Friday, 10 November 2023
Today we will be operating on our lovely vessel Eldey for the 09:00 and 13:00 Classic Whale Watching tours. Make sure to dress appropriately for the tours as it is always colder on sea than on land.
- CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 9:00, 13:00
CLASSIC WHALE TOUR 09:00
Report from Eldey: with the sun still nearly starting to rise, we sailed out first to the area of Videy island to see if the whale that we saw yesterday was still there. The breathtaking views of Esja mountain and the island kept us busy while we looked for the animals, and as well the seabirds in the area. We were almost returning our way onto Faxaflói bay but bam! We saw the big blow of a humpback whale as the sun started to rise behind the mountains. It was a glorious moment, watching this one, Flak, a whale that we already knew, going for deeper dives and showing off its fluke to us. We stayed with Flak for a while, watching it go down slowly and calm in this early morning. Then, we decided to cover other areas, trying to see what else was there. On the way back home, we saw a small pod of 3 harbour porpoises, that showed themselves very briefly. We then returned to the area where we saw Flak, to have a last look art it before we went home. Still very close to Videy Island, this whale came closer to us, as we heard the loud blow next to the boat! What a way to start the day!
- Milla Brandão
CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 1300
Report from Eldey: As with all our tours recently we set off into the harbour and within a matter of minutes we had found a humpback whale, yay! It was Flak once again. We found him to the north west of Videy. Whilst here we saw him surface many many times. Including a few beautiful fluke dives as well. After seeing him lots we decided to search around the bay for other animals. We came across a harbour porpoise that surfaced once or twice making some little splashes. Before heading back we had a quick look at Flak once again rounded off a lovely tour.
- Rob Hyman
Birds encountered today include:
Great cormorant, Eider duck, Black-backed gull, Razor bill, Common guillemot, Black-legged kittiwake.
Wildlife encountered today:
The Humpback Whale is quite spectacular undergoing the longest migration of any mammal (5176miles/8334km one way), attracting females by singing to them and of course their energetic nature. On many occasions humpbacks have been seen breaching, tail slapping, fin slapping, blowing bubbles and spy hopping just to mention a few. The humpback is also one of the larger whales we encounter
The Harbour Porpoise is the smallest and most abundant cetacean around Iceland. They are usually shy but occasionally they come and play around the boats. They can be relatively hard to spot from a distance due to their size and their abundance depends entirely on the food availability of our shores since they are opportunistic feeders.