Thursday, 16 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
- CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 13:00
CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 09:00
Report from Eldey: We sailed in silky smooth seas this morning, with barely any wind and watching the sun slowly rising amongst the clouds and behind the mountains. Once again, as we left the harbour and drove onto the area of Videy island, we spotted a large black back not far from us! Flak, the humpback whale, was slowly going for deeper dives in this shallow area. Very gently, it showed off its fluke and stayed there for exact 3 min. It continued with the same diving pattern, so we knew exactly what to expect when it was about to pop up again on the surface. We decided to check what else the bay had for us, now seeing the sky turn into a beautiful pink with the sunrise. There were some small splashes ahead of us that quickly disappeared again. Its likely they were harbour porpoises, that lived up to their name 'ninja's of the sea'. We hovered a bit to see if they would resurface but they did not. So we continued ours and on the way back we decided to check Flak again. Thankfully, it was still there, still very calm on the surface while went for deeper dives.
- Anna Richter
CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 13:00
Report from Eldey: This afternoon we sailed out once more to Videyjarflak in the hopes to find Flak. There was a little bit more wind but the ocean was extremely calm and serene and shortly after departure, we found our humpback whale. Flak was still very calm and feeding, and even did a lunge feed directly in front of our boat! At some point the humpback also rolled on its side, showing off its white pectoral fins. We also spotted 3 harbour seals that were resting on the rocks. We stayed together for a bit before venturing further into Faxafloi. We also saw some odd splashes again, potentially from some elusive harbour porpoises but we weren't able to confirm what we saw. After a quick sail we decided to head back to Flak and see this gorgeous humpback whale a few more times before heading back to the harbour. We found Flak very close to the shore again and lunge feeding, repeatedly! What an incredible sighting it was! We watched on in awe for a few moments and then headed back to the harbour.
- Milla Brandao
Bird species seen today include:
great cormorant, European shag, sooty shearwater, great Northern diver, common guillemot, razorbill, glaucous gull, herring gull, black backed gull, black headed gull, 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.
Seals and Sea lions are collectively called Pinnipeds. Harbour Seals are the most abundant in Iceland and are frequently encountered on Akurey (puffin colony). There has been 7 species of seals recorded in Icelandic waters but only two of these species breed here; the Harbour Seal and Grey Seal.