“Spring is in the air and there is krill in the ocean, which is full of food,” Christian Schmidt, guide for North Sailing, Húsavík, northeast Iceland, told Morgunblaðið.
The whale watching season has started and Skjálfandaflói Bay is full of life. This is the time of year when whales return from southern waters in search of food. They stay here until autumn, accumulating fat or blubber, which serves as a food reserve for the breeding season in southern waters. Whale watching season runs from April to October, with peak season being June, July and August.
Lately, North Sailing has been offering two to three whale watching tours a day, using the Náttfari and Bjössi Sör boats. Next week, already, other visits will be added to the program.
“We have seen a number of whales on our tours over the past few days,” says Christian. “There were humpback whales near Lundey Island and minke whales near the Kinnarfjöll mountains. The number of whales increases a lot at this time of the year. The tours last about three hours, and in addition to seeing whales, our passengers were able to observe unique bird life. [Lundey island, for example, is a haven for puffins, its name meaning ‘puffin island.’]
Christian is from Germany and has worked for North Sailing since 2009. He spends up to nine months a year in Iceland. “Tourists are flocking to the country, and lately we have had passengers from Germany, Spain, Italy, France and many other countries,” he notes.