Exceptionally lively whale watching lately


Whale watching has been exceptionally popular in Iceland in recent weeks, Morgunblaðið reports.

North Sailing offers tours from the town of Hjalteyri in the Eyjafjörður fjord and from Húsavík in Skjálfandi Bay, North Iceland.

Hörður Sigurbjarnarson, co-owner of North Sailing, says humpback whales have put on plenty of shows, along with minke whales, killer whales, sperm whales and pilot whales.

Not all species appeared on the same day. Instead, they took turns appearing. Fishermen have recently reported large quantities of small herring in the Eyjafjörður fjord, enough to attract species of whales that feast on herring.

Hörður states that all the attention given to the town of Húsavík through Will Ferrell’s film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Sagawhich was filmed in Húsavík, undoubtedly increased people’s interest in visiting the city and benefited the whale watching business, as well as businesses offering other types of recreation in the north from Iceland.

Elding Whale Watching offers excursions from Reykjavík and Akureyri. Elding CEO Rannveig Gísladóttir notes that when large conferences are held, such as the World Geothermal Congress currently in session at the Harpa Concert Hall, the number of bookings for whale-watching tours usually increases.

She adds that due to bad weather in September, a number of people canceled their reservations. The whales, however, are not canceling their shows. In recent weeks, large numbers of humpback whales, minke whales and dolphins have appeared in recent weeks, she said.


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