Saturday, 16 March 2024

Saturday, 16 March 2024

Today we will be operating on our lovely vessel Eldey for the 9:00 and 13:00 Classic Whale Watching tour. Make sure to dress according to weather, as it is usually colder at sea than on land.



Report from Eldey: This morning we sailed out into a grey bay, with very calm seas and barely any wind. The sun was already up and we were surrounded by snowy mountains eager to see what was in store for us this morning. Only 12min after leaving we already spotted our first cetacean! We spotted a blow and a large black back right in-front of us belonging to Frodo, our current resident humpback whale! Frodo was feeding around us, changing direction a few times and coming quite close to us as well. At the beginning she showed us her fluke a few times but when she headed into more shallow water, we saw the fluke a little less. She did then lunge feed so it was still amazing to see. After some time together, we headed further out into the bay to see what else was out there. We didn't find anything else but were surrounded by fulmars, and enjoyed the sail before heading back to harbour, hot chocolates in hand.

- Anna Richter 


Report from Eldey: The sun was shining as we headed out to search for whales this afternoon making it nice and warm. We headed to the area where the humpback was last seen this morning. We sailed around for a while seeing lots of different seabirds. Then eventually close to Videy a blow and black back was spotted. It was the humpback whale! It travelled all the way up to the tip of the island in shallow waters before then going for a few beautiful fluke dives. It then headed towards Skarfabakki harbour. As it got here we started to move away after a lovely sighting. Soon after leaving the humpback we saw a big curved dorsal fin, it was a minke whale. It was a really good minke, coming up very regularly and was quite easy to follow. We then headed back to the harbour in the sun after a great afternoon.

- Rob Hyman

bird species encountered today:

greylag goose, golden plover, black guillemot, common guillemot, Northern fulmar, European shag, great cormorant, eider duck, black backed gull, herring gull, glaucous gull, Iceland gull