DAILY DIARY

28.09.2016 - NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR ON AT 22:00

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

26.06.2016 - 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

25.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

09:00 - ON

13:00 - CANCELLED

Northern Lights:

22:00 -ON

24.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

09:00 - ON

13:00 - OFF

Northern Lights:

22:00 - CANCELLED

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23.09.2016 - 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

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Today we sailed out under, unusually clear skies.

They weren't fully clear, half clear maybe. But unusually clear none the less.

The wind was blowing moderately hard, not to rough. 

 

The creatures of the sea led us on a merry chase the whole day.

On the morning tour we headed north, where we came across a sizeable pod of 6-8 white-beaked dolphins, who bounced happily around us.

They even rode the bow for quite a while, and the two calfs were going wild breaching repeatedly.

 

On our second trip we went south, where we had to search for quite a while, before finding a young minke whale, who came up a couple of times, snout first, feeding from just beneath the surface. 

Not everybody saw that one though. They only surface for, maybe, a couple of seconds, so you do have to be quick to spot them. 

 

So we just went further north, because that one didn't want to be seen.

Nothing up north.

So we headed back.

But this is sometimes how it is when dealing with the wild forces of nature.

The majestic whales can be elusive and sometimes they seem to be ever out of reach, if only....

 

Wait a moment...

Ah.

There. Another minke.

Going much, much slower than the first one.

We get a few fine looks at that one.

So in the end, after that merry chase I mentioned at the start, we found a whale to look at.

 

Wasn't that a thrilling ride, dear readers ?

 

Now, for the coming days, the weather forecast promises us rather strong northeastern winds and a bit of rain.

Still, not to bad for whale watching. A lot better than western winds anyway (that's when you get a lot of swell).

The aurora forecast is looking really cloudy for tomorrow, with moderate activity.

Not to cloudy on Sunday, but only low activity.

 

We'll see how it goes.

 

-JIB 

 

 

 

Northern Lights tour tonight 22/9 -CANCELLED

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W021°59’3077”

We are not sailing out tonight at 22:00 for Northern Lights Tour. Due to weather conditions there is really poor chance to see any spectacular aurora show.

22.09.2016 - 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

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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

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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