Glenda at the Waterfall of the Gods in Akureyri, Iceland.

Volunteer travel diaries:

Journey through bustling cities and dramatic landscapes with volunteer, Glenda, as she travels from Hong Kong to Iceland and the UK. 

In August I left for Hong Kong to stay with my nephew and his wife. They live on the 60th floor of an apartment building and have a fantastic view looking over Hong Kong Harbour. I could lie in bed and watch the world go by in big ships, ferries and junks. I then flew to London and met my travelling companion and toured around London for a few days before catching a train to Southampton to board our cruise ship the Celebrity Silhouette.

The cruise went to Guernsey in the Channel Islands, then off to Ireland to visit Cork, Waterford, Dublin and Belfast. We then cruised to Iceland and visited the ports of Akureyri and the capital Reykjavic.

Iceland was an eye-opener. Very green and lush, hardly any ice, lots of hot springs, geysers, waterfalls and the oldest parliament in the world.

On returning to Southampton we spent a few days on the Isle of Wight and visited Osborne House which was the holiday home of Queen Victoria and where she eventually died. It is a very well-maintained house. Back on the mainland of England we then visited Hampton Court Palace where Henry VIII lived before Buckingham Palace was built. This was a beautifully preserved residence and my favourite of all the palaces and castles I have seen over the years.

– Glenda

The Needles, Isle of Wight.

Henry VIII’s toilet, Hampton Court Palace, England.