17th June 2024

16 Jun 2024

Whale Safari Guides

Whale Safari Guides

Species seen today: humpback whale, minke whale, white-beaked dolphin, harbour porpoise

Birds seen today: Greylag goose, mallard, common eider, Eurasian oystercatcher, purple sandpiper, Arctic skua, Atlantic puffin, black guillemot, razorbill, common guillemot, black-legged kittiwake, black-headed gull, herring gull, great black-backed gull, glaucous gull, lesser black-backed gull, Arctic tern, red-throated diver, European storm petrel, northern fulmar, manx shearwater, northern gannet, great cormorant, common starling.

10:00 - The weather was quite cloudy and a bit windy when we sailed out of the harbor, so everyone was quite excited. We stopped by Engey and were able to see lots of puffins, northern fulmars and some Eider ducks. After a few minutes we kept going and from a distance spotted a pod of 10-15 white beaked dolphins that were quite excited to see us, jumping around and bow riding quite a few times. In the same area we were also able to spot 3 minke whales that came really close to our boat quite a few times and, after that we were able to spot another pod of about 5-8 white beaked dolphins that were surrounded by many northern gannets diving as well as some arctic skuas and a few arctic terns. All in all, it was a great tour and everyone on board was pretty excited about it.

Crew: Captain Miquel & Guide Mariana, Captain Pedro & Guide Eline

12:00 - The weather was good as we headed out to find whales. It didnt take us long to find 1 Harbour Porpoise but it only showed its beautiful presence for a few times. So we kept heading out. Then we saw splashes in the distance - the white-beaked dolphin were breaching! We spent most of our time with about 6 white-beaked dolphins that were swimming around us and followed us. Then we kept moving to see if we could find something else and we did. 3 minke whales were swimming in close proximity and in every direction. But our time has come to an end, so we headed back. The weather by then got foggy but the sea was quite calm.

Crew: Captain Gunni & Guide Kylie

14:00 - Although there was almost no wind, a relatively high swell created some fun waves on our way out into the bay. We reached an area where northern gannets were plungediving, and before we knew it we found ourselves surrounded by minke whales. The first minke whale was very small and probably very young, and the other two were adults who were clearly very curious about the boat. They came very close to us, sometimes almost within touching distance of the boat. In the meantime, three harbour porpoises calmly swam past us and surfaced several times. After some wonderful moments, we continued to search for something else and saw white-beaked dolphins jumping high out of the water. There were probably fifty dolphins spread out in the area, and many of them were showing off their acrobatics with headslaps, inverted leaps and vertical jumps - what a celebration of Iceland´s independence day! 

Crew: Captain Miquel & Guide Mariana, Captain Pedro & Guide Eline

16:00 - The weather was nice but the seastate a little choppy. But our guest enjoyed the ride with the RIBs. It didnt take us long to find a pod of 8 white-beaked dolphins. They were very active and we loved it. Breaching, surfacing at high speed, diving under our boat. They did it all. We also had 2 minke whales sneaking around us, showing us their dorsal fins. We headed out a little further after a while and we saw a group of birds, so we decided to go for it. We waited for about 10 minutes and then - a blow behind us! It was a Humpback Whale! We waited again for 2-3 minutes and it surfaced again, but not just that, it showed us its amazing fluke and went down. Since we waited for quite some time and our time has come to an end we went vack to the harbour with happy faces on everyones faces.

Crew: Captain Gunni & Guide Kylie

20:00 - As we went out to find great wildlife it was a little rainy but that of course didnt stop us. Soon we found 6 white-beaked dolphins. They were pure joy, showing us everything they had in Stock. Swimming next to our boat, breaching, tail slapping... we loved watching the show. But we also wanted to see if we could find the humpback whale again. So we kept going, but the white-beaked dolphin stick with us the whole time. They kind of followed us. And suddenly in the distance we spotted a big dorsal fin. So we went for it. And we spotted it right, we found the humpback whale again. It was beautiful, it surfaced and we could see its blowhole and the barnacles on its face, also the white pectoral fins were shimmering in the water. We and the white-beaked dolphin stayed to be in its presence. Then it was coming right under our back of the boat and was looking at us from underwater for about 1 minute. Then it disappeared in the depth of the ocean. We saw it surfacing again but then had to go back. It was an awesome end of a great tour.

Crew: Captain Gunni & Guide Kylie

Today we are ON SCHEDULE for all of our tours: Puffin Watching at 09:00, 10:30, 13:00, 14:30 & 16:00 and Whale Watching at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00 & 20:00 are ON SCHEDULE

For more information come see us at Ægisgarður 5D, email us at info@whalesafari.is 

or call us on +354 497 0000

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