Tuesday, 23 September 2014

2014_09_23_0900_Hafsúlan_Jonathan (3)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: the wind was getting stronger by the day but it rained a little less than in the morning. We began by going to the area where we had gotten good sightings of the minke whales in the morning tour. ..

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Unfortunately the tours at 09:00 and 13:00 have been cancelled due to rough sea conditions. Please call +354 519 5000, stop by our ticket office before 18:00 or send an email to elding@elding.is for further information.

Monday, 22 September 2014

2014_09_22_0900_Hafsúlan_Jonathan (2)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: It rained more and the wind was getting stronger with more waves on the bay so the boat rocked more than it had done this morning. We headed south to get shelter from Reykjanes peninsula but it was not easy to find a lot of life on the way...

Saturday, 20 September 2014

2014_09_20_1300_Elding (7)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: As we left for our tour this afternoon we found perfect sighting conditions in the bay. There was a bit of sun and almost no wind, with the ocean surface almost as calm as a mirror. Shortly after leaving the harbour we turned around after hearing about a minke whale sighting ...

Friday, 19 September 2014

2014_09_19_1300_ Baldur (1) Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The rain spotted and we could enjoy this tour in dryness, the sun pushing through the clouds and the sun's rays shining over the landscape. It took us a while to spot our first marine mammal but once we did it was none stop there after...

Thursday, 18 September 2014

2014_09_18_1300_Elding (7)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: As we left the harbour this afternoon we were greeted by almost perfect conditions for sighting cetaceans. There was light rain pretty much throughout the tour, but there was almost no wind and the ocean surface was of a perfect light grey colour. It did not take very long until our encounter with the first minke whale ...

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

2014_09_17_0900_Hafsúla_Letizia (1)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: it was getting a little colder as the day went by and we got a light rain on us every now and then through the tour. The sea conditions were just amazing, the sea was very flat and bright which made it easy for us to spot animals from a great distance. The tour began with a very friendly minke whale...

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

2014_09_16_1300_Elding (7)Report from Hafsúlan: The sky was only slightly clouded and we enjoyed the sun the whole tour through. The water surface still looked quite smooth with very little wind even the boat was constantly going up and down in the swell. We saw some bird life and the most impressive was a huge flock of brent geese flying landwards crossing our way. After not too long ...

Monday, 15 September 2014

2014_09_15_1700_Carine (4)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: Our third tour today also started in Hafnarfjörður but ended in Reykjavík. There was a bit of wind and still swell. Our "birdwatching" tour this evening was quite diverse ...

Sunday, 14 September 2014

2014_09_14_Elding (2)Unfortunately the tours at 09:00, 13:00 and 17:00 have been cancelled due to rough sea conditions. Please call +354 519 5000, stop by our ticket office before 18:00 or send an email to elding@elding.is for further information.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

2014_09_13_1300Hafsúlan_ (3)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The wind was getting stronger again after the calm afternoon but the sun was still able to shine down on us between the clouds. The sea conditions were getting a little tougher and the waves whiter when we sailed out on the bay this evening...

Friday, 12 September 2014

2014_09_12_1700_Elding_Sigurlaug  (8)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we sailed out from Keflavik in windy conditions but mainly sheltered by the land where we went so the sea conditions were favourable.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

2014_09_11_1700_Elding (2)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: Because we spent most of this tour fairly close to shore there were less waves and it did not take us very long to find the first minke whale. That was how our non-stop sighting period started. For about one and a half hours we were constantly watching some minke whale ...

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

2014_09_10_0900_Researcher_Letizia (6)Tour at 17:00 Unfortunately the tour at 17:00 has been cancelled due to rough sea conditions. Please call +354 519 5000, stop by our ticket office before 18:00 or send an email to elding@elding.is for further information.

Tuesday, 09 September 2014

2014_09_09_1300_Elding_Sigurlaug (5)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: We decided to sail in a different direction than we had done in the afternoon tour to escape the strong wind and big waves. we sailed east along side Reykjanes peninsula where we got shelter from the wind. The sea was calm but unfortunately the animal life was also calm this evening...

Monday, 08 September 2014

2014_09_08_1300_Elding_Heiður (2)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: it was slowly clearing up but still the clouds covered most of the sky this evening. The wind was not as strong like it had been in the afternoon tour and the swells not as high which made the searching for the cetaceans easier. ..

Sunday, 07 September 2014

2014_08_09_0900_Researcher_Jonathan (6)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we went out from Reykjavik on the last tour of the day. We saw 1 harbour porpoise close to Reykjavik but the conditions were otherwise not ideal for spotting whales; swell, rain, fog, and limited visibility. An hour or so into the tour, another whale-watching boat informed us that they had a few dolphins...

Saturday, 06 September 2014

2014_09_06_0900_Researcher_Letizia (4)Report from Hafsúlan: The light rain was coming and going and at the beginning of the tour we were without references of landscape around us but it cleared up more and more, so that Reykjanes appeared in front of us and for one moment we even saw a bit of sky. The wind and swell got less and the spotting conditions better. Suddenly a minke whale crossed our way. It was travelling fast and coming up 6 times in a row every few seconds ...

Friday, 05 September 2014

2014_09_05_0900_Researcher_Letizia (1)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: this time we sailed to the west instead of going straight out. We had excellent view of Seltjarnarnes and the Grótta lighthouse before turning out into the bay. The wind was stronger than it had been during the day and there was bad visibility, we could barely see Akranes and Hvalfjörður for instance...

Thursday, 04 September 2014

2014_09_04_0900_Elding_ Megan  (7)Tour at 17:00 Reports from Hafsúlan: The swell was still little but a bit shorter as on the tour before and the wind got a bit stronger and colder as it was a northwesterly direction. But we had one of this rare tours were the sun was shining 3 hours on us, no clouds covering it, just bordering the horizon. After a while ...

Wednesday, 03 September 2014

2014_09_03_0900_Researcher_Jonathan (3)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: it was raining a lot in Reykjavík when we headed out this evening but it cleared up when we got further away on the bay. We headed straight to the area where we had seen the minke whales in the afternoon tour. Just right after we slowed down in the area we saw the first minke whale of the tour with many more to come...

Tuesday, 02 September 2014

2014_09_02_1700_Researcher_Jonathan (12)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: it rained now and then on us this evening while the sun sneaked down between the clouds. It took us longer than one hour to see the first whale of the tour, a minke whale. The whale came up just in front of the boat in about 400 meters distance...

Monday, 1 September 2014

2014_09_01_0900_Researcher_Jonathan (1)Unfortunately the tour at 17:00 has been cancelled due to rough sea conditions. Please call +354 519 5000, stop by our ticket office before 18:00 or send an email to elding@elding.is for further information.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Since a strong gale is forecast today, we have decided to cancel the 9am, 10am, 1pm and 2pm whale watching tours and the 11am sea angling tour. Decisions regarding the afternoon tours will be made in due time. For further information, please stop by the ticket office, send us an email (elding@elding.is) or call +354 519 5000. Weather forecasts from the Icelandic met office can be found on www.vedur.is

Saturday, 30 August 2014

2014_08_30_0900_Hafsulan_Heidur (5)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The weather was absolutely stunning as we left the harbour in Reykjavík this afternoon. It was calm, sunny and the seas were nice despite a long, deep westerly swell. It started with a pod of white-beaked dolphins that were travelling northwards. There were about 4 individuals...

Friday, 29 August 2014

2014_08_29_1000_Elding_Baldur (1)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: It had been a great day so far with fantastic weather and we certainly didn´t want it stop this evening. There was still some rain but it was very light and our visibility was still very good across the bay...

Thursday, 28 August 2014

2014_08_28_1700_Hafsulan_Jonathan (2)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: Finally the cloud cover broke up more that we could enjoy the sunshine on us, but as well on certain parts of our surroundings like the mountain chain Esja or the capital Reykjavik. We found 2 minke whales which we could not identify one closer and one a bit further on the other side. In the end we saw both appearing alternately on two different places in a very short time interval so it was impossible to be the same ...

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

2014_08_27_1300_Hafsulan_Researcher (2)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The tour started out with almost no wind, moderate amount of sunshine and calm sea - excellent whale watching weather. Initially, we had to search for quite some time before we spotted a blow in the distance. This blow belonged to a minke whale that surfaced next to us just minutes after.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

2014_08_26_1300_Hafsulan_ElinTour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: This time around, we started the tour from Keflavík. Our passengers were driven from the old harbour in Reykjavík to Keflavík harbour and we headed out on the bay, aiming to end the tour in Reykjavík...

Monday, 25 August 2014

2014_08_25_Elding_Sigurlaug (4)Tour at 17:00 Due to strong winds and rough seas on the Faxaflói bay, we have had to cancel the 5pm tour. For further information, please stop by the ticket office, send us an email (elding@elding.is) or call +354 519 5000. Weather forecasts from the Icelandic met office can be found on www.vedur.is

Sunday, 24 August 2014

2014_08_24_1300_Hafsulan_Jonathan (2)Tour at 17:00 Due to strong winds on the Faxaflói bay, we have had to cancel this tour. For further information, please stop by the ticket office, send us an email (elding@elding.is) or call +354 519 5000. Weather forecasts from the Icelandic met office can be found on www.vedur.is.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

2014_08_23_1400_Elding_Dominik (9)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we had been out for about twenty minutes when we noticed a black head looking at us from a distance. I almost would have liked to believe that it was a mermaid but it would more realistically have been a common seal ...

Friday, 22 August 2014

2014_08_22_1300_Hafsulan_Dominik  (8)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: As the sun was setting the wind was getting stronger, but it was still pleasant to sail and watch for whales. Due to the great visibility we were also able to see Snæfellsjökull in the distance over-towering the bay of Faxafloí. We were searching already for quite some time when we got word of a minke whale in the area...

Thursday, 21 August 2014

2014_08_21_1000_Carine (11)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: Yet again, the wind had picked a notch on this tour but the skies were still clear, the sun was shining bright and the Snæfellsjökull glacier greeted us from across the bay as we sailed out of the harbour. This time around, it did take us quite a while to spot something...

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

2014_08_20_0900_Hafsulan_Research_Letizia (3)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: It was still quite windy this afternoon as we headed out. We had to sail for a while until we finally found some diving northern gannets. They were apparently feeding and seemed to be plummiting from the skies! Awesome...

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

2014_08_19_1700_Hafsulan_Researcher (1)Report from Hafsúlan: The weather was interchangeable throughout the tour: light wind, soft rain, sun shine in between, fog and rainbows - typical icelandic weather. After only 20 minutes we spotted a minke whale in the bay of Faxafloí. Our researcher identified the individual as 'Midi', a whale known for its small notch towards the tip of its dorsal fin...

Monday, 18 August 2014

2014_08_18_1700_Researcher_Letizia (2)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The wind was picking up more and there was still swell but most people enjoyed the blue sky and the sunshine. In the dust at the horizon Snæfellsnes and Reykjanes were to be seen and all the other mountains around. In this nice scenery we were struggling to show the passengers the cetacean even there were there beneath the waves. Some did a great job in spotting ...

Sunday, 17 August 2014

2014_08_17_Hafsulan_1300_Researcher_Letizia (3)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: We sailed onto a sunlit Faxaflói bay this afternoon and were greeted by a feeding minke whale quite early on in the tour. It was changing its speed and direction a lot and unfortunately, it did not really come up that frequently, so we decided to leave it after a while and head further. This decision, we did not have to regret because quite soon after...

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Due to strong northerly winds on the Faxaflói bay, we have had to cancel all our whale watching tours today. For further information, please stop by the ticket office, send us an email (elding@elding.is) or call +354 519 5000. Weather forecasts from the Icelandic met office can be found on www.vedur.is.

Friday, 15 August 2014

2014_08_15_1400_Carine (6)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The wind had picked up steadily this evening as we sailed along Faxa Bay's southern coast. We began our search by Kjalarnes and continued past Hvalfjörður and up to.....

Thursday, 14 August 2014

2014_08_14_1300_Researcher_Jonathan (3)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The sea conditions got rougher during the day as the swell increased and the wind got stronger too. So we had a roller coaster ride out into the long swell, wave up and down. Then it also started drizzling and later on we sailed under dark clouds of light rain. The landscape around us was vanishing partly in rain clouds, but we had a close look at Akranes by passing this fisherman's town ...

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

2014_08_13_1400_Researcher_John (3)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The sea calmed down even more and also the wind was less strong. There were some light clouds coming up and covering the sun but it was still bright. We stopped first by some diving gannets not far from land but no cetaceans where to be found around them so we continued on ...

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

2014_08_12_1000_Megan (0)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: It was really windy when we headed out and it got even windier as we went further. We sailed south along the Reykjanes peninsula with the wind from behind and managed to find a minke whale quite early. It surfaced 4 to 5 times before it...

Monday, 11 August 2014

2014_08_11_Hafslulan_1300_Researcher_Letizia (3)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: It was a beautiful sunny summer afternoon today. We sailed through lots of areas looking for some marine wildlife but did not get as much sightings as we had hoped for. After almost an hour and a half, we finally saw white-beaked dolphins...

Sunday, 10 August 2014

2014_08_10_1400_Hafsulan_Letizia (7)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: Even during the evening hours the area around Grindavik was calm and pleasant to sail in. Similar as what had been seen on earlier tours this day, the Northern Gannets were showing an amazing display of their hunting technique - plunging down deep into the water from up to 30 m height...

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