We here at Stuck in Iceland just love whale watching (and whales for that matter).
We were absolutely thrilled to see the epic video from Ambassador Whale Watching titled Whales of Akureyri. The video features both drone footage from the air and underwater scenes which are totally impressive. It is clear that the town of Akureyri is a fantastic travel destination.
We contacted Ambassador Whale watching and interviewed their General Manager Magnus Gudjonsson.
The video is totally great, how did you get the idea for it?
The first idea was to make a profile video about the company, showing the boat at sea, the facilities onboard and basically what we are doing. But we got all these super good shots of the whales and we decided to make the video about the Whales of Akureyri
What were main challenges you faced when you created the video?
To be at the right place at the right time. You can not direct these animals, they do what they want and you have to respect them and If you do so you will benefit, since the animals will not be disturbed by you or the boat. It is unbelieveable that we made these shots in only two days at sea.
How has the whale watching season of 2015 been so far?
Super good. We have 100 % sighting success since 29th of May and we had only 3 or 4 trips in May were we did not see any whales. A part from that we have had more than 5 whales in most of the trips and in some of them up to 15 whales.
We are now in late August, when does the whale watching season end and when does it start again?
We will have daily tours until 31st of October or subject to demand and from 15th September we will as well offer Northern Lights Cruises at every night at 21:30.
You guys are based in Akureyri in the north of Iceland, a part from whale watching what other activities or places do you recommend in the area?
There a lots to do in this area, we do have many beautiful waterfalls including Godafoss and Dettifoss, Lake Myvatn, The Askja Crater, Holuhraun (the new Lava field) and the spa at Myvatn. You can go to Hrisey island and Siglufjordur. These are only a few of the things you can do around around Akureyri.
If you were to give advice to people who are visiting Iceland for the first time, what would it be?
Relax and enjoy the beautiful seenery and the close encounters to nature. Apart from going to a Whale watching tour in Akureyri a horseback ride in the mountain area would be great thing to do.