Along with tourism in Iceland, the trend of solo travel has grown steadily in popularity over time. Both male and female solo travelers make their way the small Nordic island to experience all the outdoor thrills and adventures that await. With all of the organized tours and excursions to the island’s main sights, there’s no need to wait for a travel companion to go. So what are some tips for traveling to Iceland if you’re going by yourself? What’s the best way to advantage of your time here? Let’s dive in to see what it’s like taking a solo trip to Iceland. This is one of the safest countries on earth, and the Ring Road makes it extremely easy to navigate. Plus, the breathtaking scenery and beautiful landscapes are prime for self-reflection and really enjoying your surroundings.
Tip #1 For Iceland Solo Travel: Come During The Summer
I say this for multiple reasons. First, the majority of Iceland’s tourists come during the summer months. If you are traveling by yourself, there will definitely be times when you want to be alone and take in all of Mother Nature’s beauty. But there are also times when you want to be a little more social. Lots of tourists come to Iceland with a sense of adventure, and it will be much easier to strike up a conversation at a bar on Laugavegur street or along the hiking trails of Landmannalaugar when there are plenty of people around. And who knows, you might even make a new friend who is also traveling alone. Combine your itineraries for a day or two and take an excursion to Snaefellsnes peninsula together. I did this once with a fellow solo traveler, and we had a blast traveling along the southeastern coast of Spain for a few days.
Another added bonus for coming during the warmer months means that people won’t be cooped up inside just trying to avoid the cold. The nearly endless days of the Midnight Sun and pleasant weather means that everyone is out and about.
Tip #2 For Iceland Solo Travel: Stay at Campsites
This tip relates back to tip #1. It’s much easier to meet people when you’re not holed up in a hotel room. You’re much more likely to start chatting with fellow campers over community and dining spaces than you are with people in a cafe or bar. Sometimes you’ll even meet groups of friends traveling together, and they’ll invite you to join them for their meal. It’s also easy to pair up with people who are headed out for a hike or who plan on visiting a waterfall the next day. If you get along and have the same stops on your agenda, why not?
Of course, you can also choose to be alone backpacker and go on adventures on your own. No one ever said you had to share an experience with others in order for it to be magical. One of the best things about traveling alone is that you can go wherever you want whenever you want.
Tip #3 For Iceland Solo Travel: Make Friends With the Locals
Ok, so I may be a little bit biased, but I think Icelanders are pretty awesome. We’re cool, creative, down-to-earth people who generally mind our own business and are quite polite. We’re a little bit quirky, but aren’t those the best type of people to meet when you’re traveling? Icelanders are quite friendly and social, and our no-nonsense attitude is refreshing to many of the people who visit our shores. Plus, locals know the best places to go and where not to go. Let your new Icelandic friends show you around the island they’re so proud to call home. Just use good judgment. Crime is rare in Iceland due to its social system and the strength of its economy. You shouldn’t have anything to worry about, just pay attention to your surroundings. If something feels off, leave.
Another great thing about Iceland is that most people speak English. The language barrier won’t be a problem if you’re traveling solo here. So get out there and say hi.
3 Tips for Solo Travel in Iceland
If you’ve never taken a trip by yourself but have always wanted to, Iceland is a great place to start. It’s a safe, English-speaking country that’s easy to navigate by car and travel around. Just because you don’t have a travel companion doesn’t mean you should miss out on exploring a new country and a new culture. Expand your horizons and take the leap. You’ll be so glad you did.