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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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Mixed Day

The day started off with fantastic conditions - calm seas and sunshine.  With reports of wildlife near Keflavik, we decided to try our luck searching in the new area. We were rewarded with twenty plus pilot whales coming alongside our boat and surfacing in perfect synchronicity. 

The afternoon trips, however, had to be cancelled as the wind picked up, leading to rough seas in the bay.

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Windy, wavey day

What did we see today?  Humpback Whale, White Beaked Dolphin, Minke Whale

The bay was unusually bumpy today but with lots of preparation we set out to see what we could find.  We were lucky this morning as we found a humpback regularly surfacing near Akranes providing loads of photo opportunities for the lucky customers.

Later today we followed a pod of dolphins moving fast across Faxafloi and spotted a large female Minke whale as she surface within 100 metres of the boat.

We look forward to a couple of calmer days over the coming weekend.

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Wet, Wet, Wet

Rainy showers over Reykjavik...

What did we see today? Minke Whales, White Beaked Dolphins and their calves

The pod of white beaked dolphins we saw today included three mother-calf pairs and two to three juveniles and a few adults.  The calves were jumping clear of the water!  

Minke were harder to spot than usual today due to the increasing wind speed and breaking waves but sightings were made now and then.

At the beginning of our tour a Grey seal popped up twice, looked at us curiously before disappearing under the waves.

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Sunday Funday

Absolutely amazing conditions at sea today, with the ocean like a mirror and warm weather which made spotting wildlife nice and easy. Any disturbances on the water were visible for miles. White beaked dolphins were the stars of the show with leaping, bow riding and general play behaviours seen on the majority of trips. Minke whales were also seen surfacing multiple times but were upstaged by their dolphin cousins. 

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Smooth Friday

Today we've had perfect spotting conditions: flat sea and no sun glare. During the day we were seeing Minke whales, White-beaked dolphins and Harbor porpoises, as well as beautiful Northern gannets, Atlantic puffins and other marine birds, flying & fishing in the bay. We also witnessed increased numbers of Mackerel in the bay - we saw few schools of it, from the sea surface, on few places in the bay.

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Humpback at Keflavík

Although it was a sunny day and the forecasts predicted weak wind coming from west, we were surprised with a stronger wind. The sea conditions were still good but even with the big efforts to find the cetaceans, the small waves and the white caps made it much harder to spot them.

Fortunately in the afternoon, two of our RIB's managed to spot a Humpback Whale further south near Keflavík.

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Friday of White Caps

The Bay has been way too rough for the RIBs to go out today and look for the whales, so we stayed at the office enjoying the sun and going to the puffin islands to check the bird life around. We hope the weather gets better for the next upcoming days!

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Hungry Sebirds

Crazy bird activity in Faxaflói during today tours which helped us out a lot in finding some cetaceans. We were lucky to see some pods of white beaked dolphins jumping out of the water, the sun was reflecting on their bodies.

Some minke whales were swimming along the bay during the whole day, but we point out one special individual who was smaller than the rest, it was a juvenile minke whale diving around the boats. The animal was coming up the surface very briefly each time but we could have a good look at its body!

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Wild Whale Wednesday

We experience a wide variety of wildlife in our tours today, although some of the them were more successful as others. In some tours we could see a pod of white beaked dolphins swimming along the Bay, in some cases together with a humpback whale in a playful way, great sighting. In the other hand some of the tours were not as incredible as that ones; in some cases we needed to offer a complementary ticket because lack of whales, and in some sightings the animals were a bit elusive. This is pure wildlife which is surprising us everyday and that's why we love it!

You can see below a picture of one of the mountains next to Reykjavik called Esjan with the base of it cover by fog, beautiful landscape we have around!

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Whale Safari in strong winds

What did we see today? Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, White Beaked Dolphins

Today there was a strong south westerly wind and we all dressed up well before heading out into Faxafloi bay.  We were lucky to spot many groups of sea birds at sea which helped us find the resident Minke whales.  Captain Axel spotted the blow of a humpback whale in the distance and thats when the tour really got interesting...

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With the regularly surfacing humpback was white beaked dolphins and many minke whales.

We stayed with the whales as the birds flocked all around us, calling and catching the fish from the surface of the bay.  We then left to investigate a large blow in the distance but the whale didnt surface very regularly and we ran out of time so we passed this over to another boat to investigate further....

 

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Love Is In The Air

The whole day we were enjoying beautifully calm sea, ideal for whale watching. We had nice encounters with Minke whales (of which some were surface feeding :)!) and Harbour porpoises and White-beaked dolphins super close to our boats. In one group, 4 White-beaked dolphins were very curious, playfully swimming around our boat, jump-rolling over the bubbles behind our engines and we even saw them mating! With all this playful vibes, love in the air and calm sea, who could be in a bad mood? :) 

White-beaked dolphin

White-beaked dolphin

Minke whale

Minke whale

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