DAILY DIARY

01.11.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

 

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31.10.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

 

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After a couple of days of storms, we headed out again.

Quite a bit of leftover swell out in the bay but the wind didn't treat us too harshly.

Still a bit of seasickness, nothing spectacular though.

 

Didn't see a lot of birds or many signs of fish. But that may change at anytime.

We did manage to spot a few white-beaked dolphins towards the end of our second tour, but only for a moment and not everyone saw them. So everyone gets a free retry within the next two years.

Who know what the future holds.

 

-JIB

30.10.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - OFF

13:00 - OFF

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

 

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29.10.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

9:00 - OFF

13:00 - OFF

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

 

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28.10.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

09:00 - OFF

13:00 - OFF

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

 

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27.10.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

09:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

 

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26.10.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

09:00 - OFF

13:00 - OFF

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

 

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25.10.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

09:00 - OFF

13:00 - OFF

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

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24.10.2016 WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

09:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

23.10.2016 WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

09:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

 
There was a boat. A boat on the sea.
And do you know what the boat did see ?
Nothing in fact, saying truthfully
 
Nothing in fact,
still staying from lies.
Nothing in fact, because boats don't have eyes.
 
They have radar, and sonar, and all sorts of stuff.
GPS maps... But that ain't enough.
To actually see and find something new,
a boat needs some people, herein called "a crew."
 
Now a crew can work fine to find things at see.
But ours has a fixed set of eyes, in fact, only three.
To locate strange things, whales, windmills and spies.
You sometimes need extra pair of trained eyes.
 
And one of our flock, of the passenger pack,
said as he pointed "Is that a humpback ?"
As our guide went to answer, the whale made a spout.
And the guide bellowed "Hell YESS!!" with a great shout.
 
That was me, since I am still telling you true.
I know I should not swear, but the humpbacks were two.
Two fancy humpbacks, one big and one small.
Two weeks, I did not see humpbacks at all.
 
They swam there happy, and lazy, about.
And on our second trip, they'd gone really far out.
We found them though, and in the common vernacular,
the best way to describe today, would be: spectacular.
 
-JIB
 

22.10.2016 WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

09:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

 

21.10.2016 WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale Watching:

09:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

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20.10.2016 WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale watching:

9:00 - OFF

13:00 - OFF

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

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19.10.2016 WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale watching:

9:00 - OFF

13:00 - OFF

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

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18.10.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - CANCELLED

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17.10.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - ON

16.10.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

21:00 - OFF

Whale Watching

9:00

 

What a great tour.

 

It's still calm, pleasant eastern breeze, getting a bit chilly, but ever so nice.

 

We went about half way out to our regular range, and then we could hardly get past all the white-beaked dolphins that lay in our track.

First we saw four, and then we saw more.

We did stay with them for a little bit, but when we had lost count of how many there were, it was time to move on and look for something bigger.

 

And as we sailed further out, past more dolphins, we eventually found a minke whale who surfaced in front of us about a mile away (a nautical mile that is.)

And when we finally got in viewing range of that one, we found another one close by.

So we checked out a couple of minkes, another boat was checking out another minke, half a mile away.

We got a few good close ups of the minkes, and while we were approaching one carefully, a pod of harbor porpoises swam by.

 

And then we made our way back to port, hoping the day would go on like this.

 

13:00

 

The weather was still excellent, but something changed in the bay.

Just a glimpse of a minke whale and a couple of dolphins.

It just goes to show how quickly things can change out here.

The whales can disappear and reappear faster than you can say "porpoise."

 

The weather is looking good for the next couple of days, but it looks like Wednesday is going to be rough.

 

We will see what the future brings us.

 

-JIB

 

 

 

15.10.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

22:00 - ON

 

 

A very good day this was.
We went out on our morning trip, the calmest weather we have had in ages, or it feels like ages anyway.
 
Calm eastern winds blowing at our backs as we made our way northwest.
A thick layer of clouds covering the sky from one end to the other. 
We sailed for a short time until one of our passengers saw a minke whale swim by.
That one was really shy, we saw it a couple of times and then it was gone.
Now it was time for some white-beaked dolphins.  So we checked out a small pod of them for a short while before heading back.
And on the way back we saw another minke whale, which we got really good looks at for a few times.
 
And then later in the day we went out again, almost the same weather, just a little bit better.
Even calmer than it was in the morning. Everything just right.
We head, again, to the northwest. Hoping for something good.
We start by finding more dolphins.
Rather curious, but a bit shy. A considerable amount of them as well, rather spread out but probably around 20 of them.
They hang around us for a while, and then we head out to search for something bigger.
 
And we see yet another minke whale, so we head towards it.
And as we are looking for it, it comes up right next to us, snout first, 15-20 meters away.
We got really good looks at that one.
We did loose that one when it dove, but we found another one right away.
And I'm not really sure, but I think there might have been at least 3 minkes in the area.
Some thought there might be 4 but like I say, I'm not really sure.
It took us a good while to properly disengage from one of the minkes.
We said a few times: "Alright, let's leave that one alone, let's go."
And then it surfaced in front of us again, and we just had to take another look.
 
But we could finally make our way towards land.
Saw a few harbor porpoises on the way back.
And then we docked again in the still waters of Reykjavík Harbor.
 
If every day was this nice and easy.
 
Northern lights look promising tonight, they did last night as well but none were seen then though.
But it's Mother Nature we are dealing with. She shows us what she wants and we accept her offerings.
 
We will see what she brings.

14.10.2016 - WHALE WATCHING AND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Whale watching:

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

Northern Lights:

22.00 - ON

 

Fine weather today.

Good conditions for spotting whales as well. 

We found multitudes of white-beaked dolphins on both our trips today, jumping and hopping and having fun all over.

They were a bit shy, but we got good looks at them.

A fine day out on the bay.

-JIB

 

13.10.2016 - 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 - OFF

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

 

Alright now, where do we begin...

 

This has been an interesting few days. 

I have really mixed feelings towards this weather we're having.

On one hand it's terrible, but on the other hand, it's really bad.

Ok. Those are not mixed feelings. They're all negative.

Hmm...

 

Today though was alright. Quite a bit of rain, and a bit of swell, but otherwise the weather was really nice today.

Until the final minutes towards the end where it started blowing a whole lot harder.

 

We saw a few white-beaked dolphins on the morning tour, not really enough for a full trip.

It was still a nice trip, but we gave everyone a chance to return, to see some more.

 

And we saw some more dolphins on the second trip of the day.

And we also saw a minke whale, lunge feeding.

That really made our day.

 

But what was perhaps the most intriguing find this day was a whole lot of fish.

We saw great big schools of fish on our echosounder.

Which, hopefully, means we will see more whales coming into the bay.

 

The weather looks nice for the weekend, so that's nice.

We will see what the future brings.

 

-JIB