24 days in Iceland & Nova Scotia Itinerary

24 days in Iceland & Nova Scotia Itinerary

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1
Halifax, Canada
— 1 day
2
Sydney, Canada
— 2 nights
3
Ingonish, Canada
— 3 nights
4
Peggy's Cove, Canada
— 3 nights
5
Mabou, Canada
— 3 nights
6
Baddeck, Canada
— 3 nights
7
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 2 nights
8
Vik, Iceland
— 2 nights
9
Blaskogabyggd, Iceland
— 3 nights

1
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Halifax, Canada

Halifax ©
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, thenlearn 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 °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Halifax

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Back to the Sea Touch Tank Hut
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Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ©
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Halifax Public Gardens ©
Halifax Public Gardens

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Sydney, Canada

Sydney ©
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, thenget engrossed in the history at Whitney Pier Historical Society Museum, thentake 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 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Halifax in January, things will get slightly colder in Sydney: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
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The Big Fiddle ©
The Big Fiddle
Cape Breton Regional Library ©
Cape Breton Regional Library

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Ingonish, Canada

Ingonish ©
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), St. Paul Island Museum & Lighthouse (in Dingwall) and North Highlands Community Museum (in Cape North). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park, trek along Middle Head Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Franey Mountain, and kick back and relax at Ingonish Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Sydney to Ingonish takes 2 hours. In February in Ingonish, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Peggy's Cove.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pleasant Bay, Dingwall, Cape Breton Island, North Highlands Community Museum
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Black Brook Beach ©
Black Brook Beach
Franey Mountain ©
Franey Mountain

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Peggy's Cove, Canada

Peggy's Cove ©
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, thenpause 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, thenexplore the galleries of Twelve Acre Hill Gallery, thenwalk 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 car from Ingonish to Peggy's Cove takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Ingonish in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of °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

Side Trips

Twelve Acre Hill Gallery, Cleveland Beach Provincial Park, Graves Island Provincial Park, Polly's Cove Hiking Trail, Peggy Of The Cove
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Cleveland Beach Provincial Park ©
Cleveland Beach Provincial Park
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse ©
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Amos Pewter ©
Amos Pewter

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Mabou, Canada

Mabou ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): play a few rounds at Cabot Cliffs Golf Course, thenview 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, thentrek 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.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Peggy's Cove to Mabou. 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

Side Trip

Inverness
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Cabot Cliffs Golf Course ©
Cabot Cliffs Golf Course
Mother of Sorrows Pioneer Shrine ©
Mother of Sorrows Pioneer Shrine
Doug Fraser Art Gallery and Sculptural Garden ©

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Baddeck, Canada

Baddeck ©
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, steep yourself in history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, stroll through Ski Tuonela, and stop by Baadeck Yarns.

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 °C, and evening lows to °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

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Margaree Salmon Museum
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Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Ski Tuonela ©
Ski Tuonela

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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.
On the 17th (Wed), see Off-Road Tours, pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, thenget 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, thentake 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 °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Museums Outdoors
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Sun Voyager ©
Sun Voyager
Food Tours

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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 19th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey, thencontemplate the long history of Rutshellir Cave, thentake 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 Reyniskyrka Church, kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, thenexplore 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 °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Skogar
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

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Blaskogabyggd, Iceland

Blaskogabyggd ©
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, thenadmire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, thentake 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 °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature Golf

Side Trips

Geysir, Geysir, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Gjain
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Geysir ©
Geysir

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