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Bye bye with Halloween

In Iceland we love fairy tales and stories about hidden people, trolls and elves so couldn´t resist the opportunity that Halloween was giving us to celebrate our last tours of the year. The weather couldn´t have been better: flat seas, no wind and unbelievable scenery. Regardless our lack of pumpkins in such a stated date, our captain was properly dressed in a fashion orange color and it brought us a lot of luck. We spotted and enjoyed minke whales as well as few pods of white-beaked dolphins which swan with us for a while. This season has been full of extraordinary moments which couldn´t have been better without the incredible staff that we have had all along the last months. To all of you Takk fyrir!

White-beaked dolphins next to Thruma II. Video by naturalist Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

 Our captain Friðrik Örn with Halloweenish style.

Our captain Friðrik Örn with Halloweenish style.

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Dolphins and fun

Our last days of October are bringing us a lot of joy, tons of fun and extremely enjoyable rides in Faxafloi (only for real adrenaline-takers). Waves were present today but it only made the whole trip an amazing experience. We came out with extremely approachable white-beaked dolphins which were swimming among us like if we were part of their pod. A playful calf was also spotted following mummy, we couldn´t have more fun. To put the icing in the top of the cake, we made a coast-tour around Videy exploring birdlife and local tradition.

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White-beaked dolphin prior surfacing. Photo by naturalist Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

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Between the waves

It was a beautiful sunny day over the bay. Last days cold wind is blowing from the North bringing us some waves but also clearing the air and the sky. We had great visibility and despite some splashes now and then we enjoyed the ride. Under flock of birds we found harbour porpoises and later get to see some elusive dolphins. In the afternoon wind was blowing stronger so this time we become more wet than before. It was a fun ride, sometimes feeling like on roller coaster when going down with swell. Unfortunately this time no cetaceans were seen. We decided that guest from both of our today tours will receive complimentary tickets valid on classic whale watching cruise with Elding.

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A very viking day

Today we had a challenging day as some leftovers from the previous storm were still whipping Faxafloi. Nonetheless, fearless and with a great spirit in our minds we sailed out to discover the wildlife around us. Some dolphins and harbour porpoises were spotted during the tours but the starts of the day were eider ducks. Thousands of them were gathering in between the islands in front of Reykjavik and they flew over us in a delightful show.

 Eider ducks flying. Plumage molting.  Photo by naturalist Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Eider ducks flying. Plumage molting.
Photo by naturalist Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

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Rainy day

As Bob Marley once said “some people feel the rain. Others just get wet”. We have certainly felt the rain today as it was pouring the whole day. Nonetheless, we have enjoyed brave rides out there, feeling like real vikings when they came to this island for the very first time more than 1,000 years ago. Wildlife was tricky and difficult to follow. We spotted few flocks of huge northern gannets feeding and we got some glimpses of our favorite cetacean, the minke whale. But the highlight of the day was the amount of eider ducks in the bay, we could count them by hundreds if not thousands. For sure, it has been a day to remember!

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Photo by naturalist Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

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Rainbow-land

Autumn is almost gone but it has been a beautiful period of the year in which we can see almost every day several dozens of rainbows forming over Faxafloi. Apart from that, white-beaked dolphins are the starts of our tours lately, they are everywhere! and they like our company as they are hanging around our boats performing very acrobatic behaviors. An authentic pleasure for wildlife passionate.

Video by naturalist Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

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Dolphinetely a great day

Storms are hitting Iceland day after day but today we had a small window to get out and explore Faxafloi. We were avid for some good sightings and it didn´t take long to have our first animals. In this case a nice pod of white-beaked dolphins were checking us out constantly and we had tons of fun with them. More dolphins were spotted during the tour as well as porpoises and beautiful eider ducks (we cannot forget about birdlife in Iceland, it is mesmerizing!).

Videos by naturalist Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

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Wave Safari

Roller-coaster was open and ready for business today in Faxafloi! We experienced during the whole day a long swell with big waves but it just made it more fun to sail! We were rocking the waves and enjoying the views of the snowy mountains, double rainbows and some nice encounters as well. Harbour porpoises, minkes and tons of northern gannets. But the starts of the day were white-beaked dolphins as they came close to us, leaping and delighting our passengers with their huge size. We had the privilege too of “surfing” the waves as we headed back to Reykjavik.

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White-beaked dolphins leaping

Photo and video by naturalist Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan*

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Swimming with dolphins

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Swimming with dolphins

Finally after many days with bad weather we were able to turn our engines and catch some salty wind on our faces. Weather was good and swell created nice waves to jump on them. In the morning under shining sun we spent a good time looking for whales and dolphins. Bay was alive with many sea birds in the sky what always looks promising. On the first tour we had a very close encounter with harbour porpoises, cute species of small cetaceans which were playing around our boat and in afternoon we found our best friends - white-beaked dolphins.

Winter is coming… and unfortunately more storms in the forecast! Be sure to book your tour with us before season ends but keep in mind that sometimes we need to reschedule them as weather might be rough!

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Cancelled Day

Unfortunately all RIB boat tours were cancelled due to rough sea conditions.

Hoping for better weather in the next days.

You can contact us at info@whalesafari.is or via phone +354 4970000 to inquire about tours or weather conditions

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Cancelled Day

Unfortunately all RIB boat tours were cancelled due to rough sea conditions.

Hoping for better weather in the next days.

You can contact us at info@whalesafari.is or via phone +354 4970000 to inquire about tours or weather conditions

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Cancelled Day

Unfortunately all RIB boat tours were cancelled due to rough sea conditions.

Hoping for better weather in the next days.

You can contact us at info@whalesafari.is or via phone +354 4970000 to inquire about tours or weather conditions

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Cancelled Day

Unfortunately all RIB boat tours were cancelled due to rough sea conditions.

Hoping for better weather in the next days.

You can contact us at info@whalesafari.is or via phone +354 4970000 to inquire about tours or weather conditions

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Cancelled Day

Unfortunately all RIB boat tours were cancelled due to rough sea conditions.

Hoping for better weather in the next days.

You can contact us at info@whalesafari.is or via phone +354 4970000 to inquire about tours or weather conditions

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Bombing gannets, bullying dolphins

Today´s day was a day of contraries. While the afternoon was having really shy cetaceans, the morning tour was just boiling with life. We were having at the same spot an army of gannets dive bombing the fish, dolphins eating and poor minke whales trying to get closer to get some food, but the dolphins were just not letting them. All in the same spot. It was so nice out there, really alive ocean.

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Windy morning

The leftovers from the past stormy days have been felt today. The morning was a perfect ride for the adrenaline lovers, with some white beaked dolphins swimming close to us. The afternoon gave us some quarter and even the sun was up to shine a little bit. Minke whales and white beaked dolphins appreciated it, even they were showing themselves shy for the whole day.

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