06.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN TOURS

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 / 12:45

A very complete weekend

 

This weekend has been very good out there in the Faxa bay with plenty of plankton arriving with the southwesterly warm currents sandeels had abundant food.This resulted in a marked peak in the abundance and diversity of birds and cetaceans feeding on sadneels that were concentrated on the regular feeding grounds. We saw minke whales, sometimes in large numbers, feeding in the company of harbor porpoises and white-beaked dolphins. Then from tour to tour a humpback whale's spout was seen and all the boats rushed to get a close view. This weekend we managed to get some impressive pictures, please see https://www.reykjaviksailors.is/news. On our sea creatures tours in the evenings, we encountered the peaks in activity that take place because reduced light levels encourage zooplankton to come closer to the surface to graze on phytoplankton.

 

 

  

Minke whales were seen in numbers similar to these of last year's season.

  White-beaked dolphins made regular incursions into the bay and often family pods with calfs.

 

  

Finally, we had the privilege to come quite close to humpback whales on several occasions.  

 

-JHF

03.06.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN TOURS

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

 

02.06.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF

Puffin: ON

15:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

19:00 - ON

 

8:45 / 12:45

We had perfect conditions for whale watching today, barely any wind and beautifully calm water, and we were not disappointed with sightings! It was like "minke whale soup" out in Faxaflói Bay - we lost count of how many we spotted on our tours today. There appeared to be a huge amount of fish in the bay which attracted several individuals to be feeding close together at the same time. Minke whales are generally solitary animals but when the feeding opportunities are this good it brings them in from far and wide!

On both our morning and afternoon tours we also spotted large groups of harbour porpoises and were treated to several close encounters with a playful pod of white-beaked dolphins. We also saw hundreds of seabirds including puffins, northern gannets and arctic terns, joining in the feeding frenzy. It is just wonderful to see so much life out here in the bay. '

-Astrid

01.06.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

12:45 - ON

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - OFF

Puffin:

15:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

19:00 - ON

 

31.05.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN TOURS

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 / 12:45 

 

 

Another perfect whale watching tour!

Fantastic conditions for whale watching today, we left harbor on the incoming phase of the tide and expected to encounter plenty of sandeels in large shoals today. We weren't disappointed, as soon as we left harbor we encountered white-beaked dolphins, porpoises and minke whales by the shallow areas off Reykjavík. 

 

On our way back we found a huge shoal of fish and expected some whales nearby because we saw many porpoises around. Then, a pair of minke whales just showed up right in front oi the boat, just perfect for some closeup pictures.

On the second tour, we encountered similar conditions, except that by then we were on high tide. Close to the area we had visited in the morning we found again minke whales, but to our surprise, there was also a humpback whale. 

When we had watched that individual long enough we set course northwest to encounter more minke whales and porpoises feeding on large shoals of sand eels. Today's best pictures were the fluke of the humpback we encountered and a nice close up of a white-beaked-dolphin.

- JHF

30.05.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - OFF

12:45 - ON

 

 

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - ....

Puffin:

15:00 - ...

17:00 - ...

19:00 - ...

 

12:45

After yesterday's stormy conditions we were glad to have much calmer weather out at sea today. We did not go out this morning but waited until our 12:45 tour to be sure the weather had improved. It was still a little grey and rainy, but the wind had dropped a lot, and the whales don't mind the rain so neither do we! And we were nicely rewarded for putting up with the Icelandic weather, as we had a brilliant day of minke whale sightings - we must have spotted at least 10 throughout the tour with several very close to the boat. Most of these whales came up to the surface more than once, giving our customers a great opportunity to see these whales up close. We also spotted a couple of groups of harbour porpoises on our way out from Reykjavik, so despite the weather it was a successful tour today! 

 

-Astrid

29.05.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

8:45 - ON

12:45 - OFF

 

 

Creatures of the sea:

17:00 - ....

Puffin:

15:00 - ...

17:00 - ...

19:00 - ...

 

12:45

28.05.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN TOURS

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 - ON

 

8:45 / 12:45

It was a day of very "Icelandic" weather today - on this morning's tour it was a little bit grey and rainy but by the afternoon the sun came out and we had some lovely blue sky! 

 

On our morning tour we had a nice close sighting of a big minke whale, followed by a group of white-beaked dolphins coming to investigate our boat. They swam along with us for a few minutes and we all got a great view of them through the water as they swam by us.

 

This afternoon we encountered another group of white-beaked dolphins, who seemed to be in a playful mood as they were jumping and spinning through the water! It was really fun to watch them. We saw a lot of seabirds in the area, including some gannets diving into the water, possibly taking advantage of the fish being driven to the surface by the dolphins. We also briefly spotted a few harbour porpoises, but the minke and humpback whales were playing hide-and-seek with us today, and unfortunately they won! Sadly we can never guarantee sightings as these are all wild animals, but hopefully we have some better luck tomorrow. 

 

-Astrid

 

27.05.2017 - WHALE WATCHING & CREATURES OF THE SEA & PUFFIN TOURS

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 - OFF

17:00 - OFF

19:00 - OFF

 

8:45 / 12:45

 

It was beautifully calm weather out in the bay today, which provided us with another brilliant day of sightings. 

 

We had barely left Reykjavik Harbour on our morning tour before we spotted a small group of white-beaked dolphins which we followed for a while, and got some great close up views of them. Not long afterwards we encountered several minke whales, still quite close to shore. Since we did not need to travel far to find these whales, we had lots of time to spend watching them, waiting to see where they would surface again next. Then we took the scenic route back along the northern coast of the bay, making our way slowly back to Reykjavik with a lovely view of the city. 

 

On this afternoon's tour we were treated to yet another spectacular humpback show! This humpback that we encountered displayed a huge variety of behaviours which were very exciting to watch, from tail slapping to lunging, to the incredible breaching behaviour that just never gets old! This whale really put on a show for us today - we have a great video showing the breaching on our Facebook page. We also spotted a group of harbour porpoises and a couple of minke whales all feeding together. It was just a perfect day for whale watching! 

 

-Astrid