24 days in Iceland & Nova Scotia Itinerary

24 days in Iceland & Nova Scotia Itinerary

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Halifax, Canada
— 1 day
Fly
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Sydney, Canada
— 2 nights
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Drive to Englishtown, NS, Ferry to Jersey Cove, NS, Drive to Ingonish
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Ingonish, Canada
— 3 nights
Ferry to Englishtown, NS, Fly to Peggy's Cove
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Peggy's Cove, Canada
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mabou, Canada
— 3 nights
Drive
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Baddeck, Canada
— 3 nights
Drive to Sydney / J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport, Fly to Reykjavik
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vik, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Blaskogabyggd, Iceland
— 3 nights
Fly

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Halifax, Canada

— 1 day
The largest city on Canada's eastern coastline, Halifax boast a rich maritime history and occupies a strategically important location with one of the world's greatest natural harbors.
On the 31st (Sun), brush up on your military savvy at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, take in nature's colorful creations at Halifax Public Gardens, then learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Back to the Sea Touch Tank Hut.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Halifax trip maker tool.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Halifax / Stanfield International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Halifax can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Halifax

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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Sydney, Canada

— 2 nights
Sydney is a population centre and former city in Nova Scotia, Canada. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): make a trip to The Big Fiddle and then steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial, stroll around Mariner’s Park, pause for some photo ops at A Land of our own, then get engrossed in the history at Whitney Pier Historical Society Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Redeemer Parish, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Theresa's Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip website.

Fly from Halifax to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Halifax in January, things will get slightly colder in Sydney: highs are around -1°C and lows about -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ingonish.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:

Ingonish, Canada

— 3 nights
Nestled on a cozy harbor surrounded by green forests, the coastal town of Ingonish serves as the perfect coastal retreat for those after a quiet getaway.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ingonish: Pleasant Bay (MacIntosh Brook Trail, Lone Shieling, &more), North Highlands Community Museum (in Cape North) and St. Paul Island Museum & Lighthouse (in Dingwall). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park, look for gifts at Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Franey Mountain, and trek along Middle Head Trail.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ingonish trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Sydney to Ingonish takes 3 hours. In February in Ingonish, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Peggy's Cove.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:

Peggy's Cove, Canada

— 3 nights
Begin your Peggy's Cove holiday by exploring the area's Atlantic coastline, featuring water-washed rolling rocks dotted with a number of lighthouses, including the one recognized as the town's symbol.
On the 7th (Sun), look for gifts at Amos Pewter, admire the masterpieces at William deGarthe Art Gallery, visit a coastal fixture at Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, then pause for some photo ops at William E. deGarthe Memorial Provincial Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Swissair Flight 111 Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Peggy Of The Cove, then explore the galleries of Twelve Acre Hill Gallery, then walk around Cleveland Beach Provincial Park, and finally walk around Graves Island Provincial Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Peggy's Cove vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ingonish to Peggy's Cove takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Ingonish in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of -7°C in Peggy's Cove. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Mabou.

Things to do in Peggy's Cove

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Mabou, Canada

— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): play a few rounds at Cabot Cliffs Golf Course, then view the masterpieces at Doug Fraser Art Gallery and Sculptural Garden, and then make a trip to St. Marys Parish. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Ann Schroeder Studio: Fine Art Quilts, tour the pleasant surroundings at West Mabou Beach, then trek along Mabou River Trails, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stella Maris Parish.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mabou online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Peggy's Cove to Mabou takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Mabou

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:

Baddeck, Canada

— 3 nights
For most visitors on holiday in Baddeck, the town represents the beginning and the end of the world-famous Cabot Trail, a scenic roadway looping around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island.
When in Baddeck, make a side trip to see Margaree Salmon Museum in Margaree Valley, approximately Margaree Valley away. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stroll through Ski Tuonela, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Spruce Brewing.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Baddeck road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Mabou to Baddeck takes an hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Baddeck

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:

Reykjavik, Iceland

— 2 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 17th (Wed), see Off-Road Tours, pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, then get your game on at Mink Viking Portrait Studio, and finally see the interesting displays at Aurora Reykjavik. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, and then examine the collection at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition.

To find ratings and tourist information, use the Reykjavik trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Baddeck to Reykjavik. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Baddeck to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Baddeck, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Reykjavik, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:

Vik, Iceland

— 2 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey, then contemplate the long history of Rutshellir Cave, then take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, and finally don't miss a visit to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck. On the next day, kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskirkja Church, kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and finally pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vik trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Reykjavik to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Vik, with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:

Blaskogabyggd, Iceland

— 3 nights
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Geysir, take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, and finally admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Geysir Golf Course and then appreciate the views at Gjain.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Blaskogabyggd holiday builder website.

Drive from Vik to Blaskogabyggd in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Vik in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Blaskogabyggd, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks · Nature · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:

Nova Scotia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Military Museums · Gardens
Small in terms of land area, Nova Scotia nevertheless encompasses nearly 3,800 islands floating in the Atlantic just off Canada's mainland. A vacation in Nova Scotia is understandably an ocean-based experienced, allowing you to stay within 60 km (40 mi) of the water no matter where you choose to base your adventure. Stay near the ocean, and you'll find mostly lighthouses and small settlements living off lobster fishing. Drive or cycle inland, and the landscape changes dramatically, with pretty orchards and photogenic highlands dominating the geography everywhere you look. For urban amenities during your Nova Scotia holiday, look no farther than provincial capital Halifax, offering the region's biggest range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

Iceland travel guide

4.5
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.