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Return to Humpback Hill

Yesterday the sea smoothed out as the day progressed, with long swells providing a gentle rock. Throughout the day, white-beaked dolphins were sighted within the bay displaying a range of behaviours from restful surfacing to energetic porpoising through the waves. A humpback whale was also seen on each of our tours, close to an area that was nicknamed 'humpback hill' earlier in the summer due to their abundance at an undersea lava field. The humpbacks have not been seen in this area for some time and it was a welcome visitor on the tour. 

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Morning glory

Sailing through the fog in the morning was an amazing experience, leaving the harbour with the gaggles and gloves. We were riding the waves for 10 minutes when suddenly the fog was vanishing letting us enjoy the beautiful landscape of Faxaflói. We didn´t need to sail much longer to find our first minke whale surfacing for a couple of times before desappear. We decided to wait a while in the area and so glad we did because we could see at least 6 different individuals of minke whale swimming around. We did have time to spend with some of them, taking a good look before we decided to sail a bit more and look for something else. We were really lucky to came across a pod of white beaked dolphins which were in a good morning mood with one of them jumping few meters high above the water. Great start of the day!
Unfortunately the afternoon trip was not as lucky as the morning one, we did spot some harbour porpoises very close to the boat, then we stop the engine and the animals were swimming around the boat, although that was the only sighting of the trip, we did not see anything else so we offer to our passengers a complementary ticket to try luck next time!

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Happy Humpbacks

We returned to Keflavik today hoping to see the four humpbacks that were in the area yesterday. We were rewarded after the long journey with three large humpbacks just outside the harbour. They seemed very relaxed logging at the surface until one rolled onto it's side and started pectotral fin slapping. An amazing encounter with humpbacks on all three tours.

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Keflavik humpbacks

Today was a beautiful sunny day in Faxaflói so we decided to try our luck in Keflavik. After a long ride, we manage to spot two Humpbacks whales traveling together close to the shore. It was worth the ride and we had the privilege to see one of the Humpbacks breaching and pec slapping. In the afternoon tour we spotted three Humpbacks..great day for whale watching!!!!!

Humpback close to Keflavic

Humpback close to Keflavic

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Challenging Conditions

The sea was rather choppy throughout the day with a moderate breeze blowing from the east. On our latest tour we had many white-beaked dolphins jumping and playing in the rough sea that wowed our guests. A minke whale was also seen but this was a brief sighting as the animal was lost in the swell after performing a deep dive. One of our tours at midday was unfortunately complimentary.

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Tranquil Thursday

The smoothest sea all summer meant that yet again we were in for an incredible day on the water. Minke whales and harbour porpoises were sighted within ten minutes of leaving Reykjavik and continued to be a seen throughout the duration of the trip. With our engines switched off, we remained motionless in the bay, watching and listening to not only the cetaceans but the many gannets, as they squawked and dove towards the waters surface like arrows raining from the sky. A beautiful, relaxed day whale watching in Faxaflói.

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Terrific Tuesday

Extremely flat seas and beautiful blue skies meant for a great day of whale watching in Faxaflói. The mornings trips included three cetacean species; harbour porpoises, white beaked dolphins and minke whales. All were very easy to view in the mirror like conditions. Our passengers were treated to a display of speed and power from the dolphins and elegance from the whales and porpoises. At one moment we were able to turn our engines off and silently watch up to five minke whales surfacing all around the boat for 45 minutes.  

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Cloudy Friday

On our morning tour we saw a Minke whale, White-beaked dolphins and Harbor porpoises. The wind was picking up during the day and the waves were becoming bigger. On our second tour we had amazing encounter with one Minke whale. We were searching and waiting for the whale to surface up for some time, but when it surfaced it surprised us by diving under us, so close we saw its white markings on its flippers! Amazing! It dived under us one more time, and blew few bubbles to us :D We were all really enjoying in watching this whale. Besides that, we saw few impressive marine birds in the bay. On our last tour of the day we unfortunately didn't see any cetaceans so we offered complimentary tickets to our passengers. The wind picked up even more, and sea conditions became bad for whale watching, so we cancelled our afternoon tours. Hopefully, the weather will get better soon so we can go out again to watch these beautiful animals.

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

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Perfect whale watching conditions

Cloudy and flat sea today in Faxafloi, a great day for whale watching. In all the tours we were able to see some Puffins in Akurey, and out in the sea there was full of life. We could see Minke Whales and White-Beaked Dolphins in all the tours and plus some Harbour Porpoises in some of our tours. In some of the tours we also spot some pufflings and juvenile Guillemots with the parents.

The weather conditions were perfect to spot the wildlife around!

Photo credit: André Ferreira

Photo credit: André Ferreira

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

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Beautiful Wednesday

Today we were watching Minke whales, different groups of White-beaked dolphins and Harbour porpoises in the Faxa bay, and a Humpback whale in Keflavik area.

We were all also enjoying watching interesting bird species and beautiful landscape on today's sunny day and flat sea.

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

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Sunny Tuesday

Wildlife is unpredictable and that's the beauty of it. For the same reason, we never know what we'll see on our tours. So, on today's sunny Tuesday we had different scenarios: we saw a Minke whale which was surfacing just once in a row, but did very short dives, so we had plenty of opportunities to see it. We were also watching a pod of White-beaked dolphins, who were a bit sleepy and elusive, in the beginning, but after they were surfing in the waves behind our boat and even surfaced few times close to us. On one tour we didn't have much luck and saw just few fast Harbour porpoises. In the afternoon we've heard it's been difficult to find cetaceans in the bay so, as the sea conditions allowed us, we went to a long ride to Keflavik area. There we saw two adult Humpback whales very relaxed, swimming together, very close and synchronized. It was an amazing experience to watch these two gentle giants just few meters from our boat! On the tour after, we couldn't find them any more, but we saw another Humpback few times and then decided to check the other one we saw a bit further away, in the same, Keflavik area. That Humpback was much more fun to watch. We even saw it pooped! :D Soon after, it started to clean itself: tail slapping, flipper slapping (like waving to us) and it even fully breached! Absolutely stunning! :)

On all our tours we were seeing still plenty of Atlantic puffins as well as beautiful Northern gannets, flying and fishing in the bay.

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

Photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

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Dancing Monday

Playful White-beaked dolphins in the morning swimming side by side of the RIB showing us their beautiful  pattern coloration of their body. The Minke whales of today were a bit tricky to follow although we managed to get a good look at them.

In the afternoon we spotted a Humpback whale in the middle of the bay. The animal was heading out of the bay quiet fast, although it surfaced quiet frequently so everybody could get a picture of this giant!

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White caps

We went to location close to Keflavik, hopping we'll see Humpbacks there again, like previous days, but we weren't lucky to see them :( Also, the wind picked up during the morning so it became very choppy with lots of white caps and bigger waves. Our passengers enjoyed fun ride very much, but we haven't seen many whales: one sub-adult Minke whale and few Harbour porpoises.

 

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Long ride, giants by our side

Last two days we were taking a bit longer ride to a place near Keflavik town, but we were rewarded by beautiful sights of gentle giants, we even had few times close by our side. 
On some of our tours Humpbacks were very relaxed, chilling, coming close to our boat, on others were fishing.

On the way we were also seeing Minke whales, lot of Harbour porpoises and on few tours White-beaked dolphins, which surprised us, on one tour today, by coming very close and even bow riding!

photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

photo credit: Tena Sarcevic

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Long Finned Pilot Whales and Humpback amongst other cetaceans!

What did we see today? Humpback Whales, Long Finned Pilot Whales, Minke Whales, White Beaked Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises.

It was a beautifully flat sea that greeted us today as we headed out into Faxafloi bay..  We headed straight over to Keflavik and we were rewarded with more footage of the large group of Pilot whales, 60 - 100 individuals big.  

 

We also saw the three individual humpback whales that were feeding amongst the mackerel boats next to the cliffs of Keflavik.  

 

On our journey to and from Keflavik we saw harbour porpoises and several minke whales surface around us in the perfectly flat bay.  

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