Sailing off Iceland … is no holiday

‘Sail with us and you might not have a shower for a week’ says the yacht’s skipper. But orcas, coastal waterfalls and sense of real adventure more than compensate

“Adventure is just bad planning,” said Roald Amundsen who knew a thing or two about extreme voyages. I appreciate the Norwegian explorer’s point when we practise man-overboard drills on the Hummingbird yacht off the coast of Iceland. There are experienced professional sailors in charge, but it still takes us 10 minutes to pluck our casualty (a boat fender) from the water. That’s five minutes too long in these frigid seas.

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