Friday, 3 March 2023

Friday, 3 March 2023

Today we will be operating on our lovely vessel Eldey for the 9:00 and 13:00 Whale Watching tour. Make sure to dress appropriately for the tours as it is always colder on sea than on land. 


COVID-19: Keep in mind that passengers and crew are asked to ensure their own hygiene and safety at all times. Washing hands thoroughly with soap and using a hand sanitiser is advised. 


Report from Eldey: The tour happened in a beautiful sunny day with a very comfortable flat sea. As we were heading towards the region where we had recently seen the humpback whales we saw some small black dots on the surface. They were harbour porpoises! We saw them very briefly as they sneaked away very fast. We couldn´t spot any whales but as we were heading back to Reykjavik we saw white beaked dolphins in the distance. As we got closer we realized there were three different pods of about 15 in total. We were amazed when we saw four dolphins approaching to the boat and we noticed two of them were calvesWe came back to the harbour after spending some time with this amazing species. It was a very nice and relaxing trip.


-Nicolás Corral


Report from Eldey: We had a great afternoon today - it almost felt like summer! We sailed out on a very calm sea, with little swell and little wind. After about an hour of sailing we came across 10-15 harbour porpoises. These have the nickname "ninja's of the sea" as they very often appear and vanish. This pod (or potentially multiple pods as it was a lot of porpoises in one place) were quite active at the surface and enjoying their lunch in our company. There was even a few that jumped! It was perfect conditions to see these as they are so small the waves can often hide them. We enjoyed this moment for a bit before heading off to see what else was in Faxa floi. Not much longer we found a minke whale! This one was more typical in behaviour and we only saw it a few times before we headed on to find something a bit more active. Just as we had decided to head into the sun, we spotted some white beaked dolphins! It was a very relaxed pod of 5-6 dolphins. They came very close and as the ocean was so calm we could often spot their markings through the water. After some time, we headed back in the direction of Reykjavik. What an afternoon!

- Anna Richter

Bird species encountered today include:

Common guillemot, razorbill, black guillemot, European shag, Great cormorant, northern fulmar, black-legged kittiwake, black-backed gull, glaucous gull, eider duck.