Solo traveller in Iceland 2017

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1. Posted by Sara86 (Budding Member 24 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hi all !

I'm wanting to plan a trip to Iceland in 2017.
With no idea what is the best time to go and what other country to fit in for say two weeks ?
Would love to do the golden circle and see as many waterfalls as possible ! :)

Any ideas and tips ?
Would it be easy to travel there alone ?

Thanks
Sara

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3. Posted by HappyWanderer (Budding Member 9 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi!

Iceland is extremely safe to travel solo. I, myself have done so 3 times already. A great time to visit depends on what you're looking for. Do you want to see the Midnight Sun or the Northern Lights? If you want to witness 20 hours of daylight, go in the summer months, but if you want to see the aurora, the best time to go would be in September as the skies are typically clearer.

If you are driving, and it's in the summer, you can do the loop of Iceland that is known as the Ring Road. This is their major highway. I would recommend not attempting this drive in the winter as most roads in the highlands are closed. Also, it's better to rent a 4 wheel drive vehicle with GPS in winter months. There are also plenty of buses and day tours you can take to attractions in South Iceland.

The Golden Circle Tour is a favorite. I also recommend the South Coast Tour (which visits the Waterfalls), Ice Caving (if you are active and it's winter), Jokulsarlon (ice beach), Glacier walk, snowmobiling, northern lights by bus or superjeep (in winter) diving/snorkel Silfra (between two continents), lava tube caving, Thorsmork and Landmannalaugar Valley. If you drive up north be sure to visit Godafoss, Dettifoss, Lake Myvatn.

If you want to travel to somewhere other than Iceland I would recommend Greenland or Norway.

4. Posted by johnhancq (Inactive 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hey Sara,

I just went to Iceland Fall 2016 and am currently writing a guide post about it on my website. The country is amazing and extremely safe, especially for female solo travelers. The country is preety much closed (not many airlines fly to it) between from January to April. It rains almost all day during that time and the weather is horrendous. From May to October is the best time to go. The northern lights are insane from September to October and the weather is a little cold but nice. I saw an incredible light show when I was there at that time.

During the summer is good too. I would highly recommend renting a car. You will spend almost as much money as if you booked tour buses, but have much more freedom. The ring road runs all the way around the island, and takes about 7 days to travel at a really slow relaxed pace. You could do it in a day or two if you never stopped. The golden circle is actually really close to Reykjavik and can be done in a day or two. Included in there is the Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. If you look at my profile pics, I have a picture of me at the waterfall.

I think you will have a great time. If you have any more questions or want more advice, send me a message.

John Hancq

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1287 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi John.

I think maybe you got unlucky with the rain. I've been there in February and March and had clear blue skies. Plus some biting winds. :)

Wow, Icelandair, easyjet, Norwegian and KLM all fly there from Europe in the winter; maybe it's just a thing with the American carriers not going in winter?

6. Posted by zzlangerhans (Respected Member 56 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

One place in Iceland that few get to is Heimaey, the only significantly populated island of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago south of Iceland. It is easily reachable from Reykjavik. It is truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my life, with one idyllic town on a tiny island that can be walked in its entirety in a day. Despite the small size, the island contains multiple types of terrain including volcanos, lava fields, lush pasture, and cliffs famous for their nesting puffins. It is great for hiking and seeing wildlife and beautiful scenery.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Feb-2017, at 15:19 by zzlangerhans ]

7. Posted by HappyWanderer (Budding Member 9 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Sara,
Iceland is accessible by air year round from the U.S. You can fly WoW Air, Delta, KLM, Jet Blue. About the weather, there is an Icelandic saying if you dont like the weather, wait 5 minutes. I think for your first trip you should visit in the summer as there is more daylight and more activities and hopefully better weather.

8. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1071 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Tony (zzlangerhans), thanks for the tip on Heimaey.

9. Posted by mcj7247 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

HI Sarah, I am traveling to Iceland in September with my hiking group. I'm very excited to tour the country as I'm sure you are too. Let me know if you think you'll be in the southern area as we plan to tour from Reyjkavik to Hofn over a week long trip.

Best Regards,
Mark

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

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