When is the best time of year to see whales?

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 09:12

Is there a best time of year to see whales? That's a question we are asked quite frequently. Our wildlife research can give us an idea, but in the end it is up to the whales, living freely in our waters.

As we operate daily throughout the year (with permission of favourable weather conditions and the exception of global pandemics), we have the opportunity to encounter whales in different seasons. We are therefore able to collect valuable data regarding the seasonality of the species in Faxaflói bay.

The likelihood to see one or another species relies on an intricate web of several factors; the same way that food availability, weather conditions, oceanic currents or the north Atlantic oscillation influence the presence/absence of cetaceans in Faxaflói, their ecology, behaviour, seasonal movements and/or migrations contribute to increase/reduce the chances we have to see them at a specific time of the year..

Learn more about the different factors that can effect sightings and availability of wildlife in our research blog!