I had the greatest opportunity to take on this last minute solo trip between jobs and I immediately booked my tickets through Delta for a direct flight to Iceland from Seattle (even better, I was using my miles to exchange for tickets).
Visiting Iceland is always on my bucket list, especially going to the Blue Lagoon (probably too much Instagram for me inspired by all those breath-taking photos). I started looking into the top 10 things to do, how to get around, what to wear in July, chances of seeing northern light and so on. I knew I wasn’t going to rent a car, so how could I get around seeing all these natural wonders…magic, I booked all the tours I wanted through TripAdvisor/Viator.
Iceland is safe for solo female travelers! Why?
Iceland is a small place with only 330,000 people and you get that small town vibe in Reykjavik. If something goes wrong, everyone knows! I felt very safe cursing around downtown Reykjavik alone.
The crime rate is also very low in Iceland. Violent crime was virtually non-existent. People seemed relaxed about their safety. There is virtually no difference among upper, middle and lower classes in Iceland. And with that, tension between economic classes is non-existent, a rare occurrence for any country.
People are super friendly and willing to help. You will see lots of tourists around, how can you tell – tourists all wear Northface/ Patagonia windproof jackets with hiking boots, while locals tend to be a lot more stylish.
Icelanders pretty much all speak English very well. Given the fact that only a small population speak Icelandic, picking up a second language is a must, so they are all bilingual or even multilingual.
I found this really cute shared space on Airbnb by the city hall, right in the heart of downtown Reykjavik. I have always liked Airbnb and really enjoyed living like a local motto. The house has about 6 rooms and I got to meet some of the most fantastic travelers around the world and hearing their journey
There are many tours on Viator you can sign up for and the tour bus will
Day 1 – signed up for beer tour – so much history about local breweries (and mind you, alcohol tax is among the highest at 85-90% based on alcohol content. Tip for all: stock up on alcoholic drinks at the arrival Duty Free Store at Keflavík Airport)
Day 2 – signed up a tour for Golden Circle, Geysir, Gulfloss Waterfall and Blue Lagoon
Day 3 – signed up a tour for the South Coast in Jokulsarlon
Day 4 – Puffin Tour
All worth every penny!
My point is, you get to make friends along the way and that’s the best part of traveling solo meeting new people sharing new experiences with each other. Next time, I will go in deeper to share my experiences from my tours.
Seattle-based world traveler living my best life!! I am passionate about seeing the world and experiencing different cultures. Strongly believe the best adventures come from traveling outside of your comfort zone. Follow along this humbling journey of mine that I am very proud of.
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