We planned a trip to Iceland because we wanted to see the whales, and chose to go north to Husavik. The mid-September snowstorm over North Iceland nearly defeated us, but when we finally made it to Husavik we were lucky that we could go out with North Sailing. The morning was beautiful with snow on the mountains surrounding the bay. After half an hour sail out into the bay, the crew located some humpback whales and we spent an hour and a half watching them before returning to Husavik. In September the main behaviour seen is when the whales surface to breathe: we saw numerous "blows", and the whales swimming on the surface, and the elegant flexing of their enormous tails as they dive back down to feed. Sometimes the whales are very close to the boat, as the crew move to where the whales are, and the whales don't seem to mind the boat. Air temperature was 2-3 deg C but with all our thermals plus the overalls provided by North Sailing we were comfortably warm. The weather was calm but there was a swell on the sea and we appreciated having taken our seasickness tablets ! Clearly every trip is different: we are so pleased to have done this and this was the highlight of our Iceland holiday.
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