Day 7 – September 5, 2016
Much to Doug’s dismay, we signed up for whale watching (via Ambassador). The docks were less than a 5 minute drive from the Town Center. We boarded our ship along with a variety of other tourists. Notably, there was a small group of US sorority girls (all sporting hats with poofs, Ugg boots, and knee-length black jackets) and a larger group of Asian tourists.
There were multiple decks; during most of the trip passengers were restricted to the cabin or the top deck. The top deck was freezing, especially with the wind. The cabin had a TV showing the location of our boat and a small shop where one could buy souvenirs or coffee.
It took about an hour to get to the end of the bay, which was the spot where whales would show up. For a majority of the ride up, Doug and I stayed above deck to maintain a good viewing spot along the railing. The boat slowed and suddenly Humpback whales showed up! There was a young woman on the top deck (with a mic) describing the whales and what they were seeing. Most of them were named and could be recognized by the markings on the underside of their tail. They had names (translated) like Cat and Ghost. Along with our boat, there were several smaller boats with tourists that could get a little bit closer to the action. For over an hour we moved around spotting tons of humpback whales. The whales would come right by the boat, revealing just how large they were. The entire experience was humbling and left me with a great sense of appreciation for these creatures.
Doug managed not to get sea sick, and I think he may have even enjoyed the trip!
THIS IS A MUST-DO! You can also whale watch in Húsavík, which is located further north.
Ambassador Whale Watching: http://ambassador.is/