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    Whale diary

    WEDNESDAY, 16 MAY 2018

    Tour 17:00: CANCELED 

    Tours 9:00 and 13:00: RUNNING

    Tour at 09:00

    Report from Eldey: After a strong start, summer took a break today. The usual gray sky and wind were here to welcome us out at sea, but the low temperatures that we thought long gone joined as well. But adventurers don't let the cold get in the way of an exciting cruise, so we excitedly ventured in the North Atlantic anyway! Facing the wind and the waves for the way out, the trip was smoother than expected. And once we turned our back on the elements for the way home, the sailing got comfy, and we got a break from dark when the blue sky and the sunshine made an appearance! Despite the enjoyable excursion, the cetaceans did not show up, except for one hasty minke whale that showed up twice and 3-4 harbour porpoises that also made an appearance at the speed of light. That is why everybody on board was promptly offered complimentary tickets, so everyone can have a shot again and hopefully more fulfilling sightings.

    - Guillaume Calcagni

    Tour at 13:00 

    Report from Eldey: Weather was similar like in the morning, with only positive differences as it wasn't raining and it wasn't cold. At the beginning we were sailing against wind and swell but our captain did his best to make it as comfortable as possible. In fact some of our guest had great time experiencing this 'roller coaster'. There was plenty of sea-birds flying with wind around us. Specially kittiwakes were active and were following us all the time. We also got to see northern gannets, arctic terns and of course atlantic puffin. Unfortunately birds weren't feeding what would help us with spotting cetaceans. When we turned our boat and started sailing back with the wind, ride became much more smoother, difference was so big that it seemed like the weather had changed. It was fun to spent afternoon and sea and experience real Icelandic weather, but we did not seen any whales or porpoises. Hopefully our passengers will come back as we offered complimentary tickets, and next time we will be successful. 

    - Ewa Malinowska 

    Bird species seen on today's tour include: great cormorant, arctic skua, northern gannet, black guillemot, arctic tern, Atlantic puffin, northern fulmar, eider duck, black-legged kittiwake, lesser black-backed gull & great black-backed gull.

    Do to worse weather we have had to cancel our Whale Watching at 5pm today. For more information please contact us by email elding@elding.is or by phone +354 519 5000.

    We are sailing out from the Old Harbour in Reykjavik today. There is some wind and swells out on Faxabay so if you are sensitive to motion sickness we do have seasickness tablets free of charge at the ticket office. All our boats have inside and outside areas and to make the tour even more comfortable we provide warm overalls. For more information please contact us via phone at +354 519 5000 or by e-mail at elding@elding.is.