Friday, September 6, 2013
Whales, Puffins, and Reindeer
Among my visits to the magnificent waterfalls, cinder cones, and glaciers, I had hoped to see a whale, some puffins, and reindeer. After two three-hour tours aboard a boat searching for whales, the only life sighted, besides other tourists looking for the same, were sea birds riding the waves, puffins that resembled black blobs on a rock, and a ghostly view of a harbor porpoise. Overall, the whale tours were a disappointment.
Upon my arrival in the town of Akureyri, the hotel clerk pointed to a picture behind his desk. The fluke of a humpback whale had been photographed in the bay across from the hotel just the evening before. Unfortunately, the whale failed to return during the two nights I stayed there, and I never fulfilled my wish of seeing a whale. At that point, I didn't really count the puffin sighting either.
Even though the whale remained elusive, I was pleased. After all, two out of three goals isn't bad.