Thursday, 7 September 2023

Thursday, 7 September 2023

Today we will be operating on Þruma RIB for our 10:00 Premium Whale tour and on our lovely vessel Eldey for the 09:00, 13:00, 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, 13:00, 17:00


Report from Eldey: We sailed out in this gloomy morning, the clouds just above our heads and the sea being perfectly flat. To our biggest surprise, we very quickly saw a minke whale as soon as we let the harbour area. After following this individual for some time, we decided to head further out, but we got caught in our way again, as all the activity seemed to be along the coastline of Reykjavik: several pods of harbour porpoises and several minke whales romaed around us through the whole morning, everybody potting something new everytime we decided to move on. We finished our morning by having a small pod of 6 white beaked dolphins cross our path, and spotting some last 2 pods of harbour porpoises back close to the harbour, on this incredibly unexpected productive and active morning. 


- Alex "Alex" Paumier


Report from Eldey: As the weather picked up from this morning, we sailed out of the foggy bay hoping to reiterate the sightings of this morning. Off the batt, we passed by a pod of harbour porpoises in the distance, a good omen for the rest of the tour. Further out, we got to meet several minke whales that traveled and fed in the same zone. Unravelling the other cetaceans in the area, we then found a large pod of more than 20 white beaked dolphins, travelling calmly as they came up lined up and synchronized, some of them even jumping out a few times. As we sailed back home, we again passed by some harbour porpoises to happily finish our tour.

- Milla Brandao


Report from Eldey: our tour started with a bit of light rain and the sea was starting to get slightly choppy, as we sailed far out. Nothing to worry about, we just prepared ourselves with cozy overalls and raincoats and everybody decided to stay outside to spot any sign of life in the bay! Our first encounter was with a pod of 3 harbour porpoises, travelling around and passing by us. We said hello to these ones and then continued our way to see what else the bay had to offer. Then, in front of us, 3 dorsal fins popped up, and we realized we had white-beaked dolphins coming in our direction. These ones were a bit elusive, so we decided to let them be and continued checking our surroundings. Then, we found a bigger pod of dolphins, about 20 individuals travelling together! It was amazing to see them coming all together at the same time, and we could even spot some smaller ones, juveniles, amongst them. We enjoyed them for a while before heading back to Reykjavik, but before, having a good look on them coming very close and bowriding with our boat.

- Alexandre "The Answer" Paumier