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...

Saturday, 09 August 2014

2014_08_09_1400_Researcher_Letizia (3)Tour at 17:00 This tour has unfortunately been cancelled due to unfavourable weather in the bay. Please do not hesitate to contact us through elding@elding.is or on +(354) 519 5000 if you have any questions or concerns...

Friday, 08 August 2014

2014_08_08_1400_Researcher_Letizia (2)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The tour started with a bit of rain and the wind was even picking up a bit. Later it was dry and we saw the orange light at the sky. We began our sighting series with a pod of white-beaked dolphins and bit later a second one in total of up to 9 individuals. Some of them have been breaching and leaping in the distance and we saw them surfing together in one wave or swimming relatively close ...

Thursday, 07 August 2014

2014_08_07_0900_Hafsulan_Elin (13)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The weather had gotten a bit nicer on this tour and it started out really well. After only about 30 minutes, we found a basking shark! It was feeding in the surface extremely close to our boat, at one point it even touched the boat...

Wednesday, 06 August 2014

2014_08_06_Hafsulan_0900_Research_Letizia (9)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: Leaving Reykjavík older harbour in brilliant weather it didn't take us a long time to spot the first minke Whales in a distance. Knowing that earlier in the day there were great sightings in an other area we decided to head on...

Tuesday, 05 August 2014

2014_08_05_0900_Elding_Researcher (9)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The rain stopped before our tour started, so we found again great conditions of a calm, flat sea. We were hoping to find the food rich area from the tour before and after a while we reached it. A lot of seabirds were around like black-backed seagulls following one of the 6 minke whales and plunge feeding northern gannets ...

Monday, 04 August 2014

2014_08_04_0900_Hafsulan_Letizia (3)Report from Hafsúlan: The wind was calming down in the afternoon and some of the cloud cover lifted when we 'set sails'. Our first minke whale was visible from far away and upon approach was peacefully surfacing close to the boat. However, it changed direction quite frequently and unpredictably, making it so much more exciting, when the whale suddenly surfaced only 20 meters from the boat...

Sunday, 03 August 2014

2014_08_03_0900_Researcher_Jonathan (1)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: We took our way out to Faxaflói behind Engey (one of the puffin colony island) in the shelter of Esja heading towards Akranes while the wind was blowing quite strong. So we had a quiet ride out but as we didn't see any cetacean in this area we opened our course heading into more white caps and a bit of a roller coaster ride, when we were changing directions. The sky was overcast the whole tour through but the sun was still high up at the sky visible through a cloud layer ...

Saturday, 02 August 2014

2014_08_02_1300_Researcher_Celine (13)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The winds were still nonexistent in the Faxaflói bay as we headed out at 5 pm. We went to the area where we had seen the minke whales on an earlier tour and did find them again. However, this time the minke whales were not surfacing...

Friday, 01 August 2014

2014_08_01_1000_Researcher_Letizia  (9)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The northerly winds had picked up as we sailed out of the harbour this afternoon. After around 45 minutes into the tour, a big splash was seen in front of the boat. It must have been from a minke whale or a humpback whale but...

Thursday, 31 July 2014

2014_07_31_1400_ Megan (7) Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: better conditions than today allowed us to take a somewhat different route out this evening. We sailed more directly out instead of going close to the shore. The midnight sun was stunning on this tour, the last midnight one of this summer...

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

2014_07_30_1300_Researcher_Jonathan (3)Tour at 17:00 and 20:30 has unfortunately been cancelled today because of the unfavourable sea conditions and whale difficulty. Sorry for the inconvenience and if you require further information please come and see us at the office (open till 9pm), call us on +354 519 5000 or email us on elding@elding.is.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

2014_07_29_1000_Jack(5)Tour at 20:30 Unfortunately we took the difficult decision to cancel this evenings tours due to unfavourable sea conditions and difficult minke whales. Sorry for the inconvenience and if you require further information please come and see us at the office (open till 9pm), call us on +354 519 5000 or email us on elding@elding.is.

Monday, 28 July 2014

2014_07_28_Hafsulan_Research_Celine (4)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: Though there had been some rain over the course of the day we had a nice dry tour, add that to clear sky over the volcano Snæfellsjökull and we had weather that was just... spectacular...

Sunday, 27 July 2014

2014_07_27_0900 Elding (5)Tour at 20:30 Report from Hafsúlan: The clouds were dark as we headed out tonight and after some search we spotted 1 Minke whale that surfaced very close to the boat..

Saturday, 26 July 2014

2014_07_26_0900 Elding (1)Report from Elding: The boat was sailing out showered in the warm sun rays of the midnight sun. Almost no cloud and wind made the trip very enjoyable weather wise. Really early in the tour we discovered a Minke Whale surfacing and changing directions frequently...

Friday, 25 July 2014

2014_07_25_Elding_1300_(6)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: after some midnight tours of late on which it was hard to find whales, this one was providing us with a strange feeling and the rainy weather and poor visibility did not help. However, only minutes after leaving Reykjavik, we came across some Harbour Porpoises.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

2014_07_24_0900 Elding (2)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: Calm seas greeted us this evening as we headed out onto Faxa bay for the sixth and final time today. We had reports of a cetacean very close to the harbour from the previous tour so....

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

2014_07_23_Hafsula_Research_Celine (15)Tour at 20:30 Unfortunately we had to cancel the evening tour as the weather conditions were getting worse. We are sorry for inconveniences caused. Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: It was quite windy as we headed out. We decided to sail south along the Reykjanes peninsula to avoid the weather and it took us quite long to find something. But finally, after...

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

2014_07_22_1700 Research Jon (2)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: we went out under darkening skies and rainy conditions and went straight out to where Hafsúlan had seen the Humpback Whale just an hour or two before. Unfortunately it had vanished into the blue sea and we did not find it.

Monday, 21 July 2014

2014_07_21_1300 Elding (6)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: The sun was peaking out from the clouds as we headed out this evening. After sailing for about a hour we spotted a Minke whale. The animal surfaced 2-3 times before it took a deeper dive...

Sunday, 20 July 2014

2014_07_20_Hafsulan_Imma (15)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: The sky was fairly cloudy above us but far in the west we could see clear sky where luckily this was where the sun was about to set. Plus fantastic sea conditions made for a great tour even without any whales...

Saturday, 19 June 2014

2014_07_19_Hafsula_0900_Research_Celine (8)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: This evening was very calm and conditions were good as we headed out into the bay for the sixth and final time today. We had to go quite far out this evening as with previous....

Friday, 18 July 2014

2014_07_18_1400_Jack(6)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: The weather had improved considerably as the day wore on and this evening we had near perfect conditions. The skies were overcast and the wind was quite calm. We decided to....

Thursday, 17 July 2014

2014_07_17_1300_Carine (6)Tour at 20:30 Report from Hafsúlan: It was getting a little windier and colder but it did at least not rain on us when we sailed out into the midnight sun. We sailed for over two hours without any sightings accept from a few sea birds flying around, then we spotted a blow or a splash coming from the water surface in about 800 m distance. We headed in that direction ...

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

2014_07_16_1300 Elding (5)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: It looked rather cloudy as we headed out this evening and very soon during our trip we had a few minutes of refreshing rain before the sky cleared up a little bit and we managed to see some sun glares ...

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

2014_07_15_Hafsula_1700_Celine (4)Report from Elding: The sun was slowly setting, but piercing through the clouds randomly throughout the tour. The wind had settled down, leaving the bay in calm conditions -perfect for whale watching. Already early on many splashes ahead of us made us aware of the presence of a small pod of three White-beaked Dolphins. They were approaching us initially and were swimming along side of us. One dolphin with a very distinctly shaped dorsal fin was even breaching several times...

Monday, 14 July 2014

2014_07_14_0900_Elin (5)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: The weather was excellent as we headed out this evening. The seas were calm and the visibility stunning. After about an hour, we spotted some splashes in the distance which turned out to be produced by leaping white-beaked dolphins. We spent a good amount...

Sunday, 13 July 2014

2014_07_13_Elding_Dominik_(8)Tour at 20:30 Report from Hafsúlan: we sailed out with one of the biggest midnight tour passenger number we have ever had and the midnight sun greeted us as we did. However, we were slightly concerned as for the past few days the midnight tour has not experienced too good sightings. However, those worries ended up being without reason as after about one hour of searching, the perfectly calm waters of the bay tonight provided us with 3-4 Minke Whales...

Saturday, 12 July 2014

2014_07_12_1400_ Jonathan (2)Report from Elding: The skies were beautifully lid up when we sailed out into Faxa Bay. The mind-blowing visibility granted us the best look at Snaefellsjokull while the sun was setting in a firework of reds, yellows and oranges. Towards Reykjavik a rainbow coloured the skies in the spectrum of light...

Friday, 11 July 2014

2014_07_11_Elding_Researcher (7)Tour at 2030 Report from Elding: We sailed out on a calm and beautiful Faxaflói tonight. As we went through many areas searching for whales, the sky was nicely lit by the midnight sun and we had a stunning look at the Snæfellsjökull glacier...

Thursday, 10 July 2014

2014_07_10_1400 Elding-Research (10)Tour at 20:30 Is Unfortunately cancelled due to unfavourable weather. Sorry for the inconvenience and contact us is you need more information either by stopping by the office, sending us an email (elding@elding.is) or calling us on +354 519 5000 for more information.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014

2014_07_09_Elding_Elin_(4)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: The weather was nice as we headed out on the bay tonight as the winds had calmed down. It did not take us long to find the first minke whales. There were around three of them. They were feeding in the surface, lunging and even rolling...

Tuesday, 08 July 2014

2014_07_08_1000_Elding_Linda (2)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: The wind was about the same as the 17:00 tour but the swell had increased a little and everyone tested their sea legs. It took us longer to find the whales on this tour, but with patience and determination we found one and it surfaced many times but always more than 100 meters from the boat and always unpredictably as it kept changing direction...

Monday, 7 July 2014

2014_07_07_1000_Elding_Jonathan(2)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: we market the midnight tour as 'Whales in the Midnight Sun' but sometimes the whales are missing and sometimes the midnight sun is. Tonight, however, we had both and on a grand scale at that! We started off after close to an hour of searching in just as good as perfect conditions with 2-3 Minke Whales

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