26 days in Christchurch, London & Iceland Itinerary

26 days in Christchurch, London & Iceland Itinerary

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Start: Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 day
Fly + Train:  28 h
2
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
4
Hveragerdi, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Vik, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Hofn, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Egilsstadir, Iceland
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
8
Reykjahlid, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Akureyri, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
10
Olafsvik, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
11
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  6 h 15 min
12
London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Train + Fly:  28 h
13
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 4 nights
End: Christchurch, New Zealand

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch route planner.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiport is Christchurch International Airport. In May, daytime highs in Christchurch are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Postal Museum and Bank of England Museum. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Wellcome Collection, don't miss a visit to Nelson's Column, steep yourself in history at Somerset House, and stroll around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the London trip planning site.

Do a combination of flight and train from Christchurch to London in 28 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 12 hours traveling from Christchurch to London. Traveling from Christchurch in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in London, with lows of 9°C. On the 20th (Wed), you're off to Reykjavik.

Things to do in London

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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The Postal Museum ©
The Postal Museum
Wellcome Collection ©
Wellcome Collection
Somerset House ©
Somerset House

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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.
For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Reykjavik tour itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from London to Reykjavik takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London in May, things will get slightly colder in Reykjavik: highs are around 11°C and lows about 4°C. On the 21st (Thu), you'll travel to Hveragerdi.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Hveragerdi, Iceland

Hveragerdi
Hveragerði is a town and municipality in the south of Iceland located 45 km to the east of Reykjavík on Iceland's main ringroad, Route 1.The river Varmá runs through the town.OverviewThe surrounding area is part of the Hengill central volcano, and is geothermally active and experiences very frequent (usually minor) earthquakes. Make your Hveragerdi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Reykjavik to Hveragerdi by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 3°C. On the 22nd (Fri), you're off to Vik.

Things to do in Hveragerdi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Vik, Iceland

Vik
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vik day trip planner.

You can drive from Hveragerdi to Vik in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 5°C. You will leave for Hofn on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors
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night
Hofn, Iceland

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. On the 23rd (Sat), enjoy the sea views from Hvalnes Lighthouse, then explore the world behind art at The Thorbergur center, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hoffellsjokull Glacier. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Vestrahorn.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Hofn trip maker tool.

Getting from Vik to Hofn by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hofn can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Egilsstadir.

Things to do in Hofn

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hvalnes Lighthouse
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Vestrahorn ©
Vestrahorn
The Thorbergur center ©
The Thorbergur center
Hvalnes Lighthouse ©
Hvalnes Lighthouse

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Egilsstadir, Iceland

Egilsstadir ©
On the 25th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Fardagafoss, admire the sheer force of Gufufoss, and then admire the sheer force of Litlanesfoss.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Egilsstadir using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hofn to Egilsstadir takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hofn in May since evenings lows in Egilsstadir dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Gufufoss
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Litlanesfoss ©
Litlanesfoss
Fardagafoss ©
Fardagafoss
Gufufoss ©
Gufufoss

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Reykjahlid, Iceland

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid online visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Egilsstadir to Reykjahlid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hofdi, Selfoss Waterfall
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Selfoss Waterfall ©
Selfoss Waterfall
Hofdi ©
Hofdi

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Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 27th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Akureyri travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Akureyri, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Olafsvik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Nature Parks Spas
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Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa ©
Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa

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Olafsvik, Iceland

Olafsvik ©
Ólafsvík is a small town in Iceland on the northern side of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. On the 28th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Bjarnarfoss, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Olafsvikurkirkja, then kick back and relax at Skardsvik Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Svortuloft Lighthouse.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Olafsvik online trip planner.

You can drive from Akureyri to Olafsvik in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Olafsvik

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Snaefellsbaer
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Bjarnarfoss ©
Bjarnarfoss
Olafsvikurkirkja ©
Olafsvikurkirkja
Svortuloft Lighthouse ©
Svortuloft Lighthouse

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik
To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Reykjavik planner.

Traveling by car from Olafsvik to Reykjavik takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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London, United Kingdom

London ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Westminster Cathedral. See even more of London: get engrossed in the history at Museum of London Docklands, stop by Liberty London, walk around Green Park, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our London trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Reykjavik to London takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Reykjavik in May: high temperatures in London hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in London

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Isabella Plantation
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The London Film Museum - Covent Garden ©
The London Film Museum - Covent Garden
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum ©
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Westminster Cathedral ©
Westminster Cathedral

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Newzengland Ltd - Clay Shooting & Archery Services and Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area. Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Ashburton (Smithfield Berries & Ashburton Aviation Museum), Hinewai Reserve (in Akaroa) and Geraldine (The Giant Jersey, Geraldine Observatory, &more). Enjoy Christchurch some more: have fun at Velocity Karts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michaels and All Angels, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch road trip tool.

Getting from London to Christchurch by combination of train and flight takes about 28 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Christchurch is 12 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from London in June, with highs in Christchurch at 14°C and lows at 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Geraldine, Ashburton, Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area, Hinewai Reserve
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Spas

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