Monday, 20 October

2014_10_20_1300_Elding_heiður (4)Report from Elding: This afternoon we started our tour in Grindavík because of the adverse sea conditions in Faxaflói Bay. When the wind is coming strongly from the north the sea is usually calmer on the south part of the Reykjanes peninsula where Grindavík is located...

Sunday, 19 October 2014

2014_10_19_0900_Hafsúlan_Elin (1)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The rain stopped short after we left the harbour and more of the surrounding landscape got visible during the tour. But the wind and the swell were increasing and made the search conditions much more difficult this afternoon. We had a nice view at a double and once even triple rainbow ...

Saturday, 18 October 2014

2014_10_18_1300_Hafsulan (2)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we went straight out to where we had had the minke whales in the morning, about a 50 minute journey from the harbour...

Friday, 17 October 2014

2014_10_17_1300_Hafsulan (4)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we sailed out towards we had seen Humpie in the morning but before we got to that area, we were notified by another whale-watching boat that they had seen a minke whale...

Thursday, 16 October 2014

2014_10_16_0900_HAF_ Mie (4)Tour at 13:00 It was getting windier by the day but the clouds were going away so the sun was able to shine down and warm us up. We went to see if we could find the dolphins again from the morning tour, when we arrived to the area we could find them but instead we saw 3 harbour porpoises swimming by...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

2014_10_15_HAF_0900_heiður (2)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: It was getting colder and windier by the day but fortunate not windy enough to make the sea wavy. The bay was not as lively as it had been this morning and it was much harder to find any cetaceans and when we found them they were much more elusive...

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

2014_10_14_1300_Hafsulan (1)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we had been out for a bit when we noticed that a pod of harbor porpoises was spread around us, usually 1-3 here and there. These ones did not vanish but they seemed a bit too busy to show us attention so on we went. Then the captain spotted the back of a minke whale...

Monday, 13 October 2014

2014_10_13_1300_Hafsulan (9)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: it was virtually windless and the surface of the sea was totally calm, we could see for miles on end. We sailed out and after about one hour we saw the back of a minke whale...

Sunday, 12 October 2014

2014_10_12_1300_Hafsúlan_Heiður (1)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The wind turned to the north but it felt calmer as we found a sheltered area behind mount Akrafjall as we were sailing along the coast towards Akranes. There were still some birds to be seen and some of them accompanied us for a while flying in the air currents close around the boat ...

Saturday, 11 October 2014

2014_10_11_1300_Carine (2)Tour at 13:00 Report from Elding: Our second tour of today also went out from Grindavík where we found shelter behind the land when we were close to coast but we noticed the strong wind when we reached the unprotected part of the North Atlantic Ocean. At the beginning we enjoyed the blue sky and sunshine but then thin clouds came up and covered the sun in a veil. After a short while we noticed the splashes of a pod of Harbour Porpoises ...

Friday, 10 October 2014

DSC_0207Tour at 13:00 Report from hafsúlan: the sun was shining on us when we sailed out on the calm bay this afternoon. We headed straight to the area where we had been getting the best sightings. It did not take us a long time to find the first group of white-beaked dolphins. These dolphins were travelling 4 together but we unfortunately did not get a very good look at them because they were spending so much time under water...

Thursday, 09 October 2014

2014_10_09_1300_Hafsulan (5)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: the wind from the morning had gone down a bit and the sea conditions were easier for wildlife spotting than they had been in the morning. We sailed out to the same area as yesterday and after some searching we spotted a minke whale...

Wednesday, 08 October 2014

2014_10_08_1300_Hafsulan (3)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: the wind from the morning had as good as died down in the afternoon. We started out with some harbour porpoises by the island of Akurey but they vanished soon so we continued further out. We noticed that, as this morning, there seemed to be a lot of food available in the bay, based on the number of bird feeding frenzies ...

Tuesday, 07_October 2014

2014_10_07_1300_HAF_Heiður (12)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we could not have asked for better weather with the sun shining on us and the sea as flat like it was today. We headed straight to the area where we had seen the dolphins on the morning tour. We had not even reached the area when we noticed breaching dolphins ahead...

Monday, 06 October 2014

2014_10_06_HAF_Sigurlaug_heiður (6)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: the sailing out on the bay was calm because then we were travelling with the wind and the swells. We headed straight to the area where we had seen the dolphins on the morning tour....

Sunday, 05 October 2014

2014_10_05_1300_Hafsúlan_Baldur (1)Report from Hafsúlan: We had similar conditions as in the morning but the last rain clouds disappeared and with them the rainbows but more blue sky was above us and more sunbeams did reach us. Soon after leaving the harbour we found harbour porpoises just in front of Viðey ...

Saturday, 04 October 2014

2014_10_04_1300_HAF (3)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: as soon as we had brought the passengers back to Reykjavik from the morning tour, we brought dry thermal suits onboard and sailed the ship over to Hafnarfjörður. There we brought the passengers for the afternoon tour onboard before heading out and westbound towards Keflavik...

Friday, 03 October 2014

2014_10_03_1300_Hafsulan (3)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we went out faced with the strong ocean winds already by the islands off Reykjavik. We sought shelter and scouted along land; observing snowy-peaked Mount Esja and Mount Akrafjall along the way. Then we turned out into the bay. After about an hour and a half, we spotted a blow that looked like a tall column...

Thursday, 02 October 2014

DSC_0001Tour at 13:00 It was raining heavily on us when we sailed out on the bay but of course we did not let that stop our enthusiasm to search for the cetaceans. It was windy but we decided to sail along the reykjanes peninsula to get shelter from the waves.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Tours at 9:00 and 13:00 Unfortunately we need to cancel today´s tours due to rough weather conditions at sea. Please contact our ticket office for further information. +354 519 5000 or elding@elding.is

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

2014_09_30_1300_HAF (4)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we went out after cancellations this morning and yesterday but were hit by the wind while trying to go out using our regular route so we had to pass by Videy and follow the shoreline up towards Hvalfjörður fjord where, due to stronger winds than we had expected from the weather map, we had to retreat inside...

Monday, 29 September 2014

Due to rough weather conditions at sea, we have cancelled all whale watching tours today. For further information please call +354 519 5000 or send us an email (elding@elding.is).

Sunday, 28 September 2014

2014_09_28_1300_HAF_Megan  (5)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: We sailed towards the area we saw lots of birds the last tour hoping our luck might change with the whales. It did, a minke whale surfaced just in front of our boat but only twice and very quickily. Some passengers saw it but not all. We carried on for a while and suddenly saw a splash, a small pod of white-beaked dolphins.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

2014_09_27_0900_Hafsulan (4)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: the air was more or less still and the sea surface was very flat and bright so it was easy to spot animals from a great distance. We headed to the area were we had seen the minke whales on the morning tour in hope to see them again...

Friday, 26 September 2014

2014_09_26_Hafsúlan_Jonathan (9)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: the wind was getting down and the sea surface flatter than in the morning tour but still we had long and big under swell since the day after. The sun was shining on us throughout the hole tour but it seemed that we were not getting as lucky with sightings as were with weather...

Thursday, 25 September 2014

2014_09_25_0900_Hafsulan (1)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: this being the last tour of the day, we decided to leave Hafnarfjörður and head towards Reykjavik while scouting along the way. The wind was rather strong and we got a bit wet at times from waves hitting the boat but otherwise it was an allright tour...

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

2014_09_24_Elding_LindaTours at 9:00 and 13:00 Unfortunately we need to cancel today´s tours due to rough weather conditions at sea. Please contact our ticket office for further information. +354 519 5000 or elding@elding.is

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 ...

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