Friday, 2 February 2024

Friday, 2 February 2024

Today we will be operating on our lovely vessel Eldey for the 9:00 and 13:00 Classic Whale Watching tour. Make sure to dress according to weather, as it is usually colder at sea than on land.



Report from Eldey: As we set off the weather seemed a little calmer than expected but this was the only few minutes it felt like this. After this it all changed we had very strong winds, lots of rain and even some painful hail. Thankfully, the swell was still okay so nobody felt bad. But this didn't stop us finding some great animals. Even whilst it was still dark we managed to spot 3 humpback whales! This meant we could spend this morning watching them lots. We saw a pair of humpbacks as well as a solo one. We had been seeing all of these at different points over the last few weeks. One of the pair even did a peduncle throw at one stage, right next to the other whale. We also saw 4 seals. But overall, despite the weather we had a great time watching these whales. 

- Rob Hyman


Report from Eldey: We had lots of wind and some waves, but since the morning tour was a success by not going too far we went on another tour to try to see some cetaceans. It wasn´t even 10 minutes into the tour that we saw a blow and then another one next to it, we had spotted 2 humpback whales paired. They swam very slowly alongside us, making a few turns here and there. Another blow was spotted not too far but we stayed with these in order to know what they were doing. A single harbour porpoise also made a quick appearance going away as I spoke about it. Lots of grey seals popped their heads around us being less than 20 metres away! We checked the other humpback whale that was doing marvelous fluke dives. The wind got really windy and so we decided end this amazing trip around the islands of Reykjavík!

- Pedro Teixeira

Bird species encountered today include:

Northern gannet, Northern fulmar, eider duck, European shag, Great cormorant, glaucous gull, greater black backed gull, herring gull, razorbill, common and black guillemot