When I first visited Reykjavik back in 2013, it was slowly becoming a more popular travel destination, but most people were still confused why we were going. However, since Icelandair introduced its budget flights between the UK and U.S. – many of which offer an Iceland stopover at no extra flight cost – tourism has really taken off. Re-visiting Reykjavik this year I was amazing by how much it had changed in just six years!
It’s not exactly the first activity you associate with Iceland, but when I heard that it was possible to go snorkelling in the silfra fissure – the gap between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates – I knew I had to do it. Not only was this an opportunity to snorkel in some of the clearest water in the world, but it’s also the only place where you can snorkel between the Earth’s plates… pretty cool right?
Before heading off on my trip around the Balkans I had never actually heard of the 7 Rila Lakes in Bulgaria, let alone planned to go there. It was only when I ended up with a free day in Sofia and started looking at day trips that I found one of the most popular involved hiking in the Rila National Park to a point where you can see all of the 7 Rila Lakes from one incredible viewpoint. After a quick look through the photos, and knowing I wasn’t going to have too many opportunities to get into nature and out of the city in this trip, I knew I HAD to do it.
Before starting my Balkans trip I knew that while travelling through mainland Greece I wanted to visit the famous monasteries at Meteora. I initially planned to travel there on my way from Delphi to Thessaloniki but when I looked into public transport options it was trickier than I had anticipated. In this sort of situation I am not adverse to taking a tour and after looking at a few different ones I settled on Ammon Express’ Meteora day trip from Thessaloniki.
I have been meaning to take a day trip to Knole for the longest time for a couple of reasons. Firstly it is one of the closest old English houses to where we live and one of the only ones in the area I’ve never been to and secondly because of its well-known deer park. After all who doesn’t want to spend a day looking at cute bambis?
Well this weekend I finally got around to visiting and discovered a great family day out! It is also easily commutable from central London, which makes it a perfect day trip to add to your London itinerary if you’re looking to get a taste of the English countryside, soak up some history and see some adorable animals.