With 24 hour daylight in Northern Iceland it is all about the weather - you go when it is good. Olly and George had a very hard crossing on Wednesday night thanks to strong winds and big swell. They found refuge on the beach, pitched the tent and then waited for some better conditions which came late last night. The boat sustained a bit of damage on some rocks but they have managed to fix it.
In bad conditions, not only does Olly's face become 'The Wave Catcher' but they are unable to eat because all concentration goes into paddling. It is very hard in the confined space of a kayak to do much eating in anything other than calm seas. Because of this, they had a glut of Snickers, nuts, jelly babies and flapjacks when they landed. These uneaten rations were soon gobbled up though!!
Another disadvantage of bad conditions is that they cannot hear much - whether that is each other or their favourite thing... their waterproof speaker playing endless Desert Island Discs podcasts!
They are seeing whales almost every day, the pod of Orca whales were the highlight. Both George and Olly's beards are coming on nicely and Olly's eyebrows are reaching a new level of fluorescent - in preparation for when they get further south and need to light their boat at night...
Currently they are pushing hard to Husavik where they will have a bit of a rest, maybe even for a couple of days - however if the weather turns for the better then they'll probably kick on.