What a day! We found 3 beautiful minke whales, and so many guillemots, gulls, cormorants and kittiwakes, more surprising than that was a pair of puffins out on the water!
As we got closer we could see its smooth skin and swept back fin, this was no humpback, we were pretty sure this was a fin whale! Normally they live 30miles off the coast, but this curious beast had come only a kilometre or so off the shore. To get a proper identification we looked between the dorsal fin and the tail flukes. Another name for a fin whale is a razorback, because it has a prominent ridge in that area. When the fin whale arched its back to do a deep dive we saw this line clearly.
February in Iceland is peaceful and beautiful. The nights are long and dark enough that we frequently see the Northern Lights light up the sky, but by the end of the month the days are long enough to explore the stunning countryside that is often covered in snow. Winter activities like visiting Ice Caves and snowmobiling are available, but without the crowds you might encounter over Christmas and new years.
Eventually they left us and we entered into an area of water we know to be incredibly rich in fish – and so, hopefully, also in whales. We were in luck! a couple of beautiful minke whales were there, including one with a distinctive ragged fin and skin markings. It was good to see an old friend of ours again and it came up to the boat, letting us take great photos of it.
December in Iceland is the ultimate winter wonderland. The nights are long and dark so we frequently see the Northern Lights light up the sky, and the gorgeous countryside is often covered in snow. Winter activities like visiting Ice Caves and snowmobiling are open, and all the Christmas lights are up. Don’t forget to look out for the Christmas Cat!
November in Iceland is definitely a winter wonderland. The nights are long and dark enough to see the Northern Lights when they shine, and the gorgeous countryside is often covered in snow. It’s cheaper to come in November than over Christmas but with winter activities like visiting Ice Caves open.
October in Iceland is a beautiful month. The nights are dark enough to see the Northern Lights when they shine, but there is still enough daylight to get out in the gorgeous countryside. As a plus it’s much cheaper than the height of summer or over Christmas.
August in Iceland is the last month of summer. It’s one of the most popular times to visit, with all the summer festivities in full swing. The days are long and warm, but we do have night time towards the end of it, and sometimes get great Northern Lights displays! The puffins are still here too! So in this awesome month you can go puffin watching and Northern Lights watching in the same day!