34 days in Finland, England & Iceland Itinerary

34 days in Finland, England & Iceland Itinerary

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34 days in Finland, England & Iceland Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Bath, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gloucester, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
York, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Penrith, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+3
train + tram + Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
7
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  12​h 30​min
8
Levi, Finland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Cape Town, South Africa

5
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You'll explore and learn at Churchill War Rooms and Victoria and Albert Museum. Get some cultural insight at St. Paul's Cathedral and Natural History Museum. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, explore the world behind art at Tate Modern, explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, and hunt for treasures at Covent Garden.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the London online travel planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to London is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cape Town to London. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: high temperatures in London hover around 11°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Portsmouth.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

3
nights
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Portsmouth ©
Portsmouth is a port city and unitary authority in the ceremonial English county of Hampshire and is located south-west of London and south-east of Southampton. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hengistbury Head Beach and Gustamps. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like HMS Warrior 1860 and Christchurch Priory Church. Explore Portsmouth's surroundings by going to Highclere Castle (in Newbury), Winchester Cathedral (in Winchester) and North Laine (in Brighton). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at HMS Victory and admire the landmark architecture of Chichester Cathedral.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Portsmouth trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from London to Portsmouth in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. December in Portsmouth sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Brighton and Hove, Hengistbury Head Beach, Christchurch Priory Church, Winchester Cathedral, Highclere Castle
Highlights from your plan
HMS Victory ©
HMS Victory
HMS Warrior 1860 ©
HMS Warrior 1860
Hengistbury Head Beach ©
Hengistbury Head Beach

4
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
For shopping fun, head to Pulteney Bridge or Longborough & Sezincote Village Shop. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fleet Air Arm Museum and The Tank Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Bath: Wells Cathedral (in Wells) and Stonehenge (in Amesbury). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Roman Baths, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Simon Jackson Antiques & Interiors, and get a taste of the local shopping with 44AD artspace.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Bath trip tool .

You can drive from Portsmouth to Bath in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gloucester.

Things to do in Bath

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Longborough & Sezincote Village Shop, The Tank Museum, Wells Cathedral, Stonehenge, Fleet Air Arm Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
The Tank Museum ©
The Tank Museum
Wells Cathedral ©
Wells Cathedral

4
nights
Gloucester, United Kingdom

Gloucester ©
Gloucester is a city and district in southwest England, the county city of Gloucestershire. Shop till you drop at Gloucestershire Arts and Crafts Centre and Hookshouse Pottery. Explore hidden gems such as Jet Age Museum and The Cotswold Range. Get out of town with these interesting Gloucester side-trips: WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (in Slimbridge), Cotswold Guided Walks Ltd (in Uley) and Purton Ships Graveyard (in Berkeley). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Hereford Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Art Couture Painswick Gallery, and explore the historical opulence of Ludlow Castle.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gloucester online travel planner .

You can drive from Bath to Gloucester in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to York.

Things to do in Gloucester

Wildlife Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Art Couture Painswick Gallery, WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Hereford Cathedral, The Cotswold Range, Purton Ships Graveyard
Highlights from your plan
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre ©
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre
Hereford Cathedral ©
Hereford Cathedral
Jet Age Museum ©
Jet Age Museum

4
nights
York, United Kingdom

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Explore hidden gems such as Steep Hill and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Streetlife Museum of Transport and Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Chatsworth House (in Bakewell) and Fountains Abbey (in Ripon). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Railway Museum, admire the landmark architecture of York Shambles, stop by Pandora's Box Antiques and Oddities, and view the masterpieces at Pyramid Gallery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the York journey planner .

Traveling by car from Gloucester to York takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Gloucester in December, expect little chillier with lows of 2°C in York. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Penrith.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Chatsworth House, Steep Hill, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Streetlife Museum of Transport, Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum
Highlights from your plan
Steep Hill ©
Steep Hill
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey
Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum ©

3
nights
Penrith, United Kingdom

Penrith ©
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Windermere and Alpacaly Ever After. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Quayside and Housesteads Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Penrith: Vindolanda (in Hexham), SpindleCraft (in Holmrook) and Carlisle Cathedral (in Carlisle). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castle Crag, shop like a local with Viridian Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Thornthwaite Galleries.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Penrith road trip website .

Getting from York to Penrith by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Penrith are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Penrith

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Keswick, Hexham, Alpacaly Ever After, Carlisle Cathedral, SpindleCraft
Highlights from your plan
The Quayside ©
The Quayside
Vindolanda ©
Vindolanda

3
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Popular historic sites such as Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition and Hallgrimskirkja are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Thingvellir National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Gullfoss (in Blaskogabyggd). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, wander the streets of Laugavegur, and enjoy the sea views from Grotta Lighthouse.

To find out how to plan a trip to Reykjavik, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Penrith to Reykjavik takes 8.5 hours. In December, Reykjavik is a bit cooler than Penrith - with highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Thermal Spas, Gullfoss Falls
Highlights from your plan
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Levi, Finland

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get some cultural insight at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila. Step off the beaten path and head to Levi Ski Resort and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Levi trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Reykjavik to Levi with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Reykjavik to Levi is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Reykjavik in December: high temperatures in Levi hover around -6°C and lows are around -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Trails Winter Sports

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila
Highlights from your plan
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

2
nights
Rovaniemi, Finland

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. On the next day, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Levi in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa

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