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  • White Beaked Dolphins Reykjavik Iceland Whale Watching

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14.7.2017 Whale watching

9:00

This Friday morning it rained, the sky was clouded and the wind was from southeast. Over the course of this wildlife excursion the visibility improved as it was reduced when we headed out on the bay of Faxaflói.When we entered the feeding ground there was some presence of birds which increased as we got further west. We searched through a location were there was a gathering of birds but with no further signs we continued. Further northwest we sighted dorsal fins which lead us to a pod of white beaked dolphins. They gave us some exposure and when we thought we had lost them they reappeared and came close to the ship. We managed to stay with the pod until they decided to lose us. We searched another location further to southwest were some dorsal fins had been sighted but after a thorough search we found no further signs and continued. Eventually the course was set to southeast and we returned to the Old harbour in Reykjavík.

Tour Status: ON

Sightings: White beaked Dolphins

 

10:00

Lilja sailed out of Reykjavik's Old Harbour for a whale watching cruise in the bay of Faxafloi. The many shades of grey of the North Atlantic Ocean were a wonder to behold. Easterly winds washed away our memories and we rode the same voluptuous swells our forefathers did hundreds of years ago. We saw a few Puffins, Northern Gannets and Northern Fulmars. Then we saw White Beaked Dolphins. We headed back to harbour.

 

Tour Status: ON

Sightings: White beaked Dolphins, Puffins

 

13:00

This Friday afternoon visibility had improved, the wind did slow down a little and the sun even showed itself for a while. There was still some wave movement from southeast which did not affect us when the course was set to northwest towards the feeding ground at the bay of Faxaflói.When we entered the feeding ground we detect some presence of seabirds, mainly puffin. Further northwest we came across a gathering of birds and a feeding frenzy did occur but with no further signs there we continued.We searched the feeding ground towards southwest and after that towards south.Eventually the course was set to east and we searched the southern part of the bay. Since the we did not have luck finding marine mammals on this tour we offered our passengers a complimentary tour so they can try again another time.

Tour Status: ON

Sightings: No - we offered our passengers a complimentary tour so they can try again another time

17:00

Andrea sailed out of Reykjavik's Old Harbour for a whale watching tour in the bay of Faxafloi. We headed west towards the feeding grounds hoping to find some whales which had proved fairly challenging previously that day. Armed with binoculars and braving the westerly swells we saw in the distance a large flock of seabirds feeding. We sailed towards it and when we got closer a Minke Whale appeared in front of us, to everyone's delight.There were myriads of birds such as Blacked Back Gulls, Northern Fulmars, Parasite Jaegers, Puffins, Northern Gannets, Kittiwakes. We kept following the birds and whenever they would form a large and dense flock anew we would spot a Minke Whale nearby. This was a pretty exciting cruise. Whale spotting ain't no joke in the bay of Faxafloi.

 

Tour Status: ON

Sightings: Minke Whales