Mon, 06/17/2019 - 19:29

Today not only marks 75 years of Iceland's independence from Denmark but also the first time in over 20 years that blue whales have been encountered in Faxaflói bay! We have seen blue whales on our tours before when we have sailed from the West and South coast of Reykjanes peninsula and also a few times from Akureyri North-Iceland, but never from Reykjavík..

Blue whales are typically a deep water, offshore species and don't tend to come close to coasts unless that's where their food is found (krill and copepods). The two blue whales that we saw today looked to be a mother and her calf, which is rare in itself to see in Iceland. The calf was interacting and playing around our boat so the whole experinence was unique. Such an incredible and special encounter for everyone on board!

Read the report from our 14:00 tour here:

Learn more about blue whales: