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...

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...

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