DAILY DIARY

19.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale watching:

09:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

22:00 - ON

18.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

09:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

22:00 - cancelled

 

Rough waters out on the bay today. Southern winds and a western leftover swell from yesterday.

Partly cloudy when we head out, but becomes more heavily overcast as the day goes on.

 

There is not a lot going on out in the bay these days.

Hardly any birds in sight, a few gannetts here and there. Fulmars flying by.

A few minkes stick their head out for a second and then they are gone.

Classic minkes.

But no good looks. So this trip doesn't live up to our standards.

So everyone gets to try again.

 

The forecast for the coming days is primarily eastern winds, and we always have better conditions when the wind is coming from there.

The sea gets colder and the little fishies (hopefully the herring soon) will find their way in here.

 

The future looks bright.

 

-JIB

17.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

09:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

22:00 - ON

 

 

09:00

Southeastern winds chased us out of the harbor this morning.

A bit of a swell and some rain. 

Clouds covering every inch of sky, looking so thick you could probably cut them into blocks and build a really soft house.

 

Hardly a bird in sight, and as we all know, no birds means no fish. No fish, no whales

Some of our fellow whale watchers locate dolphins up ahead, everyone checks them out for a while.

They give us a bit of a chase. Just a couple of white-beaked dolphins in hurry to get somewhere.

 

And then we make our way north.

And nothing there, then a bit more nothing, It's going to be one of those whale-free days isn't it.....

But no !

A large minke crosses our path two hundred meters ahead, and then she just keeps reappearing.

You see, there is this thing I refer to as "the minke problem."

That's when a minke appears once and then she is gone with the wind.

This one did not suffer from that.

 

She just kept popping up, all over the place. changing direction, feeding from just beneath the surface.

Some northern gannets joined in on the hunt, diving gracefully around the minkes.

 

Minkes ? Oh. Yeah. Suddenly they were two. TWO minke whales.

Seeing how anti-social minkes can be, that's one more than usually.

And seeing how fast and elusive they can be, it's almost two more than usually.

Why, I do believe I can write this tour down as a success.

 

13:00

And out we go again.

The weather is acting up again. More waves, more swell.

Way more white tops. Harder conditions overall.

We'll see how it goes.

 

It goes on and on.

But we still drive on. And in the end we are rewarded for our efforts.

Not very well, but still. 

We find minke whales to the north. A whole lot of them actually, at least three or four.

But as ever, the minkes remain elusive and hard to see.

One does come up right next to us at one point, but it comes up when everyone is on the otherside, like minkes like to do.

We see them a few more times, they go as fast as they come.

It's fun, but not really living up to our standards. So in the end we just write this down as a return trip, so everyone can try again.

A fine day then, some folks saw a whale, others get another fun trip.

 

 

-JIB

16.06.2019 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

22:00 - cancelled

15.09.2016 - WHALE WHATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

 

Whale watching:

09:00 - CANCELLED

13:00 - ON

 

Northern Lights

22:00 - cancelled

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

 

Things did not look good this morning.

Really strong winds from the east. Rain.

Nobody went out.

It really did not look good..

 

But then the rain and the wind stopped.

And out we went.

And even though there wasn't much out in the bay today we still found some white-beaked dolphins.

 

The weather could be hit or miss for the coming days so do check the weather forecast regularly.

 

-JIB 

14.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching

09:00 - CANCELLED

13:00 - CANCELLED

17:00 - CANCELLED

Northern lights

22:00 - CANCELLED

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

13.09.2016 WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

09.00 - OFF

13:00 - ON

17:00 - OFF

Northern Lights

22:00 - ON

12.09.16 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching

9:00 - OFF

13:00 - OFF

17:00 - OFF

Northern Lights

22:00 - OFF

 

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

11.09.16 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

Northern Lights

22:00 - OFF

10.09.16 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching

9:00 - ON

13:00- ON

17:00 - ON

Northern Lights

22:00 - OFF 

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

09.09.16 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

13:00 - ON

17:00 - OFF

08.09.16 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

 

It is fun to go out to sea.

Even when the weather is working against you and there is not a whale in sight.

 

Northern winds.

The bay was barren as the day started out.

We searched through the north of it.

And we searched through the center.

And a bit to the south.

There was not a whale in sight.

 

But on our last tour, we aimed to try something different.

As I mentioned a few days ago, we had heard of humpbacks far to the south.

So the captain devises a plan. A simple plan, the best kind of plan.

"We set sail to south, we push the engines as hard as they can handle, and we won't stop until we find a whale. We can sail for two hours until we have to turn back. 

We are going to find a whale."

 

And we set sail, full power to the south.

And after about thiry minutes we find about three minkes, pretty much right away.

 

Minkes are still a fun bit of challenge at the best of times.

And those minkes were not going to show themselves just like that though.

But we chased them around for a bit, got some good looks.

The wind started dying down.

We saw some porpoise calves. A bit more minke.

 

It's incredible how quickly a day can go from good to bad, but it's astounding how easily a day can go from bad to good.

 

Yet another fun trip with Reykjavík Sailors.

Because it's always fun to go out to sea. 

 

-JIB

 

07.09.16 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

 

A little bit of wind blowing at us from the southeast.

Some rain, some shine.

Lots of weather today.

Heavy clouds for the most part, we did get some nice sun and rainbows at the end of the day though.

 

Decently sized groups of dolphins, about 10-15 with some calves among them, gave us fine shows, the little ones jumping and splashing about.

And for animals like that, playing is learning. So a lot of things were learned apparently because they just kept going and going.

 

The minkes were up their old tricks, appearing for a second, just long enough for our spotters to see them and for us to stop the boat.

And then not appearing again.

For the most part.

We did manage to see a couple of them, well, on our last tour.

You little naughty, trickster, minkies you. Thought you could play hard to get all day.

But we found you.

 

Some winds and a bit of rain is predicted for the coming days, as usual for this time of year.

Still warm though. Winter ain't here yet.

 

-JIB

06.09.16 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS -09:00 - 13:00 - ON

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

When I said the weather looked decent, I may have been being a bit too optimistic.

 

Some winds greeted us in the morning and kept up through out the day.

The minkes were way too shy to get a good look at to begin with.

But we outsmarted them in the end and got some decent looks at them.

 

Winds coming in from the southeast tomorrow, hopefully not to bad.

We shall see.

 

-JIB

 

“Is it not curious, that so vast a being as the whale should see the world through so small an eye, and hear the thunder through an ear which is smaller than a hare's?" 

-Herman Melville 

 

 

 

 

 

This was taken on the 25th of August by Live Marx.

There we can see a couple of white-beaked dolphins swimming by.

And a few more. A really good look at them.

And another of our regulars, a minke whale. Notice the little notch near the base of the dorsal fin.

And then there was this guy....

He's not a regular. He's a baskin shark.

 

Great thanks to Live Marx.

05.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING YOURS -09:00 - 13:00

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Today was a day of highs and lows.

 

It started out with low winds, and a low volume of whale sightings.

We did see a couple of minkes, they were really skittish and a bit ways off.

And further out we saw about four dolphins, they were nice but terribly hard to get a good look at.

 

As the day went on the wind started picking up a bit.

Not too bad though, a bit rough, a few white tops.

 

But on our midday tour we were in for a treat.

We see a minke whale, which isn't that much of an achievement in itself, but then we see another one right next to it.

Two minkes. Very nice.

 

And one of them comes real close.

Checked us out, and another whale watching boat just beside us.

Some great pictures were taken.

All in all a fine day.

 

The weather looks decent in the coming days and hopefully, the rumors and reports of humpbacks to the south of us will finally yield some sightings of them 

in the near future.

 

-JIB

04.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

03.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

 

Today we saw two pods of white beaked dolphins in the morning one of 4-6 individuals and later a family pod with juveniles. In the morning tour there were plenty of fish and plunging birds and we encountered a group of 2-3 minke whales.

- JHF

02.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

01.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

9:00 - ON

31.08.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

09:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:30 -ON