Daily Diary – June 18th 2023

Daily diary of whale watching from Reykjavik Old Harbour, on the yacht Amelia Rose, on June 18th 2023

The sea was incredibly calm, not quite glassy but close and there was a heavy fog, so visibility was about 2km, we could see Akranes but not Keflavik.

Right after leaving the harbor, not far past the northern marker buoy, we found a pod of about 20 adult dolphins, and whilst they came and investigated the yacht they didn´t display any play signals and so we left them to their hunting and carried on further out.

Soon after that, we saw harbour porpoises, then whilst we were looking at them we saw the blow of a humpback only about 400m away!

The humpback was very curious and came right up to us, swam under the ship and out the other side, then just rested in the water near us, watching us as much as we were watching it!

Once the humpback whale had left the area we found a couple of minke whales, they were easy to see thanks to the calm water, so we could clearly see the difference between the dorsal fins to identify individuals.

On the way home we came across a different pod of dolphins, and these ones were very playful, jumping all over the place!

Here are some of the animals we saw today.

Humpback whales

Minke whales

White beaked dolphins



Arctic terns



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