Christmas Creatures and Lighting of Christmas Trees
Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr launched "Christmas Creatures of Reykjavík" on Thursday in the city center, a special project designed for the City of Reykjavík by Hafsteinn Júlíusson. Decorations now adorn the capital, which got its first dusting of snow this week, and the Christmas tree on Austurvöllur square, an annual gift from Oslo, will be lit tomorrow, the First Sunday in Advent, at 4 pm mbl.is reports. As for the “Christmas Creatures”, the aim of the project is to create an inspiring experience in the capital during the holiday season through promoting Icelandic folklore and connecting locals and visitors in Reykjavík through stories and conversations, as described on visitreykjavik.is. Icelandic folklore includes many Christmas creatures, among them the 13 Yule Lads, who are sons of ogre couple Grýla and Leppalúði, and the Christmas Cat. They live in the mountains but come to town during Advent and perform all sorts of mischief. Seven Christmas creatures will be located around the Reykjavík city centre and in Laugardalur valley for the next few weeks.
Great whale watching tour today, Friday November 18th
Today we had a great tour out in the bay. Sightings : Minke Whale, Killer Whales and White Beaked Dolphins. See more about the tour under whale Diary.
Monitor the movement of humpback Whale
This fall MRI has continued research for seasonal spread and movements of baleen whales in Icelandic waters. These studies, based on labeling with satellite transmitters, have already shed new light on various aspects related to the presence of whales and when they leave the cost of Iceland. Furthermore, these studies provide the first evidence of residence minke whales in winter. About noon on 4 November 2011 was marked Humpback whale north of Arnarnes Nöfum Eyjafjörður. Whale was among 10-15 humpbacks in Eyjafjörður. No signals were received from the whale until the evening of that day. The Humpback whale stayed in the region throughout the next day and the morning of 6th November whale swam very specific to the northwest and was the evening of that day put behind more than 70 nautical miles (130 km). On 7 November whale swam slowly to the northwest and about noon 8th November, he was in shallow water off the Hornstrandir. Movement for humpbacks here to resemble a whale voyages marked on 21 in October 2009.
Winter Schedule from November 1st
From November 1st we are sailing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 12:55