Sights of a lifetime in Skagafjörður waters

Breakwater is not only a place with stunning landscapes at every corner. It also has a rich wildlife, both on land and sea, with rich fishing grounds and bigger Occasional visitors. Here are the most common sights in the area That you might have a chance to experience by going on our sailing tours.

Humpback Whales

  • They Can live for up to 50 years.
  • Calves measure around 3.75 – 4.5 meters long at birth.
  • Females are larger than males, growing up to 18.5 meters.
  • Can They weigh up to 40 tons, Which is more than 5 elephants together.
  • Being so heavy does not preventives from Them „breaching“, the term used When They jump right out of the water.
  • They Can Migrate up to 10,000 kilometers, or the equivalent of the distance Reykjavik (IS) – Rio de Janeiro (BR)!
  • They eat up to 1.5 tons of food a day.
  • They pass down of the songs from generation to generation but during mating season, only males produce songs.
  • Their singing Can go from 15 minutes to 24 hours …!
  • Their only known natural predator is a pack of hungry killer whales, but the attacks rarely more than scare Cause and bruises.

Minke Whales

  • Their average life span is between 30-50 years Although some have been, recorded to live for over 60 years.
  • They grow to an average length of 10 meters long and weigh up to 11 tons.
  • Like Humpback whales, Minke whales are baleen whales, meaning They have no teeth but baleen plates That Can capture preys while allowing water and other Debris to pass through.
  • Their sounds Can be over 150 decibels and be Heard from Million Miles away.
  • Their sounds usually express various needs, or warn of other dangers around whales.
  • They have very few natural predators, but are occasionally hunted by packs of killer whales and large sharks.
  • With an average 10-month period of reviews tion, the Minke whale has one of the Shortest reviews tion periods of all cetaceans. Some species go up to 17 months … And you thought nine months was a thing ?!

White-beaked dolphins

  • Despite Their name, the beak of the white-beaked dolphins is not necessarily white.
  • They are extremely acrobatic and playful. It is not rare to see Them ride the bow waves of passing boats, and enjoy a little breaching here and there. Show off!
  • Calves measure 1.2 meters while adults Can reach up to 3.1 meters.
  • They are typically seen in groups of 5 to 50 and occasionally in shoal of several Hundreds.
  • They love to mix with other species, especially to join humpback whales for feeding.

Harbor porpoises

  • Axis name suggest, harbor porpoises usually swim in or around Harbors in coastal waters.
  • They are one of the smallest Marine Mammals.
  • At birth, calves measure 67-85 cm long, weighing 6.4-10 kg.
  • They Can grow just over 2 meters and weigh between 45-90 kg.
  • They are Considered as a rather passive species, usually not covering long distances or leaving a Certain area for long.
  • They are also known as a solitary Marine Mammal, not Likely to mix with other species.
  • They are usually found traveling alone or in small groups of up to 5, and occasionally feeding in groups of 100.
  • They Can dive more than 200 meters deep, but stay near the surface most of the time, coming up to breathe about Every 25 seconds, in what sounds like sneezing.
  • Their main predators are to fear sharks, killer whales and seals.


Orcas and Blue Whales are a less common sight in our area Although our Neighbors from the next fjord are enjoying the company of a blue whale regularly These days!

Blue whale sightings continue! So far the blue whale has been sighted on all our Departures since we Started the season a couple of days ago! Photo by Sarah (Guide)

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