Thursday, 24 July 2014

2014_07_24_0900 Elding (2)Tour at 14:00 Report from Elding: This afternoon we sallied once more out to the bay in much improved conditions from this morning, making for excellent whale watching conditions. Our search began in an area...

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

2014_07_23_Hafsula_Research_Celine (15)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 around 80 minutes, a pod of harbour porpoises was found...

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 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we went out towards where we had had the Basking Shark and the rolling Minke Whale earlier today, but apart from a reasonable number of birds, we did not spot either blows or their owners ...

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

Sunday, 06 July 2014

2014_07_06_1300_Carine (8)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: As we headed out into the bay for our midnight tour it was still fairly windy and the lighting conditions made it difficult to spot animals in the water. Nevertheless, some of our very talented spotters found a pod of White-Beaked Dolphins...

Saturday, 05 July 2014

2014_07_05_0900_Researcher_Letizia(1)Unfortunately due to weather we need to cancel the tours at 10am, 1pm, 2pm, 5pm and 8:30pm. Please stop by the office, send us an email (elding@elding.is) or call +354 519 5000 for more information.

Friday, 04 July 2014

2014_07_04_Elding_1300_Elin_(11)Unfortunately due to weather we need to cancel the tours at 10am, 2pm, 5pm and 8:30pm. Please stop by the office, send us an email (elding@elding.is) or call +354 519 5000 for more information.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

2014_07_03_ 1300 _Baldur (3)Tour at 20:30 Unfortunately due to unfavourable weather conditions in Faxaflói Bay we have cancelled the evening tour, Whales in the Midnight Sun. Tour at 17:00 Report from Elding: We left the harbour in Grindavík with high hopes - to find the orcas o humpback whales from the last trip again... We did not manage to find anything in the area where we had seen them ...

Wednesday, 02 July 2014

2014_07_02_0900_Elding_Dominik (4)Tour at 20:30 Unfortunately due to unfavourable weather conditions we have cancelled the 20:30 tour today. Please call +354 519 5000 or send us an email via elding@elding.is for more information.

Tuesday, 01 July 2014

2014_07_01_0900_Elding (7)Unfortunately the 13:00, 14:00, 17:00 and 20:30 tours have been cancelled due to unfavourable weather. If your require further information please email us at elding@elding.is, call us at +354 519 5000 or stop by our office.

Monday, 30 June 2014

2014_06_30_0900 Elding (7)Tour at 20:30 is unfortunately cancelled. If your require further information please email us at elding@elding.is, call us at 519 5000 or drop down to us at the ticket office.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

2014_06_29_0900 Elding (10)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: The midnight tour was wonderful this evening with great on board musicians playing on the way back with the midnight sun behind us, 7-9 minke whales that were milling, traveling and feeding all around us...

Saturday, 28 June 2014

2014_06_28_1300_Elding_Heather (9)Report from Elding: The midnight sun that day was simply spectacular. Blue skies and mild winds were the conditions we sailed out at into the Bay of Faxafloí. Already near the lighthouse Grótta the first Minke Whale surfaced three times until it disappeared from view. We made our way further out into the bay and soon enough two other Minke Whales were sighted. The individuals swam slowly and surfaced almost simultaneously next to each other...

Friday, 27 June 2014

2014_06_27_1300_Researcher_Letizia (32)Tour at 20:30 Report from Hafsúlan: We went out to the midnight tour in excellent weather, it was warm, sunny, and the sea as calm as it can ever get. After about 40 minutes sailing we spotted the first Minke Whale of the evening...

Thursday, 26 June 2014

2014_06_26_1400_Researcher_Jonathan (2)Report from Elding: We went out for the midnight sun tour but the sky was completely covered with clouds but somehow some sunlight fell on Mount Esja and beside it was a round spot of a part of a rainbow visible. We left the harbour with the wind at our back heading into the rain which became intenser during the trip. That´s why we don´t have pictures unfortunately, to prove our great sighting success ...

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

2014_06_25_1000_Researcher_Celine(0)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: The weather had really calmed down this evening, the sea was very flat and on the way out we couldn´t feel the wind. It was a very pleasant journey that could only be made better with whales...

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

2014_06_24_1300 Elding (3)Tour at 20:30 and 17:00 is unfortunately cancelled due to unfavourable weather. If your require further information please email us at elding@elding.is, call us at 519 5000 or drop down to us at the ticket office.

Monday, 23 June 2014

2014_06_23_1700_Elding_Dominik (76)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: this was a difficult tour. The south-eastern wind was always on the increase, causing uncomfortable boat movements. As to whales, they were there for sure but playing very difficult. Three or four times we saw big splashes, suggesting a a breaching whale...

Sunday, 22 June 2014

2014_06_22_1700_Research_Letizia (1)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: The day had been getting better and better, every tour improving upon the last. Though the last tour was excellent this one could still match it for quality. We were treated to perfect weather conditions...

Saturday, 21 June 2014

2014_06_21_Hafsula_Research_Letizia_(6)Tour at 2030 Report from Elding: What a beautiful evening! We enjoyed a calm weather as we headed out this evening and soon, we found our first minke whale. It came up 4 or 5 times...

Friday, 20 June 2014

2014_06_20_1000_Carine (3)Tour at 20:30 Report from Hafsúlan: It was a difficult tour this evening with the strong swell on the way out of the bay and the very elusive minke whales. We did encounter one minke whale though which surfaced twice, but very low so that you could barely see the whale, the waves didn´t really help either. We searched some more for others but minke ...

Thursday, 19 June 2014

2014_06_19_1300 Researcher (1)Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: The weather this evening as we headed out was quite rough with some white capped waves and strong winds. Despite that we were quite confident as we headed out and began...

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

2014_06_18_1300 Elding (3)Tour at 20:30 Report from Hafsúlan: we were only about half an hour out of the harbour when the first Minke Whale of approximately 4 popped up. All were very docile and easy to watch, blows were loud and reasonably clear, and one of them even interestingly popped its head rather high up in a distance

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Tour at 20:30 is unfortunately cancelled due to unfavourable weather. If your require further information please email us at elding@elding.is, call us at 519 5000 or drop down to us at the ticket office.

Monday, 16 June 2014

2014_06_16_1300_Elding (5)Tour at 20:30 Report from Hafsúlan: The ocean was smooth as a mirror as we headed out this evening. We had only sailed for a couple of minutes as we spotted our first Harbour porpoise out of 2-3 that we saw this tour. After about 30 minutes we spotted a Minke whale in the distance. The animal surfaced around us between frequent and long deep dives. It was hard to spot the animal so after a while we decided to head ...

Sunday, 15 June 2014

2014_06_15_0900_Megan 05Tour at 20:30 Report from Elding: The first midnight tour of the summer was conducted tonight! It was cloudy this evening so unfortunately we didn't get a look at the midnight...

Saturday, 14 June 2014

2014_06_14_1000_Elding_Jonathan (5)Tour at at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The sun came out and we had the most perfect weather this afternoon. Close to the harbour we spotted the first Minke whale which surfaced calmly but was very elusive so it swam away quickly. As we sailed around we spotted 3-4 more minke whales but like the first one, they all seemed to be quite elusive and hard to ...

Friday, 13 June 2014

2014_06_13_0900_Researcher (2)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: by far the best tour on this boat today. It did take us around two hours to find a Minke Whale but once we finally did, while we were tracing a blow in a distance, it was an awesome one and well worth the time it took to find it.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

2014_06_12_1000_Jack(4)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: The weather this afternoon was much the same as we headed out onto the bay for our last trip of the day. We decided this time around to head further south and begin our...

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

2014_06_11_1700_Hafsulan_Elin (1)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: It had calmed down even more this morning when we left the Reykjavík habour. Still, the sky was clear and the temperatures were comfortable...

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

2014_06_10_Elding_Jonathan (8)Tour at 17:00 Report from Hafsúlan: we went out and along the way listened to some stories on the radio of how many whales of how many species were being seen out there, thinking we'd have to take them with a pinch of salt as it sounded as if the captains were just joking between themselves. However, the sight of two massive blows in some distance made us think for a while that maybe they hadn't been joking.

From our whale diary