Whale diary

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    • CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 9:00, 13:00

    All whale watching tours are on schedule today from Reykjavík! Make sure to dress according to weather and feel free to borrow one of our comfortable thermal overalls if needed!

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    humpback whale breaching in front of Hallgrímskirkja church
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    The day started out lovely, as right after we left the harbour we spotted a sleepy humpback whale! We then saw 2 more whales next to Viðey island, actively feeding.

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    We saw blows belonging to 3 humpback whales - what a way to start the day! One of them was Pongo, notorious for resting on the surface, and the other 2, Ekki and Frodo, were feeding. In the afternoon we quickly found 2 humpback whales (lunge feeding and rolling) as well as a harbour porpoise and a grey seal!

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    humpback whale feeding
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    Shortly after departure this morning, we spotted 2 humpback whales before finding another 2 on our way back! The weather was very nice this afternoon as we sailed out on 2 boats. As soon as we left the harbour we saw our first humpback whale before finding another 2 in the same area. One of our boats even found a 4th whale!

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    Windy conditions didn't prevent us from sailing out this morning, as we were planning on staying close to shore, sheltering us from the harsh conditions. We quickly saw 4 humpback whales and they put on quite a show (tail lobbing and breaching)! In the afternoon we found the same 4 humpback whales again that were busy feeding!

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    humpback whale fluke
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    Not even 10 minutes into the morning tour, we saw 2 humpback whales feeding near the industrial harbour. We then had another 2 humpback whales resting and lunge feeding near a small cove. Again in the afternoon, we sailed for 10 minutes and already found our first humpback whale (of 4 in total). What a lucky tour!

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    It wasn't long until we found a humpback whale resting this morning! We soon found another one feeding and then third humpback whale resting. This afternoon we sailed on two boats and found two humpback whales actively feeding! We then found a 3rd humpback whale and ended with 7 harbour porpoises and a grey seal!

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    Not even 3 minutes after we left the harbour this morning, we spotted 2 humpback whales! We sailed further and found a grey seal and a 3rd humpback whale on the other side of the island! In the afternoon we were literally surrounded by 3 humpback whales! Everybody on board was amazed by the sightings of the day!

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    The sunrise was beautiful this morning, and made the perfect background for our sightings of two humpback whales today. Our afternoon was windy, but as we left the harbour, we spotted a beautiful humpback whale lunge feeding! Not far from it, there was a second humpback whale. We then found 2 more humpback whales.

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    About 10 minutes into the morning tour we saw blows belonging to 3 humpback whales that were up to some actions. In the afternoon, we first spotted 2 humpback whales that were lunge feeding in the same area. A few harbour porpoises raced past us and then another humpback whale quickly popped up and joined the others.

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    After the safety speech this morning we had already found 3 humpback whales. One of them was extremely close to shore! In the afternoon we soon found three humpback whales in front of Viðey, one of them lifting his pectoral fins above the surface, the other two were busy feeding. We then saw 3 harbour porpoises.

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    humpback whale breaching
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    After 15 minutes of searching in the morning, we eventually found 3 humpback whales and one of them suddenly breached in front of us! Then, in the afternoon we found a humpback whale very close, going for deeper dives. We also saw another two humpback whales and one of them did between 15-20 breaches!!

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    About 10 minutes after we left berth this morning, we saw a seal and blows belonging to 2 humpback whales, one was doing peduncle throws and then it breached three consecutive times! In the afternoon we again spotted 2 humpback whales logging and feeding before finding a third humpback whale closer to the shore.

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    A huge cloud of smoke from the most recent volcano eruption made for the perfect backdrop today. This morning we found three humpback whales! In the afternoon it didn't even look like a winter day in Iceland; no clouds at all and 3 humpback whales all around - one was so close we could almost feel its blow on our faces!

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    This morning we sailed out under a glorious sunrise, the sky was orange and the mountains were pink. We eventually found a humpback whale and a few grey seals! In the afternoon we spotted a blow not 10 minutes into the tour - we had found our first of 5 humpback whales! We also saw a grey seal and 3 harbour porpoises.

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    This morning, we saw three humpback whales within the first 15 minutes of the tour. The whales came up regularly, often showing us their flukes and sometimes even swimming towards the boat. In the afternoon, we didn't have to wait long before we spotted 2 humpback whales and also 2 grey seals that were bottling!

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    After some 15 minutes of looking around, we spotted 2 humpback whales side by side, helping each other feed. An amazing start to our day! Soon enough, we found another humpback whale! In the afternoon we spotted 2 humpback whales in the first 10 minutes and then a third humpback whale going for deeper dives!

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    The first sighting of today were 3 humpback whales swimming on the channel! Suddenly one of them came to the surface and its head emerged completely from underwater. The grey seals were also inquisitive! In the afternoon we first spotted 2 sleeping humpback whales and then we saw 2 more humpback whales!

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    We set off in the dark and snow this morning and before we knew it we had found a humpback whale less than 5 minutes after leaving the harbour. We then found another 2 humpback whales and 3 grey seals! In the afternoon we were met with snow but only 10 minutes after departure we had spotted 3 humpback whales!

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    In the morning we had strong winds, lots of rain and hail. Despite the darkness, we managed to spot 4 seals and 3 humpback whales, two of which did a peduncle throw! In the afternoon we saw 2 humpback whales, a single harbour porpoise, lots of grey seals - all in the first 10 min., before finding another humpback whale!