Solo Female Travel in Iceland

Iceland, a dramatic island nation situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, is known for its breathtaking and diverse terrain. Just south of the Arctic Circle, it's a geothermal wonder, famed for its picturesque landscapes that combine roaring waterfalls, effervescent hot springs, majestic glaciers, and volcanic fields. Its capital, Reykjavik, houses the majority of the population and attracts tourists with the holistic healing of Blue Lagoon spa and the awe-inspiring display of the Northern Lights. In this country, visitors can explore the rugged splendor of the 'Land of Fire and Ice' while enjoying the refreshing starkness of the sky, the land, and the sea together, that compels solitude seekers and adventure enthusiasts alike.

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Is Iceland good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Very safe

Iceland is one of the safest countries for solo female travelers. The crime rate is notably low and the locals are very friendly and hospitable. There's a good infrastructure with well-maintained roads and reliable public transportation. It's highly unlikely that you'll have any trouble during your stay if you behave reasonably and follow the general rules. However, don't neglect your personal safety and always let someone know your itinerary.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Getting around Iceland is relatively straightforward for a solo traveler. Most places of interest are accessible via well-maintained roads, and English is widely spoken. However, weather conditions can potentially cause disruptions, particularly during winter months.
Things to do:

Things to do:Fascinating

Iceland is a treasure trove of natural beauty and adventure. Its breathtaking landscapes offer a myriad of outdoor activities such as hiking, glacier tours, bird watching, and swimming in geothermal pools. The country is home to enchanting attractions such as the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, and the Northern Lights. Its capital Reykjavik is picturesque and charming, boasting a variety of unique local shops, museums and art galleries. Whether you enjoy outdoor wonders, wildlife, history, or cultural exploration, Iceland has something to offer.
Food:

Food:Above average

Iceland's food is surprisingly diverse and good - an absolute delight if you're an adventurous eater. Though its traditional cuisine mainly comprises fish and lamb, you will also find a wide range of international fare due to an influx of immigrants. Fresh seafood is a highlight, and don't miss the unique experience of trying fermented shark. The variety of local cheese and bread is also impressive. Vegetarians and vegans need not worry as many restaurants offer numerous hearty plant-based dishes as well.
Budget:

Budget:Expensive

Iceland can be relatively expensive compared to other destinations. Accommodations, dining, and entertainment tend to come at a premium. Also, considering the cost of tours to popular attractions like the Blue Lagoon or the Golden Circle, things can add up quickly. However, planning your itinerary carefully and cooking your meals can save some costs.

Is Iceland worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 39 experiences

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.9/5

Food

3.8/5

Budget-friendly

2.6/5
Evelyn

Evelyn

United States

Solo travel experience

I rented a car and drove the Golden Circle, South Coast and finger north of Reykjavik. Also, I took the ferry to WESTMANN island. Highly recommend travels to Iceland. Icelanders speak amazing English and they are very courteous!

Posted: July 23, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Lysaifeni

Lysaifeni

Netherlands

Solo travel experience

My first time Iceland was great! Met lovely ladies from around the world, stayed at Kexlet hostel, good location and overall good. Ate Icelandic food, also had their hotdog, Happy marriage pastry and ice cream at Valdis. Visited Vik, saw the waterfalls, glacier and black sand beach and will definitely go again, so weird to see the sun out at 1am still. Expected but still shocked how expensive everything is. Used bus GetYourGuide tour to explore, I know but don’t have license yet so no choice, pity of lack of public buses options not a lot to travel without paying imo a lot to get really anywhere. Definitely visit: Bokabud mals og menningar- bookstore with live music band and restaurant Íslenski Barinn :)

Posted: July 13, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 5/5
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Raquel

Raquel (46)

Iceland

Solo travel experience

It is an awesome country. Too cold for a mediterranean. But right now I can not wait to keep wait to start exploring it and know the localways to live! Love it so far. I been here now just two weeks.

Posted: July 12, 2024Experienced: July, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Anna

Anna (23)

Spain

Solo travel experience

I felt really safe in Iceland! I hitchhiked and had zero problems. As I was travelling with a tent, the weather had a big impact on me, and I devided to go home earlier than planned, but still had a nice time!

Posted: July 9, 2024Experienced: June, 2019
Things to do: 5/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Group travel experience

It is perfect place to watch northern lights if you choose a good time. Lagoons were really unique experience. Food was nice if you love sea food. It is more expensive than many countries in Europe and you had better to book tours for attractions because of extreme weather condions. It is safer than drive. Definitely worthy to go.

Posted: June 27, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Johanna

Johanna

Canada

Family travel experience

Iceland is surreal!!!!!!! A dream came true, I fell in love with the country, the landscapes are breathtaking ! A bit expensive but worth the money, never felt more at peace than in Iceland. I would go back, definitively

Posted: April 6, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Chiharu

Chiharu

United Kingdom

Group travel experience

The landscape was amazing- if you can accept the coldness it is worth travelling in winter, but needs good quality snow boots and a waterproof jacket, it was very stormy, and I will recommend travelling with someone and booking a hotel with a kitchen, the food was so expensive and if you are not a rich, it's impossible to manage to eat out for every single meal.

Posted: March 7, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 4/5
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Olivia

Olivia (18)

United Kingdom

Family travel experience

We visited The Secret Lagoon in Iceland and it was so worth it. There wasn’t many food options and the drinks were quite expensive, but the initial entry fee was cheaper than expected (however we did buy it included with a Golden Circle tour so it may have been cheaper than usual). The lagoon was so much hotter than I had been expecting and isn’t overrated at all, the water is so lovely and I wasn’t even cold when I left the water and walked into the snow - that’s how strong the heat rising from the water was! The Secret Lagoon isn’t really talked about as much as the Blue Lagoon, which meant this wasn’t too crowded and felt a lot calmer and safer than the Blue Lagoon, so I would definitely recommend this as an alternative!

Posted: February 4, 2024Experienced: January, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Iceland is a womderful place! It is safe and has tons of things to do. However, it is not cheap and people who are not used to driving in the snow or highway, should not to rent a car here, as I saw a ton of tourists left in the middle of nowhere. It is not particularly cheap, but I stayed at Hi hostel and booked tours with them for a reasonable price.

Posted: February 3, 2024Experienced: January, 2019
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Ester

Ester (45)

Iceland

Solo travel experience

I’m starting the journey. I found it difficult to be vegan or vegetarian here but people seem friendly and calm. The island is full of animal farms and fish factories. It’s pretty cold now. But this is the time of the northern lights. I hope to hunt a few.

Posted: January 23, 2024Experienced: January, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Is Iceland safe for women?

Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world. Harassment and violence is super rare. The tap water is safe to drink and is one of the best waters in the world. It is a very safe country for solo female travelers. These three things you should watch out for; •Be aware the nature can be dangerous specially “Reynisfjara” a popular tourist destination, do not go anywhere close to the sea where there can suddenly be giant crash waves that sweeps people out to sea and there is not much that can be done to save someone. •Pick pocketing is something that did not exist in Iceland until recently criminal groups from other countries come to target tourists at crowded tourist destinations like Gullfoss and Geysir to pickpocket, the scam is usually they will ask you to take a photo for them while another person steal’s, but this will not happen anywhere elsewhere else in Iceland. •In general no matter the country it is wise to watch your drink at a crowded bar. If you feel unsafe don’t hesitate to ask for help, Icelanders take woman’s safety at the bar or clubs very seriously.

Posted: March 20, 2024
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Meet locals in Iceland

Meet local women in Iceland who are open to meet up for a coffee or a drink, show you around, give local advice or practice a language with.
Elín

Elín

About Me

I'm 28 and I'm from Iceland, I love literature, music, outdoor activities, game nights and all sorts of other things. I don't drink so not one to go to night clubs although I do not have a problem going to pubs and that sort of vibe.

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Ana

Ana

About Me

I'm Ana, a Portuguese lady, who has been living in Iceland for the past years. I'll embark on a journey to explore the world for 6 months from August 2024 to February 2025. I'll be working remotely so having access to good Internet is important. Destinations in Europe: Sept to Dec Destinations outside Europe: Jan to Feb Looking forward to meeting like-minded women who love traveling, living life, building meaningful connections, create good memories 😊 if you're a solo traveler who plans to travel in the same time frame and wanna plan something together send me a line 😁 All the best and safe travels!

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Stay with locals in Iceland

Stay with local women in Iceland who offer free accommodation as part of cultural exchange. Couch surfing is a great way to meet new people, learn more about new cultures and experience destinations like a local.
Carmen

Carmen

Iceland

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hi! My name is Carmen. I consider myself like a kind, curious, and friendly person. I love long strolls, dancing, cooking and meeting new people. I am eager to host other females in my place. (It is a student residence but it is ok for a few days to host friends). However, I am moving officially on June 26th. So, I would be able to host until Middle of August (in order to offer a proper place and once I get my first payment 😋).

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Upcoming visitors to Iceland

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Guljahon

Guljahon

About Me

I’m a single mom living with my 5 y.o. son and working in Dubai. Love to travel and meet locals who are open minded, to experience best of local places we visit. I love gymnastics, and swimming , trying to learn surfing. Also, lately been very interested in starting my own business, since I listen to many podcasts and audiobooks about personal development, productivity, etc.

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Lucilla

Lucilla

About Me

I am from Hong Kong where is a small city, but live over 7.33 million people. When I am traveling, I would like to have experience for being local people, so I like to spend my time in other places all over the world with local people, then I can know more about their daily lives and culture. We could make friends and exchange the cultures. I am a visual artist and give pottery lectures to the people who have intellectual disabilities at some workshops. I like painting and bakery. I also like hiking and camping as I am a scout leader. Moreover, it’s important for me to have the opportunities to learn their lives spirit.

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