12 days in Iceland, Faroe Islands & Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland, Faroe Islands & Scotland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland, Faroe Islands & Scotland Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Vik, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Blaskogabyggd, Iceland
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  5​h
4
Vagar Island, Faroe Islands
— 1 night
helicopter:  15​min
5
Torshavn, Faroe Islands
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: New York City, United States

1
night
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 8th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally get engrossed in the history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): cast your line with a fishing tour.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip planning app .

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in February, expect nights in Reykjavik to be about the same, around 29°F, while days are little chillier, around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
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 10th (Mon): kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, explore the striking landscape at Dyrholaey, hike along Sólheimajökulll, then take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, and finally stroll through Rutshellir Cave.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Vik trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Reykjavik to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Vik, with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Blaskogabyggd, Iceland

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss, and finally take in the natural beauty of Geysir.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Blaskogabyggd route planning tool .

You can drive from Vik to Blaskogabyggd in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Vik in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Blaskogabyggd, with lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vagar Island.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Strokkur, Geysir, Bruarfoss Waterfall
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

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night
Vagar Island, Faroe Islands

Vagar Island ©
On the 12th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sandavagur Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Trollkonufingur, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Leitisvatn, then admire the sheer force of Mulafossur Waterfall, and finally don't miss a visit to Gasadalur Tunnel.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Vagar Island travel planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Blaskogabyggd to Vagar Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Blaskogabyggd in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Vagar Island, with lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to do a combination of to Torshavn.

Things to do in Vagar Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mulafossur Waterfall ©
Mulafossur Waterfall
Sandavagur Church ©
Sandavagur Church
Lake Leitisvatn ©
Lake Leitisvatn

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Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Torshavn ©
Tórshavn is the capital and largest town of the Faroe Islands. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Olavskirkjan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkjubour Cathedral, enjoy the sea views from Skansin Fortress, examine the collection at National Museum of the Faroe Islands, then explore the world behind art at Listasavn Foroya, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Nolsoyar Viti.

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Torshavn is just a short distance from Vagar Island. In February, daily temperatures in Torshavn can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Torshavn

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kirkjubour, Nolsoyar Viti, National Museum of the Faroe Islands
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Kirkjubour Cathedral ©
Kirkjubour Cathedral
Olavskirkjan ©
Olavskirkjan
Skansin Fortress ©
Skansin Fortress

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Dundas Castle, then examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, then examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, and finally step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Calton Hill, steep yourself in history at Advocate's Close, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, then take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Torshavn to Edinburgh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and train. In February, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Culloden Battlefield and General Wade’s Military Roads. Get some historical perspective at Nigg Old Church and Wardlaw Mausoleum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn (in Struy), RSPB - Insh Marshes (in Kingussie) and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Abernethy National Nature Reserve, take an in-depth tour of Tarbat Discovery Centre, stop by Glasstorm, and appreciate the views at North West Highlands Geopark.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Inverness takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Inverness, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Culloden Battlefield, General Wade’s Military Roads, Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Glasstorm, Tarbat Discovery Centre
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Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church

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