60 days in Iceland, United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

60 days in Iceland, United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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60 days in Iceland, United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + Bus:  14​h 45​min
1
Vik, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
3
Akureyri, Iceland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
York, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
7
London, United Kingdom
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Killarney, Ireland
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Galway, Ireland
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Dublin, Ireland
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada

1
night
Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vik trip planning app .

Toronto, Canada to Vik is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Vik is 5 hours. Traveling from Toronto in July, expect nights in Vik to be little chillier, around 11°C, while days are cooler, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss

4
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition and Hallgrimskirkja. Do some cultural sightseeing at Thingvellir National Park and Aurora Reykjavik. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall (in Hella) and Strokkur (in Geysir). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, see Off-Road Tours, and get your game on at Mink Viking Portrait Studio.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip tool .

Traveling by car from Vik to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Strokkur, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park

3
nights
Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mývatn Nature Baths and Hverir. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Myvatn, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), pause for some serene contemplation at Saurbaejarkirkja, and go for a walk through Viti Crater.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Akureyri online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Akureyri

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverir ©
Hverir
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths

6
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as St Giles' Cathedral and Alnwick Castle. Get a sense of the local culture at Edinburgh Castle and Bamburgh Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens (in Blair Atholl), The Alnwick Garden (in Alnwick) and Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, contemplate the long history of Georgian House, explore the different monuments and memorials at South Leith Parish Church, and make a trip to Lindisfarne Priory.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip planner .

You can fly from Akureyri to Edinburgh in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Akureyri in July, you will find days in Edinburgh are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a train to York.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Alnwick, Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne Priory, Rosslyn Chapel, Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens
Highlights from your plan
St Giles' Cathedral ©
St Giles' Cathedral
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory

6
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.
Lincoln Cathedral and Whitby Abbey are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Durham Cathedral and Lincoln Castle will appeal to history buffs. Explore York's surroundings by going to Sandsend Beach (in Sandsend), Rievaulx Abbey (in Helmsley) and 199 Steps (in Whitby). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castle Howard, tour the pleasant surroundings at Scarborough Beach, explore the ancient world of Fountains Abbey, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at York Minster.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our York trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to York takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daily temperatures in York can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Liverpool.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Whitby, Lincoln, Rievaulx Abbey, Fountains Abbey, Filey Beach
Highlights from your plan
Rievaulx Abbey ©
Rievaulx Abbey
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey
Sandsend Beach ©
Sandsend Beach

7
nights
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Liverpool Cathedral and Conwy Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Liverpool and Powis Castle and Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Liverpool: Llandudno (Llandudno Promenade, Great Orme, & more), Beaumaris Castle (in Beaumaris) and Caernarfon Castle (in Caernarfon). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Walls of Chester, pause for some serene contemplation at Chester Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Plas Mawr, and enjoy the sea views from South Stack Lighthouse.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Liverpool visit planner .

Drive from York to Liverpool in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Liverpool

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Llandudno, Chester, Conwy, Beaumaris Castle, Llanddwyn Beach
Highlights from your plan
Llandudno Promenade ©
Llandudno Promenade
Plas Mawr ©
Plas Mawr
Powis Castle and Garden ©
Powis Castle and Garden

8
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tower of London and Stonehenge. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blenheim Palace and Beachy Head. Venture out of the city with trips to Dover Castle (in Dover), Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta (in Salisbury) and Ely Cathedral (in Ely). There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, learn about all things military at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the London trip planner.

Traveling by train from Liverpool to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daily temperatures in London can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cork.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, Beachy Head, Blenheim Palace
Highlights from your plan
Tower of London ©
Tower of London
Blenheim Palace ©
Blenheim Palace
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

3
nights
Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Blarney Castle & Gardens and Cobh Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rock of Cashel and Titanic Experience Cobh. Explore Cork's surroundings by going to Kinsale (Kinsale Regional Museum, Charles Fort, & more). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol and sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Cork trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from London to Cork in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in Cork reach 20°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Kinsale, Cobh, Rock of Cashel, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Highlights from your plan
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

6
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Muckross House and Ross Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Killarney National Park and Inch Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killarney: Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm (in Kenmare) and Gallarus Oratory (in Dingle). Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. Spend a day of island exploring on the 15th (Sat) at Skellig Michael. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Church, and take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Killarney day trip planning site .

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kenmare, Slea Head Drive, Skellig Michael, Gallarus Oratory, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive

7
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.
Popular historic sites such as Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Clonmacnoise are in your itinerary. Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and King John's Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Michael Davitt Museum (in Foxford), Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb (in Caherconnell) and Cong (Ashford Castle & Monk's Fishing House). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Sky Rd, contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen, take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, and identify plant and animal life at The Lost Valley.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Killarney to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

County Clare, Cong, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Fanore Beach, Sky Rd
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Clonmacnoise ©
Clonmacnoise
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kilkenny Castle and Bru na Boinne. Your inner history buff will appreciate Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: Ferns Castle (in Ferns), Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe) and Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Michan's Church.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Dublin sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Curracloe Beach, Bru na Boinne, Ferns Castle
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum

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