30 days in Iceland, Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

30 days in Iceland, Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

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Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly + Shuttle:  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.
Appreciate the collections at Tales from Iceland and Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition. Your inner history buff will appreciate Grotta Lighthouse and Galgaklettur. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Borgarnes (Borgarnes Museum & The Settlement Center), Hraunfossar (in Husafell) and Brugghus Steoja (in Hvanneyri). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hvalsneskirkja.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, use the Reykjavik sightseeing tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Reykjavik is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Dublin in December, expect Reykjavik to be a bit cooler, temps between 2°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Husavik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Borgarnes, Thingvellir, Bruarfoss Waterfall, The Cave People, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hverir and Krafla Lava Fields. Your inner history buff will appreciate Faro de Gardur and Husavikurkirkja. Explore Husavik's surroundings by going to Asbyrgi (Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods) & Jokulsargljufur National Park) and Sigurgeirs Bird Museum (in Reykjahlid). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Lofthellir Lava Cave, get outside with Outdoor Activities, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and see the interesting displays at The Transportation Museum at Ystafell.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Husavik trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Husavik in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, Husavik is slightly colder at night with lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Skogar.

Things to do in Husavik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Asbyrgi, Faro de Gardur, Sigurgeirs Bird Museum
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Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods) ©
Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods)
Hverir ©
Hverir
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Rutshellir Cave. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Lava Centre, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, and finally admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall.

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Getting from Husavik to Skogar by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Husavik in January, Skogar is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Vik, Hvolsvollur, Reynisdrangar, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
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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.
Ulster Museum and HMS Caroline are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at SS Nomadic and Seamus Heaney HomePlace. Venture out of the city with trips to The Abingdon Collection (in Omagh) and Armagh (St. Patrick's Cathedral (Church of Ireland) & St. Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic)). And it doesn't end there: stop by Cathedral Quarter, take in the awesome beauty at Black Mountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne, and admire the striking features of St. Malachy's Church.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Belfast trip maker.

Traveling by car from Skogar to Belfast takes 94.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Skogar in January: highs in Belfast hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Armagh, The Abingdon Collection, WWT Castle Espie, Seamus Heaney HomePlace
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Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
HMS Caroline ©
HMS Caroline

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Wicklow Mountains National Park and 14 Henrietta Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: The Mill at Avoca Village (in Avoca), Greystones Blue Flag Beach (in Greystones) and Glendalough Cathedral (in Vale of Glendalough). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Temple Bar, delve into the distant past at Bru na Boinne, admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cliff Walk Car Park Bray.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Dublin are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Donore, Vale of Glendalough, Powerscourt Gardens and House, The Mill at Avoca Village, Malahide Castle
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
14 Henrietta Street ©
14 Henrietta Street

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Jerpoint Abbey and Rothe House and Garden. Popular historic sites such as Kilkenny Castle and Black Abbey are in your itinerary. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Ormond Castle (in Carrick-on-Suir), Curraghmore House (in Portlaw) and Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas). There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Hook Lighthouse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John the Evangelist Church, admire the masterpieces at Butler Gallery, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Butter Slip.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 4°C at night. 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, Ormond Castle, Holycross Abbey, Curraghmore House, Mayfield Birds of Prey
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Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

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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 St. Patrick's Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Torc Mountain Walk and Kerry Cliffs. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Uragh Stone Circle (in Tuosist) and Old Irish Ways (in Bruff). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Kerry Way, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Killarney vacation planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenmare, Kerry Cliffs, Uragh Stone Circle, Old Irish Ways
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Irish Whiskey Experience ©
Irish Whiskey Experience
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Oranmore Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Legend of the Claddagh Ring, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, see the interesting displays at The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally steep yourself in history at Monk's Fishing House.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway visit planner.

Drive from Killarney to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, Galway is little chillier than Killarney - with highs of 7°C and lows of 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, Hennigan's Heritage Centre, Michael Davitt Museum, Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
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Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life ©
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle

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