What You Need to Know Before Your Solo Trip to Iceland

Iceland – ‘the land of fire and ice’ is one of the most geologically fascinating travel destinations. The country houses nature’s finest art collection. Every step in this country will lead you to an adventurous and mysterious landscape. 

All of the Iceland experiences had bowled me over. But do you know the best one? Gender equality. Yes, Iceland is one of the leading nations in women’s empowerment. Therefore, needless to say, Iceland is one of the safest countries for solo female travellers. I have shared my experiences in my Iceland blogs, check them out to make the best of your solo trip to Iceland.

Things to do in Iceland

  • Go for a refreshing dip in the Blue Lagoon.
  • Witness a contrasting colour palette at Diamond Beach.
  • Relax and unwind in hot springs.
  • Hike the Hvannagil Loop near the Golden Circle.
  • Watch the spectacular show of the Great Geyser.
  • Sit behind the wheels to unravel Iceland’s magic.
  • Taste Icelandic snacks like harðfiskur from the Viking era.
  • Take a day trip to the Snaefellsnes peninsula.
  • Book a helicopter tour in Reykjavik.
  • Check out the trails on glaciers and discover ice caves.
  • Visit iconic waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss.
  • Experience the thrill of whale watching.
  • Venture out to remote locations to spot aurora borealis – the Northern Lights.
  • Ride Icelandic horses on the Black Sand beach.

Travel Expenses: What to Budget

  • Accommodation – When it comes to accommodations in Iceland, camping is the cheapest. Generally, a spot at a campsite costs around $10 – $20 per person. However, if camps are not your thing, getting a bed in a dorm is the next best option. It will cost you about $50 – $70 per night. That said, if you are in Iceland for a week or longer, become a Hosteling International Member to get a 10% discount on hostel prices in the country. 
  • Food – Eating out in Iceland is expensive. For a meal at a budget eatery, you can expect to spend $20 – $40. Even a mid-budget traveller can eat and drink out occasionally.  So, if you want to stick to your budget, I suggest cooking as much as you can
  • Transportation – Public transport in Iceland costs $30 – $50 per day, but it lacks flexibility. So, rent an RV at $150 – $350 per day. It is an all-in-one solution and apt if you are up for an efficient solo road trip across Iceland. 

Recommended Daily Budget

Overall, $100 – $150 per day is the minimum budget for solo travellers to live and explore the country. At the same time, a mid-budget traveller in Iceland can easily spend around $160 – $200 daily. And for luxury travellers – the sky is the limit.

Proven and Tested Money-Saving Tricks!

  • Do not hop all over the country; stick to a base location.
  • Pitch your tent on campsites or stay in a hostel.
  • Couch surf the locals.
  • In Iceland, towel charges are high, so carry one everywhere.
  • Carry homemade snacks as much as possible.
  • Purchase items from local brands instead of imported ones.
  • Do not shop at 10-11; they are tourist traps.
  • Use a good reusable water bottle.
  • Book a Flybus over a taxi to save some extras. 
  • Be adventurous and hitchhike your way around Iceland.
  • Find free hot springs; Iceland is full of them. 

In a Nutshell, What Awaits You in Iceland?

Iceland is unreal. This Nordic island nation is an unparalleled world. The beauty of the raw landscape here changes every few meters and makes you go – “Oh my god, is this for real?” The 130 volcanoes, glaciers, spas, and waterfalls are all waiting for you.

After all, where else do you get such dramatic crossovers of natural elements? That too, complemented by a rich cultural heritage of Vikings. You are in for one adrenaline-filled solo venture in Iceland.