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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