Wildlife of Faxaflói bay

The ocean currents in the area create excellent conditions for feeding grounds and the long period of light during the summer provides the right environment for the plankton and krill, making it a diverse and abundant bay. A successful tour is a team effort, and our crew works closely together with the passengers on spotting the wildlife, making each tour an exciting and unforgettable experience.

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whales of faxaflói bay

Currently, we know of 85 different species of Whales, dolphins and Porpoises collectively called cetaceans. These range from the largest animal that has ever lived on our planet the Blue Whale to the smallest the Hectors dolphin. They are found in every one of our oceans and even some of our rivers. Anyone that has been whale watching and seen these magnificent mammals up close can tell you that it is an experience never forgotten and a feeling of amazement and happiness not quite understood.

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birds of faxaflói bay illustration

Seabirds are an important part of every whale watching tour and they often guide us to the whales. During the summer months the puffins make a spectacle of themselves as well as the gannets, fulmars, guillemots, skuas, arctic terns and many more. The winter birdlife is not so diverse but it is nice to see certain species in areas that you wouldn't normally see.

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fish of faxaflói bay illustration

The fishing industry in Iceland is by far the most important industry in Iceland followed by the aluminum and tourism industry. Fish and Fish products constitutes about 70% of Iceland’s exported goods. Main fish being exported include cod, haddock, Saithe, redfish, herring and capelin, which as all mainly exported to the UK, Germany, USA, Norway, Spain, Holland depending on the fish and product.

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other species of faxaflói bay illustration

On our whale watching tours we often encounter other species that don't belong to the whale and dolphin families. The various migratory and local seabirds, seals and even sharks bring surely added value to our tours. 

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