Thursday, 30 March 2023


Thursday, 30 March 2023

Today we are scheduled to 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: Today we had a rainy morning, but it didn't stop us from looking for our favorite animals! The sea conditions were good, although the visibility was a bit low. After a while, we could see a minke whale around us. We waited for it for a bit, but then decided to continue our trip, because this one was a bit elusive. We entered an area full of seabirds feeding, and we could even see them carrying fish in their mouth. They were sharing this area with other 2 white-beaked dolphins! These two came close to us and we could take a good look at them. After a while, we decided to go on and check what else we could find. Then, we found another pod of about 7 dolphins from the same species and also another minke whale in the distance! We enjoyed the dolphins for a while, but we decided to get back to Reykjavik when we saw we were running out of time.

- Rodrigo Silva


Report from Eldey: We set sail under clouds but thankfully the rain from this morning had stopped and it wasn't too cold either. After sailing out for a bit we spotted two pods of about 4-6 harbour porpoises in quick succession. The second was much closer to the boat and even leaping for us to see their tiny cute bodies. Shortly after this we spotted 2 more harbour porpoises and then saw a minke whale. It surfaced about 8 times around the boat but as with lots of minkes it proved to be quite elusive. Suddenly we had more cetaceans with us; a pod of 15 white beaked dolphins joined us. They were also leaping so the toothed whales were very playful today. There were even 2-3 small calves in this pod. Another pod then joined us bringing it to about 25 dolphins. We then left these cetaceans in search of others and saw another 3 harbour porpoises. There were also more dolphins in the distance but as we got closer we lost them. Then to end the tour in a fantastic way about 10 minutes from the harbour we saw a second minke whale. This stayed at the surface a bit longer giving us a better look at it. 

- Rob Hyman

Bird species encountered today include:

Northern fulmar, Eider duck, Black-legged kittiwake, Great cormorant, Black-headed gull, Black guillemot