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Seeking Advice for Iceland/UK vacation!

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1. Posted by Rylie32 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 37w

I'll be traveling from New York, to Iceland, then to London in May 2016. I will only be able to spend 3 days in Iceland, and then 7 days in London. We were thinking of also going to Scotland while we're in London as well via the Eurorail. What are some places we should check out or things to do in the short time we're there? Any "must do's"? Any advice helps, thank you!

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Jan-2016, at 13:40 by Rylie32 ]

2. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 647 posts) 37w

3 days in Iceland is fine. Do a 1 day golden circle tour, see the city in 1 day, and if one of your three days involves travelling you can visit the Blue Lagoon spa near the airport. Or with a full day still go and do that, then see more city sights. Highlights are hallgrims church, the various museums (volcanoes, city history, penis (!)), and really just soaking up the city. I like spaaing with the locals at laugardaleslaug - geothermal city baths. The viewpoint from Perlan is great too - a revolving restaurant on top of the water tower.

If you mean still within 7 days, you don't have time to do anything worthwhile in Scotland - it isn't worth travelling a whole day from London and a whole day back just to see Edinburgh. Scotland needs minimum 4 days tour from the central cities to do a driving loop to see the sights.

3. Posted by Rogerdillon (Budding Member 14 posts) 37w

Hi Rylie32,
I would suggest some place to visit in the Uk. such as,

2.Windsor Castle
3.Tower of London
4.Windermere Lake


In Iceland

1.The Northern Lights
2.Blue Lagoon
3.Hveravellir Glacier

These are the most places to Visit.
Hoping its help you.

Roger Dillon

4. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 647 posts) 37w

You aren't going to see the northern lights in may.

5. Posted by Angeyeos (Budding Member 6 posts) 37w

Agree you won't have time to go to Scotland while in London! You could travel to Stratford home of shakesphere!!

6. Posted by Candice_88 (Inactive 10 posts) 28w

When in Iceland, do not miss a chance to pamper your body in the hot springs ;)

7. Posted by bethanylj27 (Budding Member 4 posts) 28w

Iceland is a beautiful country, definitely do the Golden Circle day tour, (yourdaytours are fab for this trip). You get to see the national park, geysir and waterfalls! Blue lagoon is lovely if you get time to go there too. Unfortunately May isn't the best time of year to see the Northern Lights as there will be too much daylight. But the city of Reykjavik has some cool museums and other sightseeing places.
It's probably not worth travelling to Scotland from London, you'd need a good few days to see it really. Loads to do and see in London! If you are willing to travel a few hours outside of the city, then Cambridge is also beautiful. May would be a great time to go punting along the river! :)

8. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 609 posts) 28w


I did that stopover in Iceland - excellent - My TP BLOGO tells what I got up to there.

Can you change your flight to stop at Scotland & travel down to Scotland by rail or even by air?