Thursday, 23 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: This morning we had a two hour long breathtaking sunrise. There was a bit of Northerly wind waking us up in the morning and a bit of swell leftover from the stormy days before. We sailed around Viderjaflak hoping to find Flak the humpback again but were not successful. We continued sailing further out to see if there were anymore cetaceans about, but again were not in luck. On the way back to the harbour we spotted one grey seal and one harbour porpoise. However as we did not have much luck on this tour we decided to give out complimentary tickets, so that everyone has the chance to come back and see the bay in its full glory.
- Anna Richter
CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 13:00
Report from Eldey: The sun was shining this afternoon and making the landscape stunning. We went around Videy trying to find the humpback that have been there for a while but we could not find it. We went further out in the bay and looked all around hoping to see one of the signs of the presence of the whales. Unfortunately none of the boats crossed a cetacean today. We gave complimentary tickets to our passengers to offer them the chance to come back another day, hopefully with more luck.
- Miquel Pons
Bird species encountered today:
storm petrel, mallard, eider duck, European shag, great cormorant, herring gull, glaucous gull, lesser and great black backed gull, black headed gull, black legged kittiwake
Wildlife encountered today:
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.
Grey seals are generally distinguished from harbour seal by their straight head and fewer spots. Males are darker and larger than the females who tend to be a silver, grey or brown in color. Grey seals and harbour seals are the only seals that have been reported breeding in Icelandic waters.