22 days in North Iceland, Wales & Scotland Itinerary

22 days in North Iceland, Wales & Scotland Itinerary

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Akureyri, Iceland
— 4 nights
Fly to Manchester Airport, Drive to Llandudno
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Llandudno, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive
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Swansea, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly to Inverness, Bus to Isle of Skye
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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Akureyri, Iceland — 4 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and Krafla Lava Fields. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Húsavík Whale Museum and Husavik Yellow Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Husavik (Speed Boats Tours & Husavikurkirkja). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Viti Crater, witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths, and take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Akureyri trip itinerary builder website.

Durham, USA to Akureyri is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Akureyri is 5 hours. In August, Akureyri is much colder than Durham - with highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Llandudno.
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Llandudno, United Kingdom — 5 nights

Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. Attractions like South Stack Lighthouse and Zip World Fforest make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Penrhyn Castle (National Trust) and Conwy Town Walls. Get out of town with these interesting Llandudno side-trips: Swallow Falls (in Betws-y-Coed), National Trust - Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens (in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll) and Zipline (in Blaenau Ffestiniog). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Plas Mawr, make a trip to Beaumaris Castle, take an in-depth tour of National Slate Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Beaumaris Gaol.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Llandudno online sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Akureyri to Llandudno. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Akureyri in August, with highs in Llandudno at 65°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Swansea.
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Swansea, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Swansea, officially known as the City and County of Swansea, is a coastal city and county in Wales. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castell Coch and Manorbier Castle. Kids will appreciate attractions like Rhossili Bay and Pembroke Castle. Explore Swansea's surroundings by going to Heatherton World of Activities (in St. Florence), National Museum Cardiff (in Cardiff) and Tenby (Tenby Castle Beach & Tenby Lifeboat Station). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gower Peninsula.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Swansea tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Llandudno to Swansea in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Swansea can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Isle of Skye.
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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Skye Museum of Island Life and Eilean Donan Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will appreciate attractions like Fairy Glen and The Quiraing. Step out of Isle of Skye with an excursion to Calum's Seal Trips in Plockton--about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Claigan Coral Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, take in the dramatic natural features at Kilt Rock, and explore the activities along Portree Harbour.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Isle of Skye trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Swansea to Isle of Skye takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. While traveling from Swansea, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Isle of Skye, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glasgow.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like House for an Art Lover and Scone Palace. Kids will enjoy The Tenement House and Room Escape Games. Get out of town with these interesting Glasgow side-trips: Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin), Stirling (National Wallace Monument & Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park) and Doune Castle (in Doune). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at The Necropolis, contemplate the long history of Glasgow Cathedral, and wander the streets of Buchanan Street.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Glasgow online road trip planner.

Getting from Isle of Skye to Glasgow by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Glasgow are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Wales travel guide

4.3
Wales attracts tourism with its stunning landscape, a wealth of history, and a huge number of imposing castles. Yet behind the spectacular scenery and the ancient fortress walls hides the simple warmth of the Welsh people, whose pride in their Celtic heritage is only exceeded by the love they feel for their homeland. This may be a relatively small country, but its spirit is truly grand. Your itinerary may just be made up of joining the locals at the pub or a village rugby game to soak up the famous Welsh spirit and learn about "hiraeth," a deep bond the Welsh feel with their land. Though compact, Wales has no shortage of secluded corners easily and quickly explored on an extensive network of footpaths, which makes a trip to this land a true hiker’s paradise.
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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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