A typical whale watching tour includes a large dose of waiting and hoping. PIC Global Ranger

A typical whale watching tour includes a large dose of waiting and hoping. PIC Global Ranger

For those about to rock, or at least those about to embark on whale watching tour in Reykjavik Iceland, the times they sure are a-changing. A few years ago such trips would undoubtedly be successful and folks would come away happy as celibate monks. Nowadays, the smiles do not quite reach the eyes.

The reason for this that it seems whales are seen less and less and a spokesperson for one whale watching operator complains bitterly that the reason is whaling.[blockquote type=”blockquote_line” align=”right”]Is whaling killing the prospects of whale watching companies in Iceland?[/blockquote]

You see, the government in Iceland, being decidedly less than very smart, decided recently it was a cool move to allow whale hunting close to where whale watching tours take place in Faxafloi bay by Reykjavik.

Now, we do not know exactly how smart whales are but if they have half a brain it would make sense to swim far away from an area filled with the blood and odor of your fellow being every day. Perhaps the ongoing hunting is the reason why whales are more rarely seen than before. Then again, Icelanders have hunted whales for decades.

In any case, any tourist willing to endure two to three hours on a whale watching cruise should be aware that the likelihood of actually seeing the beautiful beasts are dwindling fast. Oh, and seasickness is a factor too.