Viðey Ferry:

All Viðey ferry departures have been suspended until further notice!

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    This weekend we are expecting a great northern lights show. Experts had predicted the Kp index to be about 4-5/9, meaning high aurora activity! Clear skies and calm winds create optimal conditions for us to sail out in search for the amazing aurora borealis. Join us for a chance to witness the magical display. Book online at elding.is/nlc

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    Imagine Peace Tower tours are back on schedule as of this week! Daily departures from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík from 10 October - 8 December at 20:00. Book your tour online: https://elding.is/ipt 

    Check out the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER'S official website: https://imaginepeacetower.com/

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    Our research team continues to study the behaviour of the wildlife in our waters. Head research coordinator Sabrina Voswinkel wrote an article on humpback whale migration and why some whales stay in the cold waters of Iceland throughout winter rather than travelling south to warmer climate over the coldest months. An interesting read.

    "Humpback whales, like other baleen whales, ar

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    An extra departure has been added to our schedule on 3 October 2019. Join us at 16:00 for an afternoon at sea with the whales and wildlife of Faxaflói bay.

    "Enjoy 3 hrs. at sea with our expert crew and specially trained naturalists in search for the whales and wildlife of Reykjavík. The city view and landscape of the bay is also not to be missed and adds that something special to the

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    Join us on Viðey island as the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will be illuminated for the 13th time with a peaceful ceremony on 9 October 2019.

    Complimentary bus transfer from Hlemmur Square to ferry terminal starts at 17:15 and runs until 19:00. The ferry to Viðey island is also complimentary and runs from 17:30 until 19:30 and again back after the ceremony is over, at 20:30. See

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    Sea angling season of 2019 has been extended until 30 September! Last chance to book a genuine fishing experience this year: elding.is/reykjavik-sea-angling

    EXTRA Sea Angling departures in September of 2019:

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    Due to unfavourable conditions at sea we are forced to cancel all scheduled ferry departures to/from Viðey today, 16 September 2019. Please contact our head office if you need further information; tel. 003545195000 or elding@elding.is.

    Book or rebook your round-trip ticket to Viðey online:

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    There have been some changes made to our Northern Lights on Viðey island tour - it will from now on be called Superior Northern Lights Expedition on Viðey island and the modified tour will be more exclusive than before and focus mainly on aurora photography and the nature of the island.

    Our expert guide will educate you on the science behind the northern lights, lend a helping han

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    Due to a big solar storm and high Kp. index of 6/9 we have decided to start the Northern Lights season a day early!  Clear skies are predicted as well as calm seas, which means we will have optimal conditions for aurora viewing.

    Join us on this extra departure and first tour of the 2019-2020 season. We set sails tomorrow, Saturday, 31 August at 22:00 from the Old Harbour in Reykj

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    Reykjavik Pride 2019 has officially started! 

    Elding has been a proud LGBTQ+ friendly company from the very beginning. We are members of IGLTA (the world's leading network of LGBTQ+ welcoming tourism businesses) and each year we support Reykjavik Pride with the awesome 

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    We had a very special encounter this weekend with the second largest fish in the ocean - a BASKING SHARK! They are slow moving sharks, feeding on plankton near the water surface at about 4 km/h. That's where their name comes from, them 'basking in the sun'. They are not too common on our tous so it is always a memorable experience for both crew and passengers.

    Learn more about basking

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    August is off to a great start; we had the most wonderful encounter with a juvenile minke whale today! It was very curious about us and our boat and circled all around us for a good 40 minutes, coming very close and sticking its snout out of the water as if to get a better look at the strange creatures on board!

    "Such a beautiful morning and an absolute memorable, extre

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    Since our tagging expeditions earlier this month in collaboration and under the expert leadership of Marine Biologist Jacob Levenson, we have been eager to follow the whales' movements and see where they hang around and travel to.

    At the moment one of them appears to be doing an anticlockwise trip around Iceland and yet another seems to be heading further North to Greenland. The rest

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    Since 2007 we have actively been collecting data on the diversity, distribution, abundance and site fidelity of minke whales and humpback whales in the waters of Faxaflói. Our photo-id data is vital for understanding whales in the area, but whales are on the surface briefly where we can only catch a short glimpse. Using various telemetry methods allows us to get a holistic view into their lives

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    A pod of about 40 long-finned PILOT WHALES were spotted close to Reykjavík today! They are not very common in this area as they tend to stay further offshore and in deeper waters, but we have seen them in the bay on a few occasions throughout the years.

    Pilot whales are a large species of oceanic dolphin, pod animals, that have a leader whom they follow. They are a stranding concern s

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    White-beaked dolphins have been a focus species of our research since 2007, just like the humpback whales and minke whales. We mainly collect our data for them in Faxaflói but that is not always easy, as the white-beaked dolphins can be so fast in their movements that getting a photo of their dorsal fin at the right angle and at the right time requires quite a bit of practice

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    A very special encounter in Faxaflói bay, Friday 12 July 2019; a humpback mother and her calf ventured into the bay to everyone's surprise!

    Humpback whales are polygamous mammals that become sexually mature at around 5-7 years of age. They have one of the most complicated courtships in the animal kingdom that entails in the males singing and chasing after the females. The pursuit can

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    Summer is here and with it comes our busiest season!

    What to do in Reykjavík you might ask? Well, in July we have departures running from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík on an hourly basis and even more frequently than that somtimes. Our tours range from whale watching to puffin watching and sea angling - something to suit everyone.

    Have a look at

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    On 23 July 2018, for the first time in Elding's history, we came up on a north atlantic right whale - one of the most endangered of all large whales. There have only been three different right whales identified off Iceland in the last 30 years, so this was truly a unique encounter!

    The whale wa
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    Here are some fun facts about the whales in our waters!

    *There are two types of whales - toothed and baleen plate whales! 

    *Blue whales are the biggest animals to have ever lived on the planet! That's bigger than any dinosour we know of!

    *Genitals of male whales are tucked inside of them when they aren't mating! This allows them to swim faster

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    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

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    The following are updates due to unforeseen closures and construction in the city centre to prevent any misunderstandings regarding pickup places:

    *Bus stop #4 is temporarily closed due to construction work. We ask our passengers to go to bus stop #1 until it opens again.

    *Bus stop #7 will be closed as of 20 May 2019. We ask our passengers go to bus stop #14 in stead.

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    EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA! Additional departure at 20:30, 7 June 2019. Watch the whales as the sun kisses the sea on this special evening cruise in Faxaflói bay. Book here: elding.is/midnight-sun

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    Today is another great day in Elding's sustainability timeline - we received the Icelandic quality label Vakinn and Gold certification in their environmental program!

    It was an honour to be the first company to receive the recognition from the agency that did the onsite audit this year and we take great pride in this achievement.

    As always, we encourage our friends and partn

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    The safety of our passengers has always been a number one priority for us! Today, the conditions in the bay were turning unfavourable so we decided to cancel the day's remaining whale watching tours - and rather than taking the afternoon off, the crew carried out a safety drill on board Eldey! This we do on a regular basis to better understand the boats we work on and figure out how we can work

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    Our summer schedule is now in place with multiple tours departing from the Old Harbour daily! Additional departures at 10:00 and 14:00 in June, July and August! Classic Whale Watching is a great way to spend a half-day at sea surrounded by beautiful landscape and watching whales and birds in their natural environment.

    Classic Whale Watching Schedule 2019

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    Elding began its dedicated research of the three main encountered species, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales and humpback whales, in the year 2007. Our research area is within the bay of Faxaflói, just outside of Reykjavík, and is conducted during our daily whale watching tours.

    Our head research coordinate recently wrote an article on the humpb

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    Due to unforseen circumstances the ferry to Viðey island will not be running on 28 May 2019. We will resume sailing according to plan on 29 May 2019. Apologies for any inconvenience this change in schedule may cause!

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    We're honoured and pleased to announce that we have reached 'HALL of FAME' status for achieving the certificate of excellence for five consecutive years on TripAdvisor! A big thank you to all our passengers who have taken the time to give us an honest feedback over the years: bi

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    The Elding team is a group of enthusiastic nature lovers and environmentalists that together have participated in the 'Cleanup Iceland' project for 3 years in a row now. It has always been important to us to keep our environment clean for the sake of the wildlife at our shores and in our oceans. 

    This year we invited our friends and partners to join us on Viðey to clean up trash

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    Minke whales are known to be somewhat elusive animals with the occasional exception. This one was quite social, curious and interested to check out our boat Hafsúlan! Much to our passengers delight, the whale stayed around the boat for a while and we were able to see its whole body just under the water's surface. BEAUTIFUL!

    Video by cpt. Ottó: 

     

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    The Viðey Ferry is now running according to our summer schedule with daily departures going from the Old Harbour, Harpa Concert Hall and Skarfabakki pier to the charming island of tranquility and peace! Hourly departures starting at 10:15-17:15 from 15 May - 30 September.

    Schedule & departure times: elding.is/videy-ferry

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    A humpback whale was spotted WITHIN the harbour walls of Reykjavík in the early hours of Saturday! Rare, although not unheard of, whales sometimes venture close to shores and into marinas as a result of following food. The whale didn't seem to be hurt or in distress, just feeding among the marooned boats and ships and thankfully it found its way out of the harbour again a cou

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    It's almost summer now which means that our boats are getting a well deserved pampering and overhaul on the dry dock after a busy winter season. The boats will be serviced as needed and the outside will be re-painted in 'Elding red' to make them fresh looking again for the upcoming season!

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    Harbour seals are quite common here in Faxaflói and are often seen poking their heads out of the water close to the few small islands just off Reykjavík that are inhabited puffins in the summer. They tend to stick to familiar resting spots near rocky areas where they are protected from adverse weather conditions and safe from the threats of bigger animals.

    They are most commonly brown

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    It's been an incredible past few weeks in Faxaflói bay and there seem to be plenty of fish still around for the whales to feed on. We've seen humpback whales in numbers; diving, feeding and showing off to our passengers on nearly every tour since early April!

    Humpback whales weren't so common in the Reykjavík area a few years back, but now many of them seem to be returning each summer

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    Elding has a supported whale research by local and international scientists for years and sometimes they join us onboard to study the whales in Faxaflói bay. Today we had a couple of cetologists out on one of our RIB's to get a bit closer to the humpback whales as they were taking biopsy samples from them. 

    We also conduct our own research onboard which involves learning
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    The sun has finally arrived in Reykjavík and our Sea Angling Gourmet tours are up and running again for the summer! Departures are daily at 09:00 and 13:30 from the Old Harbour, just minutes away from the city centre. Don't miss out on the chance to reel in a fresh fish like a real Icelandic fisherman on the traditional oak vessel SAGA. BBQ your catch on board as light lunch and take the rest w

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    THE PUFFINS HAVE ARRIVED!

    Due to the early arrival of these sweet birds we have decided to start the season ahead of schedule. Rather than starting 1 May like we normally would, we will be operating from the 24 April this year.

    Join us for a chance to view the magnificent 'clowns of the sea' in their natural habitat! elding.

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    PÁSKAR - PÁSKAR - PÁSKAR

    Næstkomandi laugardag, 13. apríl 2019, býður Elding upp á árlega páskaeggjaleit í Viðey í samstarfi við Viðeyjarstofu, Borgarsögusafn Reykjavíkur og súkkulaðigerðina Góu.

    Það er ekkert þátttökugjald í leitinni en gestir greiða ferjugjald sem er 1,600 kr.-, 50% afsláttur fyrir börn 7-17 ára og frítt fyrir þau yngstu.

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