If you are planning your trip to Iceland, one of the things to check off your list is to experience whale watching in Iceland. We missed out on it when we were in Reykjavik back in 2014 due to the weather condition.

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When we were back for the second time, whale watching in Iceland was definitely in our list of things to do. We wanted to explore more of the North and Westfjords and chose to do whale watching in Akureyri.

Akureyri is located in the Eyjafjordur area and apparently the region has an incredibly high probability of spotting whales, especially the humpbacks. Sounds good to us!

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There were a few options to choose from and we went with Ambassador. We had a good experience with them and will recommend them to anyone who wants to do whale watching in North of Iceland. Many will chose to go to Husavik but Akureyri is just as good for whale watching.

We went around early September and the weather was slightly chilly but still pleasant. The boat wasn’t too crowded and everyone had space to walk about.

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It will take some time before the boat reaches the sighting spot. In the meantime you can soak in the breathtaking view around you.

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Once you reach the sighting area, the boat will slow down and you might see another whale watching boat nearby. We waited for about 10 minutes before we saw our first whale. It was an incredibly surreal experience to be so close to these sea creatures.

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Our boat crew told us we were extremely lucky because we managed to see a whale flip and the whales don’t do it often! The above picture is not the flip by the way 😉 the flip was captured in our video here. 

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Tips for whale watching in Iceland

  • Do bring a thick jacket even if the sun is shining bright. The boats do go at a high-speed and can get really cold especially when you are out waiting to see the whales.
  • Be patient. The chances of sighting the whales are very high especially on a clear day.
  • Just in case, bring motion sickness pills. I get bad motion sickness on buses, boats, trains, planes you name it. But I was fine throughout the whole whale watching experience.

How to get to Akureyri

We rented a car for all our travels in Iceland. This time, we rented a car from the airport and drove all the way up from Keflavik to Akureyri. It took us about five and a half hours to get there with a rest stop in between.

If you are only travelling around Reykjavik and the South of Iceland, you can also do whale watching in the capital.

Are you planning your trip to Iceland? Let me know in the comments!

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Summer days in UK is well and truly over here with grey skies and rain being the norm now. I am already starting to feel the chill in the morning and the drafts from the window.

I just wanted to do a summary post before we had into autumn/winter. We had such a busy summer with work and all but ended it with a good break in Portugal.

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We went to Brighton in May for our 10th anniversary.

We started with a trip to Brighton. It is one of my favourite places in the UK and probably one of the reasons why I adapted well living here. I have such fond memories of first arriving here more 13 years ago and going to sixth form college.

We haven’t been back for a few years and when Alex suggested going to Brighton to celebrate our 10th year, I didn’t think twice.

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If you ask anybody who knows me well, they will tell you I am really bad with directions. Even with google maps. So I was surprised when my body and feet remembered the little streets I used to wander with my friends.

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One of the things we really enjoy but just can’t seem to find the time to do is walks. We love walks in the countryside and being in Manchester, it’s like a gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, Peak District and just an hour away from Hebden Bridge.

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It’s one of those, let’s-just-go moments for a walk and also to spot bluebells. Sometimes it’s just good to take a short break just to recharge. Escape from hustle bustle in the city and just be with nature.

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We also spent a day in Whitby in summer. Our jobs require us to visit a destination in UK each Saturday during summer. It’s safe to say we have covered quite a bit of the country. I have yet to explore the Northumberland area so that’s definitely on the list.

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As mentioned on Instagram, I love this picture a lot. It reminded me a lot of my childhood and because my family trade is fishing nets, this made me miss my hometown very much.

I grew up up going to the beaches a lot and going fishing. Fishing is a hobby that I do a lot with my dad and when we do have children, it’s something I do wish to share with them.

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Another place we have been to countless times is the Lake District. This time we were in Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside. It always lovely to spend some summer days in the Lakes – boats and ice cream, what’s not to like.

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We do forget that it does get really crowded during summer with not just tourists from out of town but from other countries too.

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Over summer, Manchester made headlines in the news unwillingly. The terrible incident robbing off 22 innocent lives and at what was the most innocent and everyday life thing to do, music concert with so many children.

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I remember waking up to messages from Asia asking if I was okay and I haven’t even registered what had happened. We went to St. Ann’s Square to remember the victims and it was all just too heartbreaking to see the pictures of the young girls, mums, aunts and concert-goers in the sea of flowers and balloons.

Just realised how messy this post is! Never mind will do better next time.

I also did a little video to sum it our summer! I film a lot on the go and it did scare me a few months back when I thought I had lost all our memories with the hard drive. Definitely given me a push to do more videos.

Also will doing quite a few throwbacks on our travels because I do feel l am slowly forgetting details about them!

Summer days in UKWhen we first took on an allotment, it was more of his project than mine. I could never keep anything alive let alone allotment gardening. But somehow over time, I find myself spend more and more time in the allotment. I pored over books that I bought or borrowed from the library. The library is so well stocked with all sorts for allotment gardening. This was my holy grail book during my first year of allotment gardening.

It became my way to overcome stress either in work or just in general. Which is really funny because I used to laugh off gardening as an old-person hobby. Jokes on me I guess 😉

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I tried to be more efficient this year and to start sowing by late March. I did a mistake of sowing the courgettes too early this year and they ended growing too quickly before  I could transplant them out to the plot. The courgette leaves got too heavy and snapped easily. There’s still loads for us to learn for allotment gardening.

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One of the best thing about summer is eating fresh strawberries and it is also the first fruit we grew when we took on allotment gardening. Our strawberries patch went wild this year. We had so much harvest and it was practically strawberries for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Next year though I shall learn to make jam.

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Our plot at the start of summer. This is our third year in allotment gardening and it’s still learning progress. A lot of trial and error and patience is key. Our plot neighbour, Frances is a gem and is always kind to impart her gardening wisdom to us. We also found out we didn’t like the usual runner beans with red flowers but instead the white flowering Stardust breed are our favourites.

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Baby corns was a first for us this year. It was surprisingly easy to grow and I learned that they didn’t need to be placed so far apart as the instructions states.

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I am always buying cut flowers for our home so I told myself to plant more this year. More wildflowers for the bees as well.

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Our dahlia were grown from tubers which I bought from Wilkos. Am very pleased with these and will definitely get them for next year.

We had a fairly good year of harvest despite getting a few marrows from our courgette plant. That’s what happened when you get too busy at work. Just tidied the plot and it is ready for winter.

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  1. It’s always a I-will-do-it-later only to never get there after a few hours of this and that.
  2. Or work life consumes you so much that you have no energy to do anything else after.
  3. Or you could still be catching up on work after hours.
  4. And when you do get time to yourself, you just want to morph into one with the sofa and just do nothing.

Repeat steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 we will never get anywhere.

Let’s try to break the cycle.

Just before the year ended, we went for a walk in Heaton Park. I have actually never been to Heaton Park even though I have lived in Manchester for more than 10 years.

I was pleasantly surprised with the horses and ponies, made a mental note  to bring some carrots the next time.

My brother pretending he had peanuts to lure the squirrels over 😉

Chance upon this wood carving among the trees! Oh and if you have eagle eyes, you would have spotted the furry animal in the picture.

I tried to zoom in and take a picture of it. Didn’t realise it was looking right back at me until I uploaded the pictures to my Macbook.

It was a great way being in the park to end the year – just enough to recharge us.