The midsummer evenings in Húsavík can be magical. That has exactly been the case for the last few nights. Due to high demand, Húsavík Adventures added a second 19:00 tour yesterday evening in what turned out to be an A+ whale watching tour. Our RIB boats Kría (Arctic Tern) and Kjói (Arctic Skua) sailed side by side most of the tour in a paradise of big whales, puffins, dolphins and natural environment. The sea was like a mirror so the feeling for the passengers were more like sailing on a water.

In the tour at least 12 humpbacks were spotted with six of them being in the same area. A group of dolphins entertained the onlookers in their ever so good mood, jumping around in the calm conditions.

A fabulous tour overall and it reminds us why local people often talk about the “underestimated evening activity” in Húsavík, with the summer evenings often being very calm at sea and therefore excellent for whale watching as for other outdoor activities.

The following pictures were taken by our CEO Sigurður Veigar who worked as a guide for the tour.

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Humpback whales in action
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RIB boat Kjói on its way towards Puffin Island
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Passengers couldn’t hide their feelings!

Yesterday was the first day of Húsavík Adventures’s third season in RIB whale watching. And what a start it was! On a very sunny day with a rather strong wind from the south our crew went on to their first tour of the day at 10 AM and the second one at 4 PM. Passengeres were honored by the presence of the largest animal of the earth – the mighty blue whale who calmly swam in only a few meters distance from our RIB boat. Amazingly the blue whale showed its fluke which is very rare sight to be seen – and that is an understatement!

Blue whales visit Skjálfandi Bay mostly in June but in the recent years they have luckily been able to enter the bay in other months as well.

The ever so curious humpback whale was also spotted in both tours, pleasantly showing him self at its favorite feeding place. This beginning of the season cannot but give some great hopes for the upcoming season. Húsavík Adventure’s daily departures from 1-15th May are scheduled at 10:00. From 16th-31th May will be two departures at 10:00 and 13:00. Extra departures and private tours are of course available upon availability.

Photo by Melissa Baxter.