13 days in Iceland & Ireland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland & Ireland Itinerary

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13 days in Iceland & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  19​h 30​min
1
Hvolsvollur, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Vik, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
5
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Chicago, United States

1
night
Hvolsvollur, Iceland

Hvolsvollur ©
Hvolsvöllur is a small town in the south of Iceland about 106 km to the east of Reykjavík.It is situated in the inland swamps of Landeyjar, in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra and has, as of January 2015, 934 inhabitants.OverviewThe name of the town literally translates to "Hillfield". On the 2nd (Sat), admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, then see the interesting displays at Saga Center, then admire the sheer force of Urridafoss Waterfall, and finally examine the collection at The House at Eyrarbakki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Fridheimar and then take in the natural beauty of Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hvolsvollur online holiday builder .

Chicago, USA to Hvolsvollur is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 6 hours. While traveling from Chicago, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Hvolsvollur, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Reykholt, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, Urridafoss Waterfall, The House at Eyrarbakki
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Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
The House at Eyrarbakki ©
The House at Eyrarbakki
Urridafoss Waterfall ©
Urridafoss Waterfall

2
nights
Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, explore the fascinating underground world of Rutshellir Cave, then kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, and then examine the collection at Skogar Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Vik online travel route planner .

You can drive from Hvolsvollur to Vik in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Vik are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogar
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Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): wander the streets of Laugavegur, admire all the interesting features of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Volcano House, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then see the interesting displays at Aurora Reykjavik, and finally kick back and relax at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach.

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Traveling by car from Vik to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Museums Beaches
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National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 9th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): head off the coast to Innisfallen Island and then stroll through Inch Beach.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Killarney vacation maker site .

Fly from Reykjavik to Killarney in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in May, things will get a bit warmer in Killarney: highs are around 17°C and lows about 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Dublin.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Inch Beach
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Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Innisfallen Island ©
Innisfallen Island

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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.
On the 11th (Mon), take a stroll through Temple Bar, pause for some photo ops at The Famine Sculptures, then kick back and relax at Portmarnock Beach, and finally explore the galleries of Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wicklow Mountains National Park.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dublin trip planner .

You can take a train from Killarney to Dublin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Killarney in May since evenings lows in Dublin dip to 7°C. On the 13th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Portmarnock Beach, Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Portmarnock Beach ©
Portmarnock Beach

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