Wednesday, 30 November 2022
Today we will be operating on our lovely vessel Eldey for the 9:00 and 13:00 Classic Whale Watching tour. Make sure to dress appropriately for the tours as it is always colder on sea than on land.
- CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 09:00
- CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 13:00
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 sanitizer is advised.
WHALE WATCHING TOUR | 09:00
Report from Eldey: Winter is here, despite it being one of the warmest November 30th´s in history it was still rather miserable contains we had to start the tour with this morning but it was meant to get better so off we went. Being the last 9am tour of 2022 it was dark until about 10:45 and unfortunately due to the cloudy, rainy conditions it stayed rather dark until the last 45mins of the tour when the skies opened up allowing the sun to colour the clouds nice pastel pinks and oranges and perfect timing too because an eagle eyed passenger spotted a blow. A Humpback whale we know really well called Neila, she was last seen together with Mariupol Saturday 26th November so it was interesting to see her on her own again. She is always full of surprises and its always wonderful to see her. She came up regularly and when diving down did so for 6-8 mins before coming up again and surfacing 5-7 times before doing another deep dive. Once she even surfaced 30meter from our stern. She was obviously feeding and not really interested in us but thats how we love to observe them, acting naturally and without up disturbing them.
- Megan Whittaker
CLASSIC WHALE TOUR | 13:00
Report from Eldey: We set off into the mist this afternoon it was very overcast with a little bit of rain but this was only going to get stronger. The swell had calmed from this morning and was more gentle despite the whitecaps that could be seen. As we travelled around Faxaflói bay we hoped to see the humpback whale from this morning but this was proving difficult. As we reached the half way stage of the tour we were faced with lots of rain and wind. We were beginning to see more and more seabirds, in particular the northern fulmar. But we didn't give up on cetaceans, in fact seeing so many birds gave us more hope. We now saw a blow; it was a humpback whale! We got to see this magnificent creature surface multiple times before diving down into the ocean. To add to this the weather calmed down a bit as we saw the whale. It ended up being a really nice tour despite the weather.
- Rob Hyman
Bird species encountered today include:
Common guillemot, European shag, Great cormorant, northern fulmar, black-legged kittiwake, black-headed gull, greater black-backed gull, glaucous gull, eider duck.