Departing Iceland from the Blue Lagoon

I‘ve probably written the words amazing and incredible a million times by now, but our trip to Iceland really was awesome. After our tours through the Golden Circle and south coast, it was time to wrap up our visit to this magnificent country and head back home to Canada, which felt like another planet away.…

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South Shore Adventure in Iceland

Our sightseeing tour of Iceland had gotten off to a great start with our trip around the Golden Circle. On our second full day, we joined another tour with Arctic Adventures to see more of the south coast. Again, we had amazing views during the drive as we headed southeast out of Reykjavik. Icelandโ€™s climate…

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Touring the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon, Iceland

Following a disappointing Northern Lights tour with no aurora visible, we were keen to start our sightseeing tour of Iceland. We awoke early for our 8 am pick up by Your Days Tours (a subsidiary of Arctic Adventures) to embark on our small group minibus tour of the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle is Iceland’s…

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Landing in Reykjavik, Iceland

It was sad to leave London after an eventful week, but I was excited to make our way to Iceland for the adventure portion of our trip. I have had Iceland on my travel wish list for years and was finally getting my chance to visit the incredible Land of Fire and Ice. We departed…

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Wrapping up in London: Notting Hill, Kew Gardens, & Paddington Bear

We slept in a little after our late night out at the theatre, but managed to get up in time to catch the tube and start our day. The first stop for our final day in the UK was the west London district of Notting Hill. Browsing at Portobello Road Market Portobello Road Market in…

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South Bank, Tate Modern, & County Hall

We returned from our trip to the Cotswolds for another couple days of exploring in London. My horrible cold had reared its ugly head again overnight, and I awoke feeling groggy and queasy. We had reservations for breakfast at Dishoom and went ahead with the plan, but I had an appetite only for a small…

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Day trip to the Cotswolds & Oxford from London

After a whirlwind few days in London, we ventured out of the city for a day trip to the English countryside. I had read about the Cotswolds during my research for our trip and was keen to see this historic area. We found a well reviewed tour from Rabbie’s and headed out in the morning…

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Afternoon tea and Churchill War Rooms

Following a full day in London, we continued on with our busy itinerary. On this day, I had originally booked us tickets to tour the Buckingham Palace State Rooms and we were also planning to watch the changing of the guard. Unfortunately, the palace was closed to visitors immediately after news of the Queenโ€™s death…

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Sky Garden, Tower of London, & Westminster Abbey

Despite my scratchy throat rapidly evolving into a full blown head cold, I pushed through our jam-packed first full day in London. We awoke early in the morning and crossed London Bridge toward our first stop of the day, Sky Garden. Along the way, we admired some views overlooking the River Thames and the London…

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Landing in London: Borough Market and Covent Garden

We departed to London on an overnight flight from Toronto via Icelandair. Because we had booked with the Stopover in Iceland program, we had a short layover in Reykjavik and tiny preview of Iceland before travelling onward into London. As I mentioned in my last post, I had some concerns about being caught up in…

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