Sunday, June 30, 2019
Almost too soon, we’ve reached the end of June... and what a June it has been. Every day we have eagerly clambered into our overalls to venture into the territory of the humpbacks, leaving the harbor safely assured that we will be welcomed with open flippers.
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Last week students completed the annual "studying marine mammals in the wild course" at the University of Iceland's Húsavík Research Center. They joined us first on several trips with researcher/guide Charla Basran learning about the amazing wildlife in our bay and how to identify the individuals we see here.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
There's simply no best time of the day to watch whales, but admiring the midnight sun at the same moment as a humpback whale breaks the surface for taking another deep breath is certainly the icing on the cake! Since early June we are running a GG2 Big Whale Safari and Puffins at 21:30 in the evening, on which our guests are able to watch the wildlife of Skjálfandi Bay during the peaceful evening lights as well as the magic of the midnight sun just before returning to the harbor of Húsavík.
Friday, June 14, 2019
On June 19th Gentle Giants will host a yoga retreat on the beautiful island of Flatey in Skjálfandi Bay!
This full day tour is suitable for everyone and includes RIB transfer to and from the island, yoga classes led by an experienced local yoga teacher, vegetarian lunch, and a walking tour of the picturesque island.
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Last week, for almost fifty countries in the world the 1st of June is Children’s day, but here in Húsavík (and all over Iceland) it was Seamen’s Day! Where people honored all those who have linked their lives with the sea.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
The other day Skjálfandi Bay became a place of ''accidents". One of the Gentle Giants rib boats, 'Amma Sigga', crashed into a big oak boat. Both boats were full of passengers and thankfully no one had severe damages.
Monday, May 27, 2019
During the past days, several humpback whales presented their acrobatic side to us. Numerous times we were able to observe them jump or tail- and flipperslap. In many cases the behaviour seemed to be related to feeding as for example today when we approached a "group" of four individuals: we took notice of the whales when two of them started to lobtail in a far distance whilst a third one leaped high out of the water.
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Recently the large travel guide book publisher, Lonely Planet just published an article naming the top 10 places in Europe to visit. You can see the article here: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-europe?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=paid%20social&utm_campaign=best%20in%20europe%202019&fbclid=IwAR2S44MaxkH7wn6luTrrxP2ybWDP9IyDWqxD8HepAYWGEZLtP-mVunt_g8g
They voted The Arctic Coast way here in Iceland as the third best place to visit in Europe! Which includes the heart of North-East Iceland, our romantic town Húsavík.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
With the start of the new week, the weather in Skjálfandi Bay has changed entirely after we experienced a very winter-like weekend! Now, the sea is calm and the sun is shining warmly from an almost cloudless sky! Additionally, several humpback whales have arrived to the bay and could either be seen feeding at the mountains or enjoying the calm of the ocean whilst surfacing in proximity to our boats.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Along with the migratory whales that spend the summer time in our bay, it is also the summer home to migrating birds coming to Iceland for their nesting season. One of the most amazing migrators on earth has returned recently: the arctic tern.