Traveling Solo In Iceland: A Guide

Traveling Solo In Iceland: A Guide

Angie Diamantopoulou Author

Text by: Angie Diamantopoulou

If you are thinking about traveling to Iceland solo, then this guide is for you! Iceland is the perfect destination for solo travelers, and this guide will ensure that your solo trip to Iceland is unforgettable!

Whether you are on a gap year, or traveling around Europe, or if you just enjoy traveling solo, Iceland is the perfect destination for you!

From magnificent waterfalls to charming little side streets in the heart of Reykjavik, traveling solo in Iceland has it all. Besides, Iceland's locals are famous for their friendliness and hospitality, so you are bound to make some new friends!

So, if you want to find out all the best tours and activities you can do when traveling solo in Iceland, keep reading this guide!


Before we dive deep into all the best tours and activities you can do when traveling solo in Iceland, let's first take a quick look at what you can find in this blog:

  • is traveling solo in Iceland safe?
  • what are the best tours to do when traveling solo in Iceland?
  • how much do tours and activities cost when traveling solo in Iceland?
  • what are the best activities to do when traveling solo in Iceland?
  • some tips from a local!

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is traveling solo in iceland safe?

Hallgrimskirkja in downtown Reykjavik

Image by Arnór Trausti | @arnortrausti

In a word, yes! Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world. The country has consistently been ranked as the safest country in the world, and for good reason! 

Since Iceland is such a small country, both petty and serious crime are very low. While Reykjavik has the air of a big city, it is actually very small. In fact, all of Iceland is very small, with a population of approximately 338,000. Therefore, everyone knows everyone! ​

That ensures that crime rates are very low, as anyone who commits a crime is immediately known to the entire community.

As far as traveling solo in Iceland as a woman is concerned, I can assure you that you will have no problems. ​Parks, parking lots, and taxis are perfectly safe, and you don't need to be as cautious as in other countries, where just walking alone in the dark might freak you out a little bit. 

Bars are also safe, with instances of drugged drinks being almost unheard of. However, if you feel uncomfortable at any point, feel free to ask a local for help! They will be happy to give you a hand, regardless of the situation.

When it comes to traveling solo in Iceland's wilderness, though, you need to be a little more cautious. While there are no dangerous animals or poisonous plants in Iceland, there are steep cliffs and powerful waterfalls that ​you don't want to fall into. 

Furthermore, the weather in Iceland is very unpredictable, so if you are driving around on your own, then be wary of changes in the weather, avoid storms, and make sure you have a lot of layers with you to keep warm!​


what are the best tours and activities to do when traveling solo in iceland?

Traveling solo in Iceland means that you can do...well, pretty much anything you want! ​Keep reading to find out all the best tours and activities that I would personally recommend to a solo traveler!

1. REYKJAVIK FOOD TOUR

Reykjavik Food tour cheese platter

Our Reykjavik Food tour is one of my personal favorite tours! ​And our customers seem to agree, judging by all the five-star reviews on TripAdvisor, which have propelled us to the number one spot out of all Food and Drink in Reykjavik!

You can read a full review here​, and a full account of everything I enjoyed and you can enjoy, too! In a few words, the Reykjavik Food tour is a walking tour around Reykjavik. You will visit the top attractions in the capital, lead by one of our amazing guides who will teach you a little bit of Icelandic history!

Then, you will visit six restaurants, ranging from family-run restaurants to fine dining establishments, and enjoy a variety of mouthwatering dishes! Among others, you will try a perfectly crispy arctic char with honey and almonds, a surprisingly delightful rye bread ice cream, and of course, the world-famous Icelandic hot dog!

​This tour is not only great for trying Iceland's traditional cuisine and learning more about the country's history and culture. It is also perfect for when you are traveling solo in Iceland, as you get to meet new people and make some new friends

You can book a spot on our Reykjavik Food tour here! Make sure you book in advance, as it is a very popular tour!​


Less of a foodie and more of a party person? We've got you covered! Check out our beer tour or our Reykjavik bar crawl!


2. VISIT REYKJAVIK'S MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES

Reykjavik is home to many museums and art galleries. With a rich history and tradition, as well as a plethora of contemporary artists, Reykjavik is the best place to see some art!

traveling solo in Iceland museums

One of Iceland's best museums is arguably the Whales of Iceland museum. There, you will learn about the whale species that call Iceland's part of the Atlantic ocean home,​ their biology, and how we can help preserve them

Furthermore, the museum is full of life-size models of Iceland's whales! As you walk around, you will be surrounded by the models of those amazing giants, making you feel as if you are in the middle of the ocean with them!

Entrance fee:
  • 2900 ISK (25 USD)​

Whales of Iceland is the perfect museum to visit if you want to go whale watching! So, why don't you combine it with our amazing whale watching tour, which will take you closer than ever to Reykjavik's whales?


i8 gallery in Reykjavik traveling solo in Iceland

As far as art galleries are concerned, i8 is perhaps the best one in Reykjavik. Operating since 1995, i8 is the OG small gallery in Reykjavik, and it is the perfect place to go if you want to delve deeper into Iceland's contemporary and conceptual art

The gallery features work from both local and international artists. Perhaps the most well-known one is Olafur Eliasson, the designer of Harpa's facade, as well as the artist behind Tate's The Weather Project.​

Opening hours:
  • ​Tues.-Fri. 11:00-17:00
  • Sat. 13:00-17:00
  • Sun.-Mon. closed
Address:
  • Tryggvagata 16

Are you looking for more museums to visit while traveling solo in Iceland? Check out this guide!

Or maybe you are more of a gallery person? I've got you covered! This guide on the best galleries in Reykjavik is for you!​


3. VISIT THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

traveling solo in Iceland

Traveling solo in Iceland is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the majestic Icelandic nature! If you are pressed for time, there is nothing better than the renowned Golden Circle

Our Golden Circle tour is a small-group tour, ensuring that you get the most out of your experience! Therefore, you won't have to wait for a large crowd of fellow tourists to board your bus, and you might even make some friends on the way!

Our tour will take you to the Golden Circle's biggest attractions. First, you will visit Thingvellir national park, where you can walk between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Then, you will visit Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls. Next, you will see the geothermal area of Geysir, with the geyser erupting every five to eight minutes!

Lastly, our tour will take you somewhere where other tours won't; Faxi waterfall. While much small that Gullfoss, it is just as pretty, especially when hit by the endless Icelandic summer sun

If conditions allow, the driver will also stop so that you can see some Icelandic horses up close! If you are lucky, you can even pet them!

Book a spot in our Golden Circle tour here!


4. VISIT THE SOUTH SHORE

The Skogafoss waterfall in South Shore in May in Iceland

Another one of Iceland's highlights is the South Coast. A trip around it will reveal Iceland's magical nature to you like no other place can. 

Our South Coast tour is also for small groups! Furthermore, it is a whopping ten to eleven hours, so you are bound to make some new friends

Our tour will take you first to the two most famous waterfalls in the South Shore; Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. The former is a gorgeous waterfall, and you can even walk behind it, for a view that will leave you breathless. The latter is one of Iceland's most powerful waterfalls

Then you will visit Reynisfjara, or the Black Sand beach, with its alien beauty. The waves crashing against the black sand make it look like a whole different world. After that, you will visit the charming little coastal town of Vík, and then Solheimajokull glacier, where you might even discover an ice cave!

Ready for your South Coast adventure? Book a spot in our tour here!


5. VISIT A HOT SPRING

Secret Lagoon in Iceland traveling solo in Iceland

Image by: Arnór Trausti | @arnortrausti

If there is one thing that every traveler enjoys about Iceland, that it its hot springs! If you are traveling solo in Iceland and are in need for some relaxation, I definitely recommend visiting one and soaking in the natural warm waters!

Everyone knows about the Blue Lagoon, but at 11990 ISK (96 USD), it might be out of your budget. Meanwhile, the Secret Lagoon is only a couple of hours away from Reykjavik, and you can enjoy its beautiful pool and surroundings for just 3000 ISK (25 USD)!​

My recommendation? Book a spot in our Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon tour! That way, you get to enjoy both without breaking the bank!​

There are also plenty of other hot springs all around Iceland, and most of them are free of charge! You can see a list of our favorite ones here!​ Just make sure that you respect the surrounding nature and you leave everything intact!


some tips from a local

I have some tips for you to make traveling solo in Iceland even better! 

  • Wear a lot of layers. They will keep you warm outside, and then you can take them off when you are inside. They will also come in handy in case of an unlikely emergency!
  • Have an emergency contact. Make sure they know where you are, especially if you are hiking alone. 
  • Join tours. Not only will you make new friends and meet new people, but you will also save your wallet! Traveling solo in Iceland can be expensive, especially if you rent a car, so join a tour instead!
  • Don't be shy! Locals love to talk and meet new people!

a few last words

So, there you have it! All my tips about traveling solo in Iceland! Is there anything I missed? Have you traveled solo in Iceland? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, don't forget to share with other fellow travelers!

If you are thinking about traveling to Iceland solo, then this guide is for you! Iceland is the perfect destination for solo travelers, and this guide will ensure that your solo trip to Iceland is unforgettable!

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