Monday, 5 June 2023
Today we will be operating on Þruma RIB for our 10:00, 14:00, 16:00 and 20:00 Premium Whale tours and on our lovely vessel Eldey and Hafsúla for the 09:00, 10:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 17:00 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 | 09:00
- CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 10:00
- PREMIUM WHALE TOUR | 10:00
- CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 13:00
- CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 14:00
- PREMIUM WHALE TOUR | 14:00
- PREMIUM WHALE TOUR | 16:00
- CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 17:00
- PREMIUM WHALE TOUR | 20:00
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.
CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 09:00
Report from Eldey: The sky was overcast and the ocean a little bit wavey but no whitecaps and a lovely Icelandic breeze. After sailing for some time we spotted a minke whale in the distance. As we headed there we were interrupted by 2 humpback whales that came to the surface together. This couple was probably on a date and were going down for deep dives often. We stayed with them for a good while until we decided it was time to head out and search for something else. Sometime after that we encountered a small pod of white-beaked dolphins and one of them even started jumping very high up into the air. Making us all squeal with joy. On our way back we even saw a second minke for a very short glimpse. A very nice and relaxing tour.
- Cindy Schwenk
CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 10:00
Report from Elding: What a lovely and chill morning we had. We sailed out to see our favorite animals and the sea conditions were great. After about 40 minutes looking for them, we saw the glimpse of a minke whale. We waited for it for a bit to come up again, but we decided to focus in something bigger not too far from us: we had 2 humpback whales swimming side by side, travelling and resting together. They were not taking deep dives and not spending too long underwater, which was good for us to get nice looks of them! Unpredictably, they popped up closer to our boat and we could hear their very loud blow. In the meantime, another minke whale popped up as well not too far from us. After a few minutes, we realized the humpbacks were going away from us and we decided to check the splashes created by white-beaked dolphins not far from us! It was a pod of about 30 dolphins in total, travelling, bow-riding, surfing and even some were jumping quite high! To finish our lovely morning, we stopped by Engey island on our way home to check some puffins and other seabirds around.
- Milla Brandao
CLASSIC WHALE WATCHING | 13:00
Report from Eldey: This was a tour full of changing conditions. We started off with a cloudy but dry journey. This then turned into some rain, wind and fog which reduced our visibility. Moments after the fog cleared a big blow appeared in front of us. This was our first of 3 humpback whales during this tour. It was a very relaxed one, only ever coming up to the surface for 1 or 2 breaths then going down again very slowly. As there were many boats in this area we decided to move on. We then found another humpback on our right. This one showed us a fluke dive, it was so beautiful. We then followed this whale for a bit as it headed in our direction of home. After this we also saw another humpback on our travels back. This one behaved very much like the first one we saw. We also saw a minke whale. It surfaced 3 times quickly but everybody still got to see it nicely. Shortly afterwards, we also saw a harbour porpoise which was even quicker than the minke at appearing and disappearing. It was only seen a couple of times before it carried on under the water.
- Rob Hyman
CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 14:OO
Report from Elding: We had a very quiet tour with no many passengers this time which felt nice and special. We sailed out and it took us some time before we saw any activity on the surface. Suddenly, we saw a black back close to the boat. It was a humpback. It went for a deep dive and while we waited for it to come up it surprised us extremely close to the boat. We spent some time with it and a bit later on the tour we got to see another one!! After seeing these 2 humpback whales, right when were ready to come back we saw around 6 white beaked dolphins and decided to spend some time with then. They were very active so it was quite amazing to see them!
CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 17:00
Report from Eldey: The weather was overcast but the ocean seemed smoother than before and so we set sail towards adventure. We sailed very far and long until we saw our first sighting. It was a blow from far away of a humpback whale. But wait, there was a second one. Could this be the pair that we saw on our morning tour? Yes it was, pictures of the flukes confirmed it. We stayed with these whales for a very long time until they split up and one went further away. We decided to follow this one and watch it fluke dive multiple times. And at the very end it even breached out of the water all of a sudden in the sunshine! What a memory! Great tour with even better people and whales!
- Cindy Schwenk
Birds seen on our tours today:
Atlantic puffin, Arctic tern, northern fulmar, northern gannet, common guillemot, razorbill, eider duck, great black backed gulls, lesser black backed gulls, black legged kittiwake and black headed gull
Wildlife seen on our tours 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 Minke Whale is the most common whale around Iceland and actually the world thus it is one of the main species we encounter on our whale watching tours. It is one of few species that don’t mind coming to shallower waters like here in Faxaflói Bay to feed on the abundant food available to them.
The white-beaked dolphin is the most common dolphin found in the surrounding waters of Iceland and is seen not only in the summer but winter too usually in larger numbers, hundreds sometimes. When feeding they show energetic behaviour such as breaching out of the water and coming down with a big splash and bursts of fast swimming.
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.