DAILY DIARY

09.02.2017 - 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 ocean today but we provide complimentary sea sick pills, just ask at our office or on the boat.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Good forecast for tonight :)

 

12:45 / 13:00

After three days in a row of gale winds over the SW coasts of Iceland we finally got the opportunity to sail. It has been overcast all day but the conditions today were very good, a mild breeze from the SE and no hang over from the storms i.e., not many waves. We set out sailing toward the feeding area out in the SW of the Faxa bay, but just 1/2 an hour out a small group of white-beaked dolphins were spotted and in no time all three whale watching boats were up on them.

We spent a while with that small group of males that were very busy feeding, as they were taking repeated dives until we decided to let them feed in peace. At one point we got very close to them and some passengers took very good pictures and videos. 

JFT.

08.02.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

Due to extreme weather conditions we are forced to cancel.

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

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Strong gale and to much clouds tonight 

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

07.02.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

Stormy conditions so we are not sailing out today.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Tonights forcast isn't looking good for northern lights. Clouds all over the skies.

 

06.02.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

There is to much wind today so we will stay on land for now.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF BY BOAT, ON BY BUS

It is to windy to go out to see the Northern Lights on boat, but our friends at happy tour are glad to welcome you on their bus.
It is a nice aurora forcast for this night.

 

05.02.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Beautiful weather today, sun and calm wind :)

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Beautiful sunny day and beautiful night, one of the best days during this winter :)

 

12:45/13:00

Today was a very fine day.

The sun was shining as we went out today. The weather was impeccable, not a single white top to be seen.

The view was fantastic out there and the sea was so incredibly calm.

And just 15 minutes outside of the harbor limits we started seeing our first white-beaked dolphins of the day.

And then we were seeing dolphins for pretty much the rest of tour.

They looked to be going after fish for quite some time, swimming around, jumping.

Some swam under the boat.

At one time we found a pod of about 20 dolphins as well.

Today kind of reminded me of things were here in summer.

A lot of birds out there as well. Fulmars and gannets.

Lots of fish seen on our echo sounder as well.

So anytime now the bay will fill up with life.

So what did today bring us ?

The nicest weather we have had since August. Check

Hardly any swell. Check.

A whole bunch of dolphins. Check.

04.02.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Might feel some movements on the boat because of the wind.

We provide complimentary sea sick pills, just ask at our office or on the boat.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Clouds, clouds, clouds .....only clouds tonight :(

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

13:00


The sun shone for a bit today. 

We had that going for us, which was nice.

 

The sea in general was not too rough, but it did roughen up a bit the further out we got.

The wind was rather cold, coming from the northeast, but well within manageable levels.

Once again: A bunch of birds, the view was nice, but we didn't spot any whales, nor dolphins.

So everyone gets to come back anytime within the next two years to try again.

 

But with the ever present fulmars and gannets out there, the fish in the bay are going to be coming into the bay in force.

And whales shall follow.

We will see what the future holds.

 

-JIB

03.02.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Might be a little bit rough on the ocean today but we provide complimentary sea sick pills, just 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 contact us at info@ReykjavikSailors.is

12:45 and 21:00

 

Strong winds blowing from the northeast as we headed out this afternoon under cloudy skies.

We sailed north towards Hvalfjörð, just looking around trying to see if anything could be spotted in the rough waters.

And all of a sudden white-beaked dolphins !!!

Coming at us from the northeast and coming in fast.... Vrooom. Under the 

And they are gone. Just like that. Went as fast as they came.

We searched for them for a bit, but to no avail.

So we head further north and see nothing there. And finally we have to turn around.

And heading back we see our dear dolphins again !

And now we get really good looks at them. There seemed to be at least 4 of them out there.

They showed themselves quite well and swam under the boat again.

Seeing them just under the surface is always fun.

So today was a fine tour.

But let me tell you about .....

------

..... yesterday evening.

The forecast looked decent. Not great.

The skies were clear as we headed out. A bit of movement in the bay, kind of unusual. but not terrible.

The clouds were looming around us the whole time, threatening to blow over and engulf the sky.

And then they didn't.

And we start seeing a good strong arc of auroras to the north. And a few wisps here and there.

And the get a bit stronger. And start to move a bit.

And then.... they turned SPECTACULAR !

They covered the sky, the turned purple, they danced from one end to the other and they just kept going.

It was great. Everyone was happy and joy was spread far and wide.

Good times.

 

02.02.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

The weather is nice to day, cold and a calm wind blowing from the west.
If you are sensitive to motion sickness we provide motionsickness tablets free of charge, just ask for them at the office or on the boat.

To book a trip contact info@reykjaviksailors.is or book it on our website.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Forcast is looking good so we will sail out to night.

To book a trip contact info@reykjaviksailors.is or book it on our website.

13:00 and 21:00

Today we went out against a calm wind coming in from the west.

The sky was blue, the sun was shining and the grass was a pale shade of yellowish brown. 

Conditions for spotting were quite good, the weather was about as nice as you can get here in February.

A bit cold though, mostly due to wind chill.

We did see a lot of birds, fulmars mostly, so there is some life out there in the bay.

An ever increasing amount of life out there.

But even though we went out as far as we could, no whales were seen today.

So everybody gets to come back anytime they want in the next two years.

.....

But let me tell you about yesterday evening.  Yesterday evening was great ! 

We went out as quick as we could and that sure paid off.

A grand spiralling bloom of beautiful green Auroras covered the night sky as we headed out.

It didn't stay with us for very long but it was wonderful while it lasted.

It remained for a good while after, glowing faintly in the air and even got stronger again for a few moments.

A very nice night that was.

 

1.2.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Today is raining and a little wind.
If you are sensitive to motionsickness, we provide complimentary sea sick pills, just ask at our office or on the boat.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Nice forcast for tonight. 

13:00 

A calm day on the bay.

An easy breeze blew at our backs as we headed out to our usual spotting grounds and the sun even shone on us for a while.

We spotted a couple of harbour porpoises on the way out. We didn't get any good looks at them, which is quite usual for porpoises, shy little things. 

We were seeing quite a lot of birds out there, northern gannets, cormorants, and of course our ever present fulmars. So that means more fish in the bay, and that in turn means more whales in the bay.

Still, we only saw a few more porpoises as we headed back in.

So we gave everyone a free return, valid for the next two years. 

31.01.2017 - 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 today but we provide complimentary sea sick pills, just ask at our office or on the boat.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

It will be great night - high activity and no clouds :)

12:45

Today we set course west, towards the usual feeding whale/dolphin grounds, it is an area surrounding an underwater lava field called Syðra-Hraun. The area is usually teeming with fish when the conditions are right.On arrival we encountered plenty of birds from gillemots, kitty wake seagulls and especially gannets plunge feeding in large numbers. We thought that may be the whales like minke whales or Humpback whales are entering the bay today, but we found none. 

 

On our way back, when we were just half an our form harbor we encountered a nice family pod  of white-beaked dolphins, numbering perhaps a dozen. We approached them and some became rather playful and even bow rode our bout. 

These days we are seeing an increase in activity on the bay, more fith under the surface and more birds it is only a matter of when the whales begin to arrive in large numbers after the breeding season is over.

 

Thanks, Jorge.

30.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Might be rough on the ocean today but we provide complimentary sea sick pills, just ask at our office or on the boat.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Too many clouds expected tonight

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

29.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

We are going out today. It is cold but we provide you warm overalls free of charge and we have nice warm drinks on the bar.

To book please contact info@reykjaviksailors.is or on our website.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Good forcast for tonight, so lets try our luck!

To book please contact info@reykjaviksailors.is or on our website.

 

28.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Cold outside but it is going to be a sunny day.

To book please contact info@reykjaviksailors.is or on our website.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

The forcast is good for tonight so we are going out!

To book please contact info@reykjaviksailors.is or on our website.

 

21:00

We went out and were pretty sure that tonight we would see the Northern Lights and we did.
This time they didn’t tease us or made us wait, they were strong and beautiful the whole time we were out on the sea. They changed and danced for us and gave us plenty of time to photograph them and enjoy their dance on the sky.

Also thank you Brian for sharing this wonderful photo of the Northern Lights.
Photo was taken the 27.01.17

-Jorge

27.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Today is a bit cold and some wind, but it is nice weather. 

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Another night with a good forcast for northern lights!

12:45

When we left the harbour today it was strong breeze from north-east and bit cold, but the sailing was comfortable.
After sailing for a while we encountered plenty of bird spread over large area. 
What was most important is that many of these birds were northern garnet. This bird is often associated with whales and dolphins and is very reassuring to finally see the come into the bay in numbers. We are waiting for capelin a small fish gathers in large number this time of year to spawn, that means it is possible that humpback whales will be showing up in the bay soon.
Just yesterday there were group of dolphins but we didn't find them today but stay put there is a lot of life coming in the bay and the situation is changing for the better, especially if the humpback whales follow the capelin.

-Jorge

 

21:00

Tonight we went out and hoped we would see some great lights. After short time we started to see a little glimpse of green hue on the sky and thought this can’t be it. Luckily we were right this time, the sky decided to tease us before showing us the lights.
They were beautiful this evening and we had a lot of fun showing the to our passengers.

-Jorge

26.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

It is going to be nice day for a whale watching, calm wind and sun......finally sunny day :)

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

Good forecast for tonight....... waited a long time for such a night:)

 

 

 

12:45

A fine day today.

Went out with eastern winds at our back. Rather strong but nothing to bad, the sea doesn't get to rough here with the eastern winds.

The view was quite nice, pretty decent conditions.

And within half an hour we found a ton of white-beaked dolphins.

They were all over the place and quite playful.

Showed themselves nicely and a whole lot of them, probably 20, or more.

This ever increasing number of dolphins in the bay is most promising, we are also seeing a lot of birds and more fish, so I am hoping we'll have something bigger to talk about soon.

 

The weather looks alright for the next few days, quite cold though.

Hopefully we'll get some more creatures into the bay, even though dolphins are always quite nice.

We will see what the future holds.

-JIB

 

25.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Might be a little bit rough on the ocean today but we provide complimentary sea sick pills, just ask at our office or on the boat.

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Still waiting for a clear sky :((

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

 

12:45

A calm wind followed us out west as we headed on our whale search today.

The seas were calm for the first half of the trip and then they got rougher the further out we went.

Nothing to bad though.

We saw a whole bunch of birds, and quite a lot of fish on our echosounder, but no whales.

Or dolphins.

But the scenery was nice and the water was calmer than it has been in a while.

Spring is just around the corner, so things will start to look up again :)

24.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

It is a bit windy, but it is supposed to get calmer later, so there might be some movement on the boat.
We do provide motionsickness tablets and warm overalls free of charge, just ask for them if you think you want one.

To schedule please contact info@reykjaviksailors.is or book online.

 

Northern Lights: 

21:00 - OFF

Cloud cover all over Faxafloabay and Reykjavik so there will be no northern lights tour tonight.

 

23.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

Since it is raining and windy, we are forced to cancel the whale watching tour today. 
In these condition it is harder to spot a whale and movements on the boat to much.

For reschedule or a refund please contact info@reykjaviksailors.is 

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Still clouds over Faxafloa bay.

 

22.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - ON

Calm wind so we might feel some movements on the boat today.

We provide complimentary sea sick pills, just ask in our office or on the boat.

 

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Another evening with fully clouded sky :(

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

 

12:45

Today we had a respite in the weather there were some waves from yesterday's stormy weather but the wind conditions were calm. After about an hour, sailing west from Reykjavík, we encountered a small group of white beaked dolphins. They stayed nearby, for a good one-hour, taking dives repeatedly in a small area. They seemed to be taking dives near the bottom chasing some demersal fish in the area. This activity allowed us to stay with them for an extended time period without affecting their activities and gave us a chance to take a good look.  

Sincerely, Jorge

21.01.2017 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

12:45 - OFF

Once again too windy to sail, so for sure it will not be a pleasure to be on the ocean at this conditions

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

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Clouds this are the only sightings expected tonight :(

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