We went to visit the Belugas in the Westman Islands!

We headed to the Westmann Islands to get a glimpse of Little Grey and Little white, two Beluga Whales which were rescued from Shanghai water park and shipped to Iceland in a plane to give them a retirement in a habitat closer to the natural wild life of a Beluga. The sadly have spent to much time in captivity around humans for a full release into the wild to be safe for them.

The Westmann Islands (or Vestmannaeyjar in Icelandic) are a group of Islands off the south coast of mainland Iceland and you need to take a electric ferry ride to visit them. When docking in the main Island Heimaey the Beluga Sanctuary is about a 5 min. walk from the terminal. As you enter the sanctuary you learn all about Iceland´s underwater and coastal wildlife, you even get a glimpse of some puffins and pufflings (baby puffins) in the puffin rescue center inside. Walking further in you learn all about the Belugas journey to get to the sanctuary and how Belugas would live in the wild.

We then got a glimpse of the Belugas as they were in their inside pen. We sat watching them for so long as they are so fun to watch with their agile bodies twisting and turning. Their outside larger sea pen was under repair. As you sail into the islands you get a great view of the pen and when the Belugas are outside they run boat trips to visit them.

If you would like to visit them check out the Beluga Whale Sanctuary and Visit Westman Islands for more information.

Beluga whales’ dives may last up to 25 minutes and can reach depths of 800 meters

New team member alert!

We wanted to introduce @artwithsanna
Sanna is working with us as our Brand Coordinator and is the talent behind our rebranding.

She’s been working hard on some exciting projects for us and for her own art collection and we can’t wait to show you soon!

If you see her in the shop definitely say hi ?

We are plastic free!

Here at The Grumpy Whale we try and avoid single use plastic always. We avoid plastic like the plague, but if we are sent products in plastic we always recycle it directly ourselves or with a responsible recycling partner company.

In our products we pack our hot chocolate in clear bags, but it is not plastic. It is NatureFlex, a clear greaseproof film made from wood pulp from Vegware! The bag is fully compostable and keeps your hot chocolate mix fresh without having to use plastic. Yay!

We have opened a shop!

We have opened our own THE GRUMPY WHALE store in downtown Reykjavik. In this blog we are going to celebrate our opening and show you some of the building process.

When we got into our new space on Skólavörðustígur (the rainbow road leading to the big church) we needed to paint.

Then we needed furniture. We want to keep our environmental impact low, so we found these great pieces from the second hand store Góði Hirðirinn

We then put in all our products and decorated the window.

We hope to see you soon in the shop!