26 days in Iceland, United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

26 days in Iceland, United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
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London, United Kingdom
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Reykjavik, Iceland — 4 nights

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Visit Hallgrimskirkja and Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) for their historical value. Get outdoors at Gullfoss Falls and Aurora Basecamp. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir), Strokkur (in Geysir) and Bruarfoss Waterfall (in Brekkuskogur). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Dogsledding Iceland, push the limits with an extreme tour, and admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Iceland.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik planner.

Canberra, Australia to Reykjavik is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 10 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Canberra in December, with highs in Reykjavik at 2°C and lows at -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 4 nights

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town. Get in touch with nature at Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill. Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Elie to see Elie Beach about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip website.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Edinburgh in 5.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Reykjavik in December: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 9°C and lows are around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Inverness.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Inverness, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Take a break from the city and head to Brora Beach and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre. You'll get in some beach time at Loch Morlich and Embo Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Nairn Beach in Nairn (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: make a trip to Culloden Battlefield and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Inverness vacation website.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Inverness are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 4 nights

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Get in touch with nature at Curracloe Beach and Portmarnock Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple Bar and Guinness Storehouse. Take a break from Dublin with a short trip to Ballinoulart Beach in Wexford, about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Christ Church Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Newman University Church, and make a trip to Merrion Square.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dublin sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 4 nights

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Visit Lahinch Beach and Salthill Beaches for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Ashford Castle and Riverside Walk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: The Great Western Greenway (in Westport), Clare Coastal Walk Project (in Doolin) and Ireland's School of Falconry (in Cong). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, catch some excitement at Castlefergus Equestrian, take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, and explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Galway road trip planning app.

Drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December in Galway, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can fly to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 5 nights

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Westminster Abbey and Tower of London. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Natural History Museum and National Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton) and Feldon Valley (in Lower Brailes). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, admire the masterpieces at The British Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our London trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Galway to London in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Spas · Churches
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.
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United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.
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Scottish Highlands travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
The Scottish Highlands are the reason why Scotland looks like nowhere else in the world. The rugged landscapes of the Highlands are at once formidable and beautiful. Perhaps the best way to experience the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the region is by including a leisurely road trip in your itinerary. A journey through the Highlands is a journey through the history of our planet, as the ancient rocks were formed over a period of hundreds of millions of years. The region contains some of Europe’s most extensive wilderness areas, many of which have been designated as national parks and are essential places to visit for any nature lover. Dotted with small fishing villages, the region is also a foodie's paradise, offering arguably some of the finest fresh seafood and venison delicacies in the world.
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Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.
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