We are happy to introduce to our guests the Free Tour of Reykjavík that now starts outside our ticket sales, daily at 13:00 (rain or shine). This is the 6th season that Goecco offers this popular free tour that aims at introducing to you what the city has to offer in a fun and easy way. The tour is roughly 1,5-2 hours and covers the main sights of the inner city.
Season: 18 May to 14 September
Departures: Elding Whale Watching, Reykjavík's old harbour
Duration: 1,5-2 hours
More information about the tour can be found on Goecco's webpage
Preparation for the summer on Viđey Island is in full swing these days as the summer schedule takes over next Tuesday, 15 May with the daily ferry. In cooperation with city of Reykjavík we have put together an interesting program for this summer, full of activities such as guided walks, concerts, festivals and more. What is new this summer is a horse rental on the island run by Laxnes Hores Farm. Visitors on the island can from now on get to know the Icelandic horse; pat them, feed them hey or even join one of the riding tours that start in June.
Last Wednesday the horses were brought to the island and as they are quite different from our usual passengers on the ferry we had to use a barge for the
job. It all went well and the horses are now enjoying themselves in the fields on the island.
Here are few photos taken by Bjarni Grímsson while the horses were moved over to the island:
We've been quite worried about the weather forecast for the next few days as strong northerly winds are expected. Because of that we have been looking into all possible solutions for our tours tomorrow, Monday and maybe even later in the week. Our current plan is to sail out from Grindavík as, despite the wind, the sea state in the area south of Reykjanes peninsula should be fairly good. We have had many great tours from Grindavík in the past and the promissing news our captain got from the fishermen in the area make this even more tempting than before. For those interested here is the Whale Diary from our last tour from Grindavík.
When leaving from Grindavík we depart at 9:00 and 13:00 from Reykjavík's old harbour with our buses and drive for about 45-50 minutes until we reach Grindavík harbour. The duration of the tour is longer because of the driving back and forth so our guests could expect to be back around 4-5 hours later. The pick up times are still the same, that is between 8:15 and 8:45 and 12:15 and 12:45 and the drop off right after return to Reykjavík.
This evening we will move one of our boats to Grindavík and after that we should have a better idea of the conditions in the area. Don't hesitate to contact if you want some more information, our office is open until 19:00 and the phone is open all night.
Our Tips: When leaving from Grindavík it is ideal to combine the whale watching with a visit to the Blue Lagoon because of the closeness. Our bus could drop those off at the Blue Lagoon on the way back to Reykjavík after the whale watching tour. After soaking in the lagoon the guests could take the one-way transfer back to Reykjavík.
Easter is a special time here in Iceland and always more and more travellers decide to spend their Easter vacation in Iceland. Traditional Easter holidays in Iceland are from Holy Thursday until Easter Monday (5 April to 9 April 2012). Prepare yourself for shops and restaurants being closed some of these days but don't worry there is still plenty to do around town. Visit Reykjavík has taken to gether a good list of opening hours for Easter so we recommend you taking a good look at that their list.
We offer daily whale watching tours at 9:00 and 13:00 all Easter long. To make it a bit more special we introduce to you Icelandic Easter traditions such as the Easter egg proverbs. Elding runs the Viđey ferry according to schedule except on Easter Sunday. The ferry sails from Skarfabakki on Saturday 7 April when we we introduce a fun Easter egg hunt on the island, stay tuned for more information.
Happy Easter everyone!
Our summer season started yesterday, 1st of April, with good success. After a interesting winter season we welcome the summer season with smiley faces and the migrating whales and birds. On Friday we had the first propper minke whale sighting and in the area we know of white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales. From the webcams on Eldey Island we see that the gannets have setled and soon the puffins start arriving.
To begin with we offer whale watching tours two times a day, at 9:00 and 13:00, and more departures will be added from 15th of May. The sea angling and puffin watching tours will then start in May so as always we are looking forward to a busy summer :)
Extra departure tomorrow 25.march 2012 at 09.00 o'clock as well the 13.00 o'clock whale watching tour. Very soon or 1st April we will sail daily at 09.00 and 13.00. We can feel it that spring is coming soon, it is getting a bit warmer outside and we are hoping for great whale watching tours ahead.
The IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will be lit on spring Equinox, Thuesday 20 March and brighten the sky above Reykjavik until 27. March. By doing so we wish to celebrate the increasing daylight, warming temperatures and the rebirth of flora and fauna.
IMAGINE PEACE tours are available every night at 20:00 from Skarfabakki. Complimentary hotel pick up is between 19:15 and 19:45. For booking call +354 555 3565 no later than 16:00 the same day.
Our winter schedule offers trips to Viđey on Saturdays and Sundays. Viđey House Café is open according to the schedule for our guests to enjoy lovely refreshments after walking around the island. Walking paths in Viđey are easy for all and hikers have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful view over Reykjavik City and surroundings.
On the eastern part of the island the history of the village and the fishing company placed there a century ago is made accessable and alive with information posters.Two magnificent works of art can be found on the west part of the island; Richard Serra´s Afangar and Yoko Ono´s IMAGINE PEACE TOWER.
Now even though the conditions on some of our worst tours are nowhere near what the Icelandic fishermen are sometimes facing we thought it might be a good idea to include this link to a video taken on board one of the capelin vessel few days ago. Icelandic fishermen are true heroes!