Skalfandi Bay is a great destination because of the birdlife and scenery. There are two islands in the bay, Lundey (Puffin Island) and Flatey (Flat Island), where a lot of birds nest. Therefore the birdlife is colorful and varied with puffins, arctic terns, guillemots, gannets and more frequently being seen during our tours. The beautiful mountains at the western part of the bay, called Viknafjoll, make a visit to the bay even more worthwhile and add something really special to the scenery and atmosphere.
The small islands of Lundey & Flatey are situated near Husavik. Lundey (Puffin Island), rises dramatically from the sea in a series of high, nest-covered cliffs and is a breeding ground for puffins, fulmars, and other sea birds. Flatey (Flat Island) lives up to its name, rising only a couple of meters above sea level. It is now abandoned but it used to be inhabited and as recently as 1942 it had a population of more than 100.
We will travel to Lundey, Puffin Island, as well as to the traditional whale watching areas.
Hafnarstett, 640 Husavik.
Map to meeting location.
GPS: 66.046185, -17.343439
Sailing to the whales' prime feeding grounds takes about an hour. The crew and participants are busy looking out for the telltale signs of a surfacing whale. Although whale watching tours boast impressive success rates for sightings (95% to 98%), you...)
Sailing to the whales' prime feeding grounds takes about an hour. The crew and participants are busy looking out for the telltale signs of a surfacing whale.
Although whale watching tours boast impressive success rates for sightings (95% to 98%), you do have to bear in mind that whales do not appear on cue. Sightings are announced using a 'clock' system, with the stern of the boat at 12 o'clock.
Different whales have different habits and identifying features. The curious minke whale surfaces two or three times in quick succession before executing a deep dive and sometimes may even approach the boat. Humpback whales breach and sometimes roll over, holding an enormous flipper in the air.
Most whales arrive in Icelandic waters in spring (around May) and stay to feed until September when they return to warmer southern waters for breeding.
In town, there is also a civic museum about culture and biology. Among other things, it shows a stuffed polar bear (arrived in Grimsey in 1969) and some ancient boats. Enjoy your visit!