DAILY DIARY

17.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON - 

Notice that the sea might be rough today.

We provide free seasickness pills, just ask for them at the office or on the boat.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF- Rainy weather and cloudy skies.


If any questions please contact us at info@ReykjavikSailors.is

16.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF due to strong wind

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF - Cloudy skies tonight 


If any questions please contact us at info@ReykjavikSailors.is

15.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF due to strong wind

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

 

14.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF - Due to weather

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF  

 

13.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

12.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

11.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

10.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

 

All right.

Last night we sailed out. We were going to go find Northern Lights.

We didn't find them. They found us.

 

Even before we were able to release from dock they were going crazy.

But we made our way out into the dark waters, under a waxing gibbous moon, and a beautiful dancing ribbon of northern lights stretching from southwest to northeast.

They formed an impressive spiral for a long while until they calmed down a bit, but we could still see them.

Sometimes behind clouds, sometimes pale.

But always there.

 

Today we went out in pretty nice weather, saw some pretty nice scenery, and looked for some pretty nice whales.

We only glimpsed a white-beaked dolphin for a moment. Straight under us.

But he disappeared as fast as he came.

Still, two out of three.

 

Large flocks of seagulls were seen to the north.

Some fish was seen on the echolocator.

Hoping for more life in the bay soon. It's getting better.

 

But all our passangers get to try again, anytime in the next two years.

And we shall wait patiently too see what the future holds....

9.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

 

8.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

 

7.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

 

We got some photos from our passenger.

Thank you Ryan, for sharing your photos with us.

 

Out we go again.

Rain and clouds all around,  the wind is blowing calmly from the north east.

The view is nice. We can see Snæfellsnes to the north of us, covered in low hanging clouds.

To the south of us we see nothing.

Reykjavík and Reykjanes are shrouded in rain.

We head out and back again.

Our echosounder sees a little bit of life in the sea.

But as we turn back, we hear reports of dolphins close to the coast.

So we step on it, full throttle. You do have to go fast if a pod of dolphins are seen, as they can disappear quite quickly.

It takes a moment to get to the area. And it takes a while to find them.

But we do find them. Hiding in the rainy mist.

A pod of 6, or more, white-beaked dolphins, a few calfs among them.

Bouncing merrily in the waves. We get a few good looks at them, they even go under the boat.

All in all, a fine calm tour.

 

The next few days are looking okay.

More eastern winds are expected, should be quite managable.

And as winter moves in, hopefully soon, we should have a few more calm days ahead of us

So the future looks bright.

 

6.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

5.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Northern lights:

21:00 - ON

 

4.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Northern lights:

21:00 - OFF

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3.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

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

2.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

 

WE FOUND DOLPHINS !!!

 

Well, they say you should start at the beginning, I didn't.

I started at the end there.

 

We had been sailing around for a good two hours when we did.

Were making our way back, when we found a pod of 4-5 white-beaked dolphins.

They jumped a bit, swam under the boat.

They were a ray of sunshine on this otherwise cloudy day.

 

The waters were not to gentle with us today though.

Some "green faces" as some of my colleagues are fond of saying, I heard at least on two separate occasions "I've been on much rougher waters than this, and I've never been sick."

 

Well, we had strong southern winds today, and a bit of leftover swell coming in from the west.

So, while not being rough, the waters were very uncomfortable to be out in.

That, is why you got seasick for the first time ever my dears. :)

 

So I am doubly happy that we managed to find those few dolphins

Now, for the Saturday it does look a bit like more of the same.

But then it should start to die down a bit, and a more easterly wind direction should be prevalent for the coming week.

 

And since I am talking about the weather, what in the name of Ægir is up with this winter ?

As in, where is it ?

A lot of people say, "Global warming is a hoax".

To that I say, 22 years ago, a 6 year old me dug what I called a truck trap.

It was dug into the side of a snowbank, about as high as 6 year old me. 

My intention was to make snowhouse, but as I sat looking through my living room window, watching my uncle try to get his Toyota Hilux (on 38" tires) out of the hole I had made, I thought "Way more fun like this."

There is no snow there at all today.

So what I am saying is, we should have a winter these days, we don't.

 

Anyhow, we shall see what the future holds.

JIB

 

1.12.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

30.11.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

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

 

Finally we were blessed with decent weather again.

We went out, a little bit of leftover swell from days past (there was a lot to be leftover, those were some intense days) but the weather was very calm.

Visibility was not good though, and to be honest, at times it was awful.

 

Still cool to see.

Thick walls of fog closing in on all sides.

Always feeling like something is lurking, just out of sight.

The fear.....

 

The only thing lurking anywhere today were harbor porpoises though.

They are usually about the size of an eleven year old.

Not ideal candidates for spooky fog monsters.

They did keep disappearing every time we saw them.

Which is a very good trait for horrible monsters, quite unfortunate for whale watching trips though.

So everyone gets to try again, anytime in the next two years.

 

Still, a nice ride through some scenic fog (as scenic as fog gets) in decent weather.

I'd be up for that any day.

 

The capelin is going to show up sooner or later, and something grand will follow.

I am sure of it.

 

We shall see. 

 -JIB

29.11.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

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

28.11.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF