Thursday, 27 November 2014

2014_11_27_1300_ Charla_Basran (2) 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...

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

2014_11_04_1300_Hafsulan_Heiða (3)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: We tried our luck in Faxaflói today, sailing out from Reykjavík harbour. Sailed past the small island close to the coast and enjoyed the variety of seabird species still around...

Monday, 3 November 2014

2014_11_03_1300_Elding_Megan (5)Tour at 1300 Report from Elding: The weather was beautiful as we sailed out from Grindavik harbour, a 45 minute bus ride from our downtown Reykjavík main office. The sea conditions were very good to begin with but much more evident as we traveled farther from the coast.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Tour at 9:00 and 13:00 Unfortunately due to rough conditions at sea we have decided to cancel all whale watching tours today. Please send an email to elding@elding.is or call +354 519 5000 for further information...

Saturday, 1 November 2014

2014_11_01_1300_Hafsulan (5)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: the second tour of November was better than the first one thanks to a delightful pod of 10-15 white-beaked dolphins that we came across roughly north-west of Akranes...

Friday, 31 October 2014

Tour at 9:00 and 13:00 Unfortunately due to rough conditions at sea we have decided to cancel all whale watching tours today. Please send an email to elding@elding.is or call +354 519 5000 for further information.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

2014_10_30_HAF_13_Sigurlaug (5)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we sailed to another area this time, going to the area were we had seen the dolphins yesterday. We could not find any cetaceans there so we sailed further northeast to search there.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

2014_10_29_HAF_13_Heiður (7)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The weather was only getting better when we sailed out on the bay, the sea was very flat which always helps us in spotting these animals when they come up to the surface to breath...

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

2014_10_28_1300_Elding (2)Tour at 13:00 Report from Elding: again we departed from Grindavik and this time westbound. Again we sailed as far as we could but after about half an hour we came to an area that had such rough sea that we had to turn back and go east. We searched a bit to the east and found what may have been the same pod of harbour porpoises...

Monday, 27 October 2014

2014_10_27_1300_Elding_Elin (4)Tour at 13:00 Report from Elding: Our afternoon tour started and ended in Grindavík. At the other side of the Reykjanes we found some shelter from the strong northwesterly wind. We enjoyed the sunshine almost the whole tour through just towards the end of the tour it was raining a little on us but we saw the rain clouds and rain showers in the distance around us long before. Then at the moment we left the boat it started hailing, so we were very lucky the whole tour through. We found a big group of harbour porpoises splashing while swimming very fast not long after we left the harbour and another pod with a tiny calf swimming next to its mother towards the end ...

Sunday, 26 October 2014

2014_10_26_1300_Hafsúlan_Heiður (1)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The visibility at the landscape was very impressive allowing us to see up to Snæfellsnes. White and blue were the dominant colours, blue sky, white mountains and a blue ocean with white caps. After a short while we found a pod of white-beaked dolphins ...

Saturday, 25 October 2014

2014_10_25_1300_HAF_Sigurlaug (2)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: It was getting warmer and the cloud cover was not as thick as it had been this morning so the visibility was better. We sailed very far out on the bay and did not turn around until we were getting close to Keflavík...

Friday, 24 October 2014

Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The sea conditions were just as good as they had been this morning and it was even warmer with less wind. Because we had not seen anything on one of our best areas this morning we decided to try something else and sail further out on the bay than we usually do...

Thursday, 23 October 2014

2014_10_23_1300_Hafsulan (2)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: the wind had picked up and it was rainier and colder than had been in the morning. We sailed through the same area as we had the first dolphins in the morning but they were gone. We continued searching and after more than an hour, another whale-watching boat notified us of some dolphins...

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

2014_10_22_1300_Hafsúlan_Elin (2)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: It didn't stop raining the whole day but under the warm overalls people kept much dryer. The landscape vanished in the clouds which were covering everything. The wind was still provoking the white caps on the waves which made the search for the cetacean quite difficult under these circumstances. We found wildlife ...

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

2014_10_21_0900_Hafsúlan_Heiður (7)Tour at 13:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The sky was at the beginning quite blue and the sun was shining on us but more clouds covered a big part of the sky at the end of the tour. The visibility increased and the wind dropped down compared to the morning. We could even see the snowy mountains of Snæfellsnes up to Snæfellsjökull in the haze. The ocean surface was quite smooth but with undulation of the swell from the strong wind of the day before. We first found several flocks of a variety of birds, with a few northern gannets plunge diving a few times ...

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...

From our whale diary