30 days in Iceland, Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

30 days in Iceland, Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

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30 days in Iceland, Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Husavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h
3
Skogar, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​h 30​min
4
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Killarney, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Dublin, Ireland

3
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hallgrimskirkja and Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition. Your inner history buff will appreciate Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Grotta Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Hraunfossar (in Husafell), Brugghus Steoja (in Hvanneyri) and Borgarnes (Borgarnes Museum & The Settlement Center). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Hvalsneskirkja, and take in the natural beauty of Geysir.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip itinerary planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Reykjavik is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dublin in December: high temperatures in Reykjavik hover around 2°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Husavik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Thingvellir, Borgarnes, Hraunfossar, The Cave People, Brugghus Steoja
Highlights from your plan
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Husavik, Iceland

Husavik ©
The popular town of Husavik not only boasts some of Iceland's best whale-watching opportunities but is arguably the northeast coast's prettiest town.
Take a break from the city and head to Hverir and Lofthellir Lava Cave. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Exploration Museum and Husavikurkirkja. Change things up with these side-trips from Husavik: Sigurgeirs Bird Museum (in Reykjahlid), Asbyrgi (Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods) & Jokulsargljufur National Park) and Faro de Gardur (in Gardur). Next up on the itinerary: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, see the interesting displays at The Transportation Museum at Ystafell, stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Husavik day trip site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Husavik in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, Husavik is a bit cooler at night with lows of -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Skogar.

Things to do in Husavik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Asbyrgi, Faro de Gardur, Sigurgeirs Bird Museum
Highlights from your plan
Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods) ©
Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods)
Hverir ©
Hverir
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

2
nights
Skogar, Iceland

Skogar ©
Take a trip to Skogar for a chance to see a picture-perfect glacier and a collection of waterfalls fed by the Skoga River.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Reyniskirkja Church, appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Sand Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and finally take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Lava Centre, take in the dramatic scenery at Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss, then explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Skogar online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Husavik to Skogar in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Skogar when traveling from Husavik in January, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Vik, Hvolsvollur, Reynisdrangar, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre

3
nights
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ulster Museum and HMS Caroline. Escape the urban bustle at WWT Castle Espie and Black Mountain. Get out of town with these interesting Belfast side-trips: Armagh (St. Patrick's Cathedral (Church of Ireland) & St. Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic)), Seamus Heaney HomePlace (in Bellaghy) and The Abingdon Collection (in Omagh). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, get engrossed in the history at Irish Republican History Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at St George's Church.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Belfast trip site .

Traveling by car from Skogar to Belfast takes 94 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Skogar in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Belfast, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Armagh, WWT Castle Espie, The Abingdon Collection, Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Highlights from your plan
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
HMS Caroline ©
HMS Caroline
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic

5
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Take a break from the city and head to Wicklow Mountains National Park and Greystones Blue Flag Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Guinness Storehouse and 14 Henrietta Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Malahide Castle (in Malahide), The Mill at Avoca Village (in Avoca) and Donore (Bru na Boinne & Newgrange). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Temple Bar, hike along Cliff Walk Car Park Bray, explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, and see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin planning app .

Drive from Belfast to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Dublin sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Donore, The Mill at Avoca Village, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Greystones Blue Flag Beach, Glendalough Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park

4
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
You'll explore and learn at Hook Lighthouse and Rothe House and Garden. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jerpoint Abbey and Smithwick's Experience. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: Ormond Castle (in Carrick-on-Suir), Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas) and Curraghmore House (in Portlaw). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilkenny Castle, make a trip to Butler Gallery, and get to know the fascinating history of Butter Slip.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny online trip itinerary maker .

You can take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, Holycross Abbey, Holycross Abbey, St. Aidan's Cathedral, Ormond Castle
Highlights from your plan
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

4
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Mary's Cathedral and Uragh Stone Circle. Ross Castle and St. Patrick's Church will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Killarney with an excursion to Old Irish Ways in Bruff--about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: hike along Torc Mountain Walk, take in the awesome beauty at Carrantoohil, explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Killarney vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Killarney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Killarney, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenmare, Kerry Cliffs, Old Irish Ways, Uragh Stone Circle
Highlights from your plan
Carrantoohil ©
Carrantoohil
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk

3
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Oranmore Castle. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Legend of the Claddagh Ring, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum, examine the collection at The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally contemplate the long history of Monk's Fishing House.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Galway tour builder site .

You can drive from Killarney to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Killarney in January: high temperatures in Galway hover around 7°C and lows are around 2°C. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cong, Michael Davitt Museum, Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Hennigan's Heritage Centre
Highlights from your plan
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle

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