Iceland has the atmosphere of a small town everywhere you go. I could rave all day about Iceland—its natural wonders are truly something to behold—from glaciers to picturesque fjords and waterfalls.

Iceland is one of the safer destinations I have traveled solo, and that is why I highly recommend it to solo female travelers, and especially travelers taking their first solo trip!

I firmly believe that solo travel for women is one of the best ways to learn about yourself and the world. Taking a solo trip is a fantastic way to grow. And when it comes to solo travel destinations, Iceland is one of the best places to travel solo!

If you’re looking for some top hotels in Reykjavik, make sure to check out the downtown area- the closer you are to the main street ‘Laugavegur’, the better!

For more budget-conscious travelers, reasonable accommodation is not that far away either & breakfasts, guest houses, or hostels in the residential areas just south of Laugavegur, or west in the Vesturbaer district.

Once out of the city, accommodation becomes a lot more. You may find some hostels, inns, and farmhouses online, but be sure to book in advance—Iceland is enjoying a tourist boom right now and it’s not uncommon to be booked up!

Iceland has so many things to do and see, so it is easy to fill up a 3 day, 5-day, or week-long itinerary! If you have some time, my biggest recommendation would be to drive Iceland’s Golden Circle so you can see the diversity of sights Iceland has to offer.

Iceland is a land of fire and ice—and it’s the natural sights that will leave you breathless. Renting a car is the easiest and most efficient way to go outside of the city, so if you are able to, do it!

There are amazing sights to be seen!

Check out the Lake Myvatn and the bubbling mud pits in the north, or the stunning waterfalls and glacier lagoon of the south. Another beautiful area to see the West Fjords, in the northernmost part of it—green valleys and snow-capped peaks make this a truly beautiful region.

For centuries, Icelandic food was based on and fermented goods. If you’re brave, you should try local delicacies like rotten , sour milk, sheep head, and testicles.

In Reykjavik, there are plenty of top-notch, tasty restaurants—just be aware that these come at ! To save on the bucks, and prepare food in your accommodation’s kitchen, if one is available.

oads in Iceland tend to be a bit underdeveloped in places, and most people rely on cars to get from A to B. Public transportation is solely dominated by intercity or long-distance buses.

When you arrive, approximately 45 minutes away from Reykjavik, the simplest way to the city center is the can get them to drive you directly to your hotel!

Besides the general food and camera, be sure to pack a map and a GPS. Although you can’t really get lost on the Ring Road around Iceland—only the highway, after all—maps can reveal distances, road quality, and where to find the next gas station.

Be sure to pack warm clothes— windproof jackets, fleece sweaters, hiking boots, wool socks, thermal pants, beanie, and gloves— regardless if you’re traveling in the summer or winter, as the weather notoriously changes rapidly and often!

The best time to go to Iceland, weather-wise, is during the summer months. The days are long and are relatively warm.

museums are open longer than in winter, and there are more than during the rest of the year. Rain and wind are still common in Iceland so be sure to bring your outdoor gear.

If you want to avoid the crowds, try the cusp though it will be much colder and darker. Iceland in winter can be beautiful, however, coated in ice!

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