Missed connections: Iceland, Scotland, & England

Like many other travel lovers, the events of the last few months have put a real damper on my plans. Andy from Andy’s World Journeys just wrote a post about where he was supposed to be right now, and it got me thinking about how I was supposed to be travelling now too. As I’ve alluded to in several other posts, this month was when I was intending to depart for a two week trip to Iceland and part of the United Kingdom. Our tentative itinerary was as follows.


Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik, Iceland. Spend a few hours at the Blue Lagoon and then wander around town.

Day 2: Start our South Coast tour with Arctic Adventures. Visit Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls, and the Reynisfjara Black Beach. Overnight in Vik.

Day 3: Explore Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, and Vatnajokull National Park. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 4: Tour the Golden Circle, including Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir geothermal area, and the Secret Lagoon. Final night in Reykjavik.

Day 5: Flight to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Day 6: Start our Isle of Skye tour with Discover Scotland. Travel to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, and then head to Fort William. Ride on the Jacobite Steam Train (the Hogwarts Express!) to Mallaig. Ferry to Isle of Skye and drive to Kyleakin for our overnight stay.

Day 7: Full day tour of Isle of Skye. Highlights include the Faerie Glen, Cuillin Mountains, Quiraing, Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls, the Old Man of Storr, and Portree. Overnight in Kyleakin.

Day 8: Depart Isle of Skye via the Skye Bridge. Visit Eilean Donan Castle and Glenelg viewpoint. Head to Fort Augustus for lunch. Visit to Dalwhinnie Distillery en route back to Edinburgh.

Day 9: Whisky tour at Glengoyne and Deaston Distilleries with Rabbie’s. Final night in Edinburgh.

Day 10: Explore a bit more of Edinburgh during the day. Late flight to London, England.

Day 11: A day in London.

Day 12: Visit the Emirates Stadium, or if lucky enough to figure out how to procure tickets, attend a Premier League football game. Final night in London.

Day 13: End of trip. Return home to Canada.


Sadly, none of this will be coming to fruition. On the bright side, I had not actually booked anything by the time the pandemic was declared and the global situation continued to ramp up, so I haven’t had to deal with the hassle of managing a trip cancellation. Right now, I have a few weeks booked off in early September, but I don’t think we will be travelling internationally by then. Looks like I’ll have to keep this filed away on the travel bucket list!

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20 responses to “Missed connections: Iceland, Scotland, & England”

  1. Such a bummer. That would have been a fantastic trip.

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    1. I was looking forward to it for sure. Is your Spain trip officially cancelled or still waiting things out?

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      1. A bit of both at the moment. My mom and brother have cancelled their flight and the Belgians are seeing if they can get refunded on the Pyrenees hotel they had booked for us all. I tried getting a travel voucher from the airline, but currently Air France is only doing this for flights flying by July 3. We were due to leave a few days after that date. I’m going to wait a few weeks, then see if they’ve changed that date. I haven’t cancelled the Spain/Andorra hotels yet, and interestingly enough, we haven’t contacted the British petsitter (whose plane ticket has been booked for close to a year), nor has she contacted us. It’s probably a case of nobody wanting to make the first move. The truth is, if she’s still willing to come, we’ll probably take our little trailer and go out west, though we wouldn’t fault her at all if she cancelled. Frankly, we’re expecting it.
        Sorry for such a long answer. That’ll teach ya to ask me an open-ended travel question ever again. Ha ha!

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  2. thanks for the mention! its such a pity isnt it? I went to Iceland back 21 years ago now, but didnt plan it very well and would love to return some time and ‘do it’ properly

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    1. Iceland has been on my bucket list for a long time, hopefully it will happen next year for me!

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  3. that sounds like an awesome trip, hopefully you get to do so in the future.

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    1. Yup, I’ll be looking forward to when all this is over!

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      1. definitely trying to figure out my plans myself. Would like to go back to Europe, do some other cities plus go back to London.

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  4. It would have been fantastic. Hope you can have this in the future soon!

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  5. That sounds like a wonderful trip. I’m supposed to be on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia right now. And I’m supposed to be in Scotland at the beginning of October, but that’s looking less likely as time goes on. The good news is that there is always next year for our travels. 😀

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    1. Yes, there’s always next year. Just need to stay patient for these next many months 🙂

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  6. Aww, I hope you make it here at some point. And let me know if you make it to Edinburgh, happy to show you around! 🙂 P.S. we’re thinking of re-planning our Japan trip for next year and tempted to add a few days on! Maybe you could do the same thing for your trip. 🙂 After all, if we can’t do it now, we might as well make it even MORE awesome when we can, right?!

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    1. Yes that’s what I’ve been thinking, we will probably be saving up at least a week of vacation days this year that can be carried over to 2021 for a longer trip!

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  7. That must be a wonderful trip. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Unfortunately I don’t know when this trip will ever happen. Someday soon I hope!

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      1. Those countries are just amazing. Hoping we can visit soon.

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