17 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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Bus to Boston, Fly to Reykjavik
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Thingvellir, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grindavik, Iceland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to Hartford

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Reykjavik, Iceland — 3 nights

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for gifts at Hidden People Iceland, then explore the striking landscape at Langjokull Glacier, then admire all the interesting features of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Videy Island, get a dose of the wild on Dogsledding Iceland, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally cruise along Ring Road.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip itinerary planner.

Hartford, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hartford to Reykjavik is 5 hours. While traveling from Hartford, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Reykjavik, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Thingvellir.
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Thingvellir, Iceland — 2 nights

One of Iceland's most popular tourist destinations, Thingvellir represents a national park steeped in historical, cultural, and geological significance, as evidenced by its designation as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park, contemplate the long history of Thingvallakirkja church, then take in breathtaking views at Almannagja, and finally admire the sheer force of Oxararfoss. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Logberg (Law Rock), then make a trip to Galgaklettur, then cruise along Kaldidalur Valley, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Thorufoss.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Thingvellir trip builder site.

Drive from Reykjavik to Thingvellir in an hour. August in Thingvellir sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grindavik.
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Grindavik, Iceland — 2 nights

A historical fishing town on the scenic south coast of the Southern Peninsula, Grindavik boasts one main attraction, the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): contemplate the geological forces at Fagradalsfjall Active Volcano, witness a stunning natural landmark at Krysuvik, then pause for some serene contemplation at Strandarkirkja, and finally explore the striking landscape at Krysuvik Cliffs. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at Blue Lagoon, snap pictures at Bridge Between Continents, take in the dramatic natural features at Brimketill, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Gunnuhver Hot Springs, and finally make a trip to Reykjanes Lighthouse.

Discover how to plan a Grindavik trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Thingvellir to Grindavik in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Grindavik, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can fly to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 2 nights

Marble City

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and Dungarvan Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mayfield Birds of Prey and St. John the Evangelist Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: Ferns Castle (in Ferns), Criostal na Rinne (in Ring) and St. Aidan's Cathedral (in Enniscorthy). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, surround yourself with nature on Hawkeye School of Falconry, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mahon Falls (a.k.a. Eas na Machan).

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Traveling by flight from Grindavik to Kilkenny takes 6 hours. Traveling from Grindavik in August, things will get a bit warmer in Kilkenny: highs are around 64°F and lows about 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 2 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): look for gifts at Carrolls Irish Gifts, then take an in-depth tour of 14 Henrietta Street, then take a stroll through Grafton Street, and finally wander the streets of Temple Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, then see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, and finally sample the fine beverages at Teeling Whiskey Distillery.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin tour itinerary website.

Getting from Kilkenny to Dublin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Dublin are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can fly to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirkyard, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holyrood Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, steep yourself in history at Gladstone's Land, then contemplate the long history of Inchcolm Abbey and Island, and finally contemplate the long history of Dean Village.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Edinburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glasgow.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): witness the site of a historic battle at Stirling Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Rude, and then steep yourself in history at Stirling Old Town Jail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Merchant City, browse the exhibits of Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, then sample the fine beverages at The Clydeside Distillery, and finally stroll around Glasgow West End.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Glasgow day trip tool.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Glasgow, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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Iceland travel guide

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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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Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · History Museums
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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Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.
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