During the early morning hours of Thursday, 31st May, the IWDG's Celtic Mist arrived into Vestmannaeyjar Harbour in the Westman Islands (pictured left), which is 200 miles south of Reykjavik. After sailing a 1,000 miles in just six days from Dublin, the crew reported a great voyage up, having had "a great experience being away from everything", with a great, if not "slightly crazy" skipper, Liam Quinn! While there were no whale sightings en route, there were sightings of dolphins just north of Ireland. The crew also did a hydrophone survey on the shelf edge to listen for whales and test the equipment.
The crew are now tidying the boat and carrying out maintenance before heading up to Reykjavik, where the crew will changeover this Sunday/Monday before the next leg from Reykjavik to Isafjordur starts.
Photos: left – the crew in Vestmannaeyjar and scenes from the voyage
Check out our crew vlogs about the journey up (just click on the photo to be taken to the video). Left: Liam Quinn, skipper; Middle: crew talk about the journey; Right: Emmett Johnston on sightings