12 days in Iceland & Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland & Ireland Itinerary

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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 2 nights
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
Kinsale, Ireland
— 2 nights
Liscannor, Ireland
— 2 nights


Reykjavik, Iceland — 2 nights

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 1st (Thu), head outdoors with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, then appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, and finally stop by Hidden People Iceland.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik tour itinerary planning site.

Philadelphia, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. In September, Reykjavik is cooler than Philadelphia - with highs of 52°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Dublin.
Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Spas
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Dublin, Ireland — 4 nights

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, steep yourself in history at Dublin Castle, walk around St Stephens Green, and admire the landmark architecture of Trinity College Dublin.

To find out how to plan a trip to Dublin, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Dublin in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in September, expect nights in Dublin to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:

Kilkenny, Ireland — 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on Hawkeye School of Falconry, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, steep yourself in history at Rothe House and Garden, then get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. September in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kinsale.
Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

Kinsale, Ireland — 2 nights

Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum, learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kinsale Mead Co, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally admire the natural beauty at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance. On the next day, walk around President John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Colman’s Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kinsale trip builder.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Kinsale in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Kinsale sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Liscannor.
Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Liscannor, Ireland — 2 nights

Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. On the 11th (Sun), tee off at Lahinch Golf Club, then walk around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, and then take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Kilkee Cliff Walk, head off the coast to Scattery Island, and then examine the collection at The Museum of Irish Rural Life.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Liscannor road trip app.

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Liscannor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Golf
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Iceland travel guide

Waterfalls · Spas · Churches
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.

Ireland travel guide

Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.