Enjoying Ice Hockey At The Reykjavik Ice Caps
In late November and early December each year, hundreds of eager cruise ship passengers make their way to Iceland, where they can whale watch from the beautiful waters around the Ice Mountains. Blue whales are among the most endangered species in the world. This is the first place on Earth where you can see the magnificent blue whales up close. It is a experience that no visitor should pass up.
You can get to Iceland in two ways – by air, sea, or land. If you’re lucky enough to be traveling on the Ice, there’s a chance that you will make it to the Ice House, the glacier lagoon where the whales feed. However, air and sea cruises are the most common ways to reach Iceland. There are also a number of other boats available to cruise along the fjords and along the Gulf Stream, should you choose to sail to Iceland.
The icy waters are home to thousands of blue-finned fish. Many of the fish migrate to the breeding grounds in the spring and give birth in summer, which creates huge concentrations of baitfish and squid. You will be surprised at just how many species exist in Iceland. There are many types of eel, including the Maui’s blue eel. These are not your typical fish that you find at the local fish market.
One of the most spectacular sights in Iceland is the Rokkofur Glacier, which is actually four icebergs jutting into the Gulf of Iceland. These icebergs actually grow in size, so if you want a spectacular photo opportunity, the best time to see them is in winter. Some of the icebergs have caused massive iceberg halving, resulting in an increase in icebergs of up to 100 square kilometers. The water in these icebergs freezes as they grow, which can create dramatic effects in terms of the formation and shape of future icebergs. This is one of the main reasons why watching the glaciers is considered to be one of the most spectacular whale watching experiences in the world.
Blue whales make an annual migration from the North Pacific, through the Iceland archipelago, and down the Eastern Canadian and USA coasts. Although these majestic animals do spend a great deal of time out at sea, they spend a large portion of their time going back to the warm waters of their home waters. The last good chance they have to come into contact with open water is in July, which happens to be a busy time for scientists. This is also the time when most of the migratory whales depart for their long annual journey, which covers about 1250 miles.
It is important to understand that the best time to go whale watching in Iceland is in the months of April, May and June. The weather is cooler, the ice is softer and the whales are calmer this time around. As a result, the whale watching season is much longer during these months. If you plan to travel to Iceland, you can always try to make your way to Reykjavik during winter, when the crowds are lower but the whale watching is on. A little bit of planning up ahead of time can help you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.