With only 300,000 people, Iceland has the atmosphere of a small town everywhere you go. I could rave all day about Iceland—it’s natural wonders are truly something to behold—from massive glaciers and bubbling lava 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!
Here’s my solo female traveler’s guide to Iceland!
Where to Stay
If you’re looking for some top-notch 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—try Airbnb or budget 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 scarce. 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 for beds to be booked up!
hat to See
Iceland has so many things to do and see, so it is east 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 explore outside of the city, so if you are able to, do it!
If you have a week or longer, I HIGHLY recommend renting a camper van and driving the Ring Road all around the island.
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 explore is the West Fjords, in the northernmost part of the country—green valleys and snow-capped peaks make this a truly beautiful region.
Some other highlights include horseback riding, glacier hiking, snorkeling the Silfra Fissure, and swimming in Iceland’s natural geothermal hot springs.
If you don’t have a car, it’s fairly easy to book a day trip from Reykjavik
Food in Iceland
For centuries, Icelandic food was based on a diet of meat, dairy and fermented goods. If you’re brave, you should try local delicacies like rotten shark, sour milk, sheep head and testicles.
In Reykjavik, there are plenty of top-notch, tasty restaurants—just be aware that these come at a price! To save on the bucks, shop at grocery stores and prepare food in your accommodation’s kitchen, if one is available.
Before you go, be sure to try a traditional Icelandic hot dog—Iceland’s answer to fast food. A special blend of lamb, pork and beef, the Icelandic version is served with remoulade, fried onions and brown sauce.