Friday, 19 December 2014

2014_12_19_HAF_Sigurlaug (6)Tour at 13:00 Rport from Hafsúlan: The weather was fantastic when we sailed out on the bay this afternoon, the air was still and the mountains around us were all white with snow. We started to sail north towards a small fishing town called Akranes...

Thursday, 18 December 2014

2014_12_18_1300_Hafsulan (3)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: Today we went out from Hafnarfjörður as there we would be mostly sheltered from the wind and sailed towards Reykjavik but first we went a little to the west along the Vatnsleysuströnd coastline...

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The whale watching tour today has been cancelled due to rough conditions at sea. Please feel free to contact us via email elding@elding.is or give us a call +354 519 5000 if you need further information.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Unfortunately we have decided to cancel today's tour due to the storm. Please contact our ticket office for further information +354 519 5000 or elding@elding.is

Monday, 15 December 2014

2014_12_15_1300_HAF_Linda  (2)Tour at 13:00 Report for Hafsúlan: With all the bad weather that has been happening this December its great just to be going out into the bay. The sea conditions were good the sunrise/rise was beautiful and the landscape stunning with the new white frosting. It was however, incredibly cold, everyone made use of the warm overalls on board and the hot beverages we serve at the bar...

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Unfortunately we have decided to cancel today's tour due to unfavourable weather conditions at sea. Please contact our ticket office for further information +354 519 5000 or elding@elding.is

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we went out with almost a full boat and started off by going to the same area as we had seen the orcas in yesterday, however the conditions were different than yesterday; the wind was stronger and increasing, coming from the west on top of that. The sea surface was also full of swell and white tops. We first sailed to the southwest and then turned towards the north...

Friday, 12 December 2014

2014_12_12_1300_HAF (3)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: after two days of cancelled tours due to storm, we needed something to lift our spirits and that came in the shape of 2-3 orcas merely half and hour from Reykjavik...

Thursday,11 December 2014

Unfortunately due to rough weather conditions we have cancelled our whale watching tour today. Please contact our ticket office for more information. +354 519 5000 or elding@elding.is

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Unfortunately we have decided to cancel today's tour due to unfavourable weather conditions at sea. Please contact our ticket office for further information +354 519 5000 or elding@elding.is

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

2014_12_09_1300_Hafsulan (3)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we went out from Hafnarfjörður today as there we would be sheltered more than if we had gone from Reykjavik. Given the terrible snow storm and no visibility on the bus to Hafnarfjörður, we were pleasantly surprised to find that once we were out on the water, there was excellent visibility...

Monday, 8 December 2014

Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: as this tour would most likely be the last one before the strong storm hit tonight, we were hoping to repeat yesterday's success with the dolphins but sadly we were not lucky once we left Reykjavik harbour...

Sunday, 7 December 2014

2014_12_07_1000_Hafsulan (2)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we were not more than mile from the harbour when we found the white-beaked dolphins again, they seemed to have split up into smaller pods but we still saw maybe 30 plus close and in the distance. It was very beautiful how the low, warm, winter sun caught every detail on the dolphins body and their exhaled breathe...

Saturday, 6 December 2014

2014_12_06_1300_HAF_Megan (1)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: We were pleasantly surprised by how many lovely passengers joined us on a whale watching excursion today. A boat full of festive folks. During the month of December we offer our passengers a nice warm christmas drink with apple, cinnamon, cloves, orange and honey and homemade cookies that all the Elding crew made together in the end of November...

Friday, 5 December 2014

Unfortunately we have decided to cancel today's tour due to unfavourable weather conditions at sea. Please contact our ticket office for further information +354 519 5000 or elding@elding.is

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: Today we departed from Hafnarfjörður as that is where we left the boat yesterday and we decided to use the trip to bring it back to Reykjavik as the forecast for the weekend seems to allow tours from there and hopefully that will not change. This was the first really snowy day of the winter and all was beautifully covered in white...

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Tour at 13:00 Our first tour in the month of Desember took place today after three cancelled days in a row due to storm. We left from Keflavik and sailed towards Hafnarfjörður as we knew we would be mostly sheltered by land from the strong south-western wind...

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Due to rough weather conditions we have decided to cancel today's tour. Please contact us for further details +354 519 5000 or elding@elding.is.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Tour at 13:00 Unfortunately we need to cancel our whale watching tour yet again today due to rough weather at sea. Please contact our ticket office if you require more info.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

ALL tours today are cancelled due to hurricane like storm. Please contact our office for further information.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

2014_11_29_1300_ELD_Megan  (3)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan and Elding: It was a busy day for us here at Elding Whale Watching with over 200 passengers joining us for a sea adventure that we needed to take out both of our big whale watching vessels, Elding and Hafsúlan. The weather calmed down enough for one day so that we could explore Faxaflói. It only took us maybe 30 minutes sailing before we got word from another whale watching vessel about a few white-beaked dolphins...

Friday, 28 November 2014

Unfortunately due to rough conditions at sea, we have decided to cancel the whale watching tour today. Please contact our ticket office for further details (+354 519 5000 or elding@elding.is).

Thursday, 27 November 2014

2014_11_27_1300_ Heidur (6)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: And there were Orcas! Yay! Our first since July! Winter may be colder and harder but provided it also brings us Orcas, it is just fine.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

2014_11_26_1300_HAF_Heiður (4)Tour at 13:00 Report from hafsúlan: the bay was beautiful this day, it had snowed in the night so the mountains around us were white and the sun gave the clouds orange and red colors. We had only sailed for 30 minutes when a passenger spotted a...

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

2014_11_25_1300_HAF_Sigurlaug  (6)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: It was a blustery day out on the bay, hence we decided to sailed out of the harbour of Hafnafjörður, a town 20 minutes drive from Reykjavík to gain shelter from the southwesterly winds. Sea conditions were good where we were and saw a pod of 6-8 white beaked dolphins...

Monday, 24 November 2014

2014_11_24_1300_HAF_Sigurlaug (5)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: this was a good tour despite the strong south-southwestern wind. Nothing happened for a while until my co-guide Sigurlaug suddenly spotted some dorsal fins very close as she was standing at the rear of the boat...

Sunday, 23 November 2014

2014_11_23_1300_HAF_Heiður (2)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The weather was similar to yesterday, not so windy and quite calm water. We sailed out to the area where we had seen the dolphins on the yesterday tour. When we were arriving we saw big flocks of sea birds flying around and we knew that was a good sign there was a lot of fish in the area...

Saturday, 22 November 2014

2014_11_22_1300_HAF_Megan (12)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: the sea conditions were really good today so the sailing was very soft and it was easy for us to spot animals coming up to the surface from a great distance. We had only been sailing for 40 minutes when we spotted 3 white-beaked dolphins...

Friday, 21 November 2014

2014_11_21_1300_HAF_Sigurlaug_ (7)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: due to strong south easterly winds we decided to sail from Hafnarfjörður to gain shelter along the coast of the Reykjanes peninsula. The clouds were thick but luckily for us it staid dry through the most part of the tour.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: We sailed from Hafnarfjörður along the south coast of the Reykjanes peninsula to gain shelter from the strong southeasterly winds. It was quite comfortable as we headed west, enjoying all the seabirds gliding on the air currents...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

2014_11_19_1300_HAF_Sigurlaug (4)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: It is still quite warm compared to this time of the year and the wind was not very strong so the waves were not big. The clouds made the sea surface brighter which makes it always easier for us to spot the cetaceans when they come to the surface to breath

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

2014_11_18_1300_HAF_MeganTour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: Once again we had southeasterly winds so the sailing out was lovely and warm, we sailed straight to the areas we encountered a humpbacks yesterday but unfortunately the humpbacks had moved on...

Monday, 17 November 2014

2014_11_17_1300_HAF_Gulli og HeidurTour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: We first sailed west along the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula, past the beautiful Grótta lighthouse and carried on past. It was about 30 minutes after leaving the harbour, watching all the seabirds as we travelled, when our First Officer Gulli spotted a blow and a tail raising from the blue murky waters of Faxaflói Bay. A humpback whale...

Sunday, 16 November 2014

2014_11_16_1300_Elin_Hafsulan (4)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: second day in a row that was as good as a November day could ever be; chilly but virtually wind-free and incredible visibility as far as the eye could see. Our first sighting was of 2 white-beaked dolphins...

Saturday, 15 November 2014

2014_11_15_1300_HAF_Passenger_Joseph-LeMarTour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan and Elding: today was a wonderful day out on the water; calm, eastern wind, no white tops, and just a little cold. We had a large number of passengers so we went out on two boats so that there would not be much crowding and that everyone could see well. We went out together and Elding saw first a pod (10-15) of white-beaked dolphins...

Friday, 14 November 2014

2014_11_14_1300_HAF_Megan (5)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we had rather strong eastern and south-eastern wind on this tour so we decided the best thing would be to go along it to start with to have a more pleasant outbound journey, even if it would mean that the journey back might be rockier. After some time, we got help from an unexpected direction...

Thursday, 13 November 2014

2014_11_13_1300_HAF_Sigurlaug (11)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: the wind was not as strong as yesterday but still it was a bit rocky, especially on the way back to land because then we had to sail into the waves. We sailed first to the arias where we have been seeing the humpbacks and dolphins for the last few days.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

2014_11_12_1300_HAF_Megan (7)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: the wind was coming strongly from northeast making relatively high waves that rocked the boat while we headed out on the bay. We heard news from another boat that they had seen some white-beaked dolphins so we started to sail towards them.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

2014_11_11_1300_HAF_Elin (4)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: Another incredible tour with once again calm seas, snow capped mountains, blue skies, crisp wintery air, the birds and of course the wonderful humpback whale...

Monday 10 November 2014

2014_11_10_1300_HAF_Megan-6Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: what a day! It was beautiful in soooo many ways. The sunset, the calm seas, the snow capped mountains, blue skies, crisp wintery air, the birds and of course the two outstanding humpback whales we got to witness in the bay today...

Sunday, 9 November 2014

2014_11_09_HAF_1300_Elín (7)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: it was windy and cold on the bay today but the at least it wasn't raining and the waves were not that big. We had been sailing for about 50 minutes until we spotted two white-beaked dolphins.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

2014_11_08_ELD_1300_Elín (11)Tour at 13:00 Report from Elding: Today we started our tour in Grindavík because of the adverse sea conditions in Faxaflói Bay. The sea was quite calm for most part of the tour so we could see animals from great distance. We sailed east and it wasn't until we had turned around that we saw the first sign of cetaceans...

Friday, 7 November 2014

Tour at 13:00 Unfortunately we need to cancel the tour today due to rough weather. Please contact the ticket office for further information. +354 519 5000 or elding@elding.is

Thursday, 6 November 2014

2014_11_06_1300_Hafsulan (1)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we needed a good day today after the difficult days of late and we got it! It was eastern wind but only modest and it was only towards the end that we started seeing white tops, otherwise the surface was as calm as it could be this late into the year...

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we sailed out relatively close to land and stayed that way for a while as we had to drive the ship in accordance to what would be most comfortable in light of the strong eastern wind...

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