Whale Watching Iceland
Iceland is a land of water, mountains, frozen landscapes and never-ending scenery. It’s also home to a vast range of arctic wildlife – including the rare and beautiful humpback whale. One company has been working to deliver a new kind of Icelandic expedition: swimming with humpback whales in northern seas when the sun is out at midnight.
Why do humpback whales migrate to Iceland?
The humpback is Iceland’s most frequent foreign visitor, a graceful and sombre creature with a dark back, a light belly and an eponymous ‘hump’. In the days of early spring every year, humpbacks begin their 7,000km journey from the Gulf of Mexico to the seas of northern Iceland. Their motive is simple: mothers and calves are in search of the country’s rich feeding grounds.
What’s it like to swim with humpback whales?
The expedition begins off the coastal waters of Akureyri, where feeding grounds are full of fish and the occasional visiting blue whale. Here, you will set off with your captain and travelling companions. Dry suits on, RIB boat boarded, this is a meeting that has been months and thousands of miles in the making.
Humpback whales surface most keenly when the ‘night’ sets in, which makes the winter sun the perfect time to see them.
Eyjafjörður, the fjord which connects Akuyeri with the sea, is Iceland’s longest. Framed by snow-capped peaks and brown-black slopes, it is a dramatic and narrow waterway which runs some 60km from its head to its gigantic mouth. And at this mouth, the lowlands stop, and the hills roll directly into the blue-black sea beneath. This is where you will begin your search.
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