Tuesday, 26 March 2024

Tuesday, 26 March 2024

Today we will be operating on our lovely vessel Eldey for our 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 into the bay in search of marine wildlife. Not far from the harbor, as we were looking at some Northern gannets a harbor porpoise made a quick appearance. We kept sailing out until we found an area with a lot of bird activity which can indicate high productivity. That was a good bet since a minke whale surfaced quickly. But the best was still to come, we heard from other vessels that we should head in their direction. Once we got closer, we saw why - it was a pod of orcas! It was a great sighting with the killer whales surfacing calmly, multiple times and quite close to our vessel. 

- Aleks Lechwar


Report from Eldey: After a really exciting morning we couldn't wait to get back out for this next tour. We headed out and this time the wind had calmed down a bit. So we set off travelling past many Northern gannets close to Reykjavik. After a bit of sailing some dorsal fins started to appear above the surface. They belonged to a pod of 7-8 white beaked dolphins. They started to bow-ride and came super close to us for a while. This gave us a great look at each individual including one with a very recognisable dorsal fin as it had a huge chunk taken out of it. After spending a while with these dolphins we set off in search of more. We saw a couple of Atlantic puffins again which was very exciting. But then we headed home after a fun afternoon.

- Rob Hyman

Birds seen today include:

Atlantic puffin, Northern gannet, Northern fulmar, European shag, Great cormorant, common guillemot, black guillemot, black headed gull, black legged kittiwake, great and lesser black backed gulls, herring gull and glaucous gull

Wildlife seen today:


This is one of the Elding crew's favourite species so excitement is especially high when we get to see these amazing animals. Occasionally they venture into Faxaflói Bay but chances of seeing them are greater when we sail from other harbours. They are the largest of the dolphins and the male dorsal fin can get up to 1.8m high and very triangular whereas the females dorsals are curved.