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Iceland Volcano Eruption – Your Guide to Fagradalsfjall
If you’re intrigued by the Iceland volcano eruptions of 2021 and 2022, you’re in the right place. Come and learn everything you need to know about Fagradalsfjall, a hot new attraction on the island.
These eruptions showed perfectly why Iceland is nicknamed the Land of Fire and Ice. The fiery lava fountains, which could be seen as far away as Reykjavík, demonstrated the true power of nature.
Whether you’re looking for a volcano update or want to visit one of Iceland’s natural wonders, continue reading. You’ll find more about Fagradalsfjall and how to experience it and other top volcanic attractions in Iceland.
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About the Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption
In early 2021, Iceland was rocked by an extremely high number of earthquakes. This heightened volcanic activity predicted a potential eruption on the island, and it finally happened on 19 March 2021.
Late in the night, the sky lit up near the capital after Fagradalsfjall erupted, creating Iceland’s newest volcano.
Luckily, the eruption was contained in a remote area, away from any towns or villages. And once the Icelandic authorities declared it safe to visit, it became a must-see attraction for Icelanders and visitors from around the world.
Slow-flowing lava surrounded the volcano until September 2021, when the eruption finally came to an end. Less than a year later, on 3 August 2022, the volcano erupted again just 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) away from the previous site.
Today, there’s no activity at the eruption site. That said, Fagradalsfjall is definitely worth a visit if you want to witness its freshly made lava fields up-close.
Where is Fagradalsfjall?
You’ll find Fagradalsfjall located in the Geldingadalur valley on Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula. This region lies just south of the capital, Reykjavík, and is home to Keflavik International Airport and the famous Blue Lagoon.
You can reach it by driving around 50 minutes from Iceland’s capital or 30 minutes from the airport. Its location means it is more accessible than other volcanic sites. For locals and visitors alike, this has become a must-see attraction.
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How was Fagradalsfjall formed?
Before Fagradalsfjall, the last famous eruption in Iceland was Eyjafjallajökull in 2010. That volcano caused disruption all over Europe, but luckily the most recent eruptions were of a different nature.
Fagradalsfjall was a fissure eruption. Instead of rock and ash clouds, it started as a crack in the Earth’s crust. This provided a way for magma to slowly seep out from the deep pockets located under Iceland (also known as the Iceland plume or hotspot).
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These fissures and its spurting lava created one larger crater, which the lava flowed from in molten rivers. In turn this created a new lava field that now surrounds the volcano.
Why did the eruption happen here?
Iceland is located along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge tectonic plate boundary, where the North American and Eurasian plates meet. Fissures and volcanic activity are caused by the slow pulling apart of the two tectonic plates.
This eruption gives an insight into the active geology and volcanoes of Iceland. They are not only responsible for one of the latest attractions in the country, but for spouting geysers, warming hot springs, and all the geothermal energy Icelanders use.
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How long did the eruption last?
The 2021 eruption period lasted 6 months, while the smaller eruption the following year only lasted around 3 weeks before going quiet.
Some scientists have said that this is a reawakening of the region, where there have been no eruptions in 800 to 900 years. We might be seeing the beginning of a new period of eruptions dotted across the country.
Because of its location and activity, Fagradalsfjall is very visitor friendly. Just look on Instagram for all the photos of Icelanders in front of the volcano. It’s a must-see site for your Icelandic bucket list!
When you arrive at the Geldingadalur valley, you can leave your car at the car park near the volcano and hike the rest of the way. It’s located about 10 minutes from the town of Grindavík. Turn right off the 427 road to reach Geldingardalur Volcano Parking, which you can find on Google Maps.
The hike to Fagradalsfjall is around 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) each way. This should take you around 3 hours for the return trip if you have a good level of fitness. The rugged terrain may be a challenge, but you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent feat of nature.
Something else to keep in mind is the famous Icelandic weather. Stay up to date with the daily weather forecast before embarking on this adventure. And make sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
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Is it safe to visit?
The volcano and its stark lava field have been compared to Mordor and otherworldly landscapes. But fear not, the area isn’t home to any evil! In fact, it is constantly monitored by scientists, and visitors are allowed.
You can, and should, keep up to date with local advice before heading to the site. For example, the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management could close the site if it’s windy and there’s an increased threat of toxic gas emissions.
For this reason, it’s advised that if you have a respiratory condition, you shouldn’t visit.
During your hike try to keep the wind at your back and stay on higher grounds. If the site becomes active again, stay a safe distance from the fissure when you visit.
Take your precautions and enjoy the fiery side of Iceland!
Other highlights of the Reykjanes peninsula
Whether you’ve just landed or wish to visit the volcano from Reykjavík, you could make a day of it on the Reykjanes peninsula. Dive into the culture and landscape of Iceland’s southwestern tip.
You could go visit the small fishing town of Grindavík and the 100-year-old Reykjanes Lighthouse. Crossing the Bridge Between Continents is another way to see the Mid-Atlantic Ridge up close.
Or treat yourself to a relaxing spa experience after your hike up to Fagradalsfjall. Enjoy the soothing geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon and its world-famous facilities.
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Other volcanic attractions in Iceland
It’s needless to say that the Land of Fire and Ice has a variety of volcanic highlights to enjoy.
You could come admire the high peaks and volcanoes dotted around the island, forming a truly incredible landscape. But where should you go exactly? We’ve compiled a list of the top volcanic areas and locations you could visit:
1. Þingvellir National Park
We’ve talked a lot about the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Another way to witness this tear in the Earth’s crust is at Þingvellir National Park. This is a cultural and geological wonder of Iceland and the world.
Here you can see the effects of the tectonic plate movements on the Icelandic landscape. It was also inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its cultural significance. This is where the first parliament of Iceland, the Alþingi, was founded in the 10th century.
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2. Vík í Mýrdal
Travel along the south coast and you’ll admire the infamous Eyjafjallajökull as well as the ice caps of the region. It’s a sight to behold!
Then you’ll want to stop by the quaint village of Vík í Mýrdal and go for a walk on the nearby Reynisfjara black sand beach.
Black sand beaches are distinct because of their volcanic origins. Ashes and other volcanic residue are deposited into the sea around the island. They then get eroded into the black sand that creates the stark and defining landscape of much of Iceland’s coast.
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3. Laki fissure
Along Iceland’s south coast, we recommend exploring Laki, or Lakagígar. It is a volcanic fissure of 27 kilometers (16 miles) created in 1783. At the same time, you can visit the breathtaking surroundings as it is part of the Vatnajökull National Park.
4. Volcanic craters in North Iceland
Touring the Ring Road? You’ll want to go admire the large craters and calderas of the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area. This region is renowned for its unusual terrain and geothermal activity.
The first one of note is the Krafla caldera. It has a diameter of 10 kilometers (6 miles) so it is vast! You could also visit the Hverfell volcanic crater located nearby. With a diameter of 1 kilometer (0.6 miles), it is one of the biggest tephra craters in Europe.
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5. Westman Islands
Journey to Heimaey, a volcanic island that’s part of the Westman Islands archipelago. It is located just off the south coast and has a rich cultural and seismic history. Come witness the lava fields that engulfed some of the houses on the island during the eruption of 1973.
Hike to the top of Mount Eldfell, discover the stunning elephant rock formation, and sail around the islands. You might even catch sight of whales, seals, and puffins.
6. Þríhnúkagígur volcano
The ultimate excursion has to be going deep inside a volcano, right? Well, it’s possible at the dormant Þríhnúkagígur.
After a moderate hike to reach the crater, you’ll descend 120 meters (400 feet) to the bottom via a cable lift. This way you can truly enjoy an insider look of what lies beneath the surface.
Walking up Þríhnúkagígur is a big part of the experience as you’ll be rewarded by stunning scenery all around.
This is one of Reykjavík’s top attractions. Perlan allows you to experience the natural wonders of Iceland from the safety and warmth of a museum, volcanoes included.
Here you could walk through the city’s first and only ice cave, a detailed replica of the inside of a glacier. Learn about and take in the dangers and beauty of volcanoes. And witness the famous Northern Lights at Iceland’s only planetarium.
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Planning your Iceland volcano vacation
There are many ways to explore Iceland and its volcanic attractions. You could opt for a road trip, a city break, a camping adventure, or a private tour.
Why not let a local organize the adventure for you? Book with Iceland Tours and you’ll benefit from itineraries made with our travel consultants’ insider knowledge. You can expect tried-and-tested routes and accommodations, trusted suppliers, and plenty of advice.
They’ll suggest volcanic excursions to add to your tour while you explore Iceland at your own pace. You’ll also have access to our 24/7 helpline while you’re here.
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How Long Do You Need in Iceland?
You’re coming for the glaciers, volcanoes, and natural hot springs. Not to mention the wildlife-watching in summer and Northern Lights-hunting in winter. There’s a lot to do in the Land of Fire and Ice. But how long do you need in Iceland to fit it all in?
Of course, the longer you stay, the more time you’ll have for adventure and excitement. But if you only have a long weekend, that’s enough to get a taste of Iceland (and whet your appetite for a longer visit!).
In this guide, discover how long to visit Iceland for, depending on what you want to get up to. Read on for suggestions on where to go and how much time to spend in each region. But these are only minimum guides, because ultimately you can stay as long as you like!
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Around Reykjavík in 3 days
As Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík is the cultural heart of the nation. No matter how long you’re staying in Iceland, you’ll likely start and end your trip here. And if you’ve only got a weekend, this is the place to be.
That said, to get the most out of your short break, allow at least 3 days. This way, you’ll be able to see some of the natural wonders around Reykjavík, while also getting a feel for the city.
The best way to spend a day exploring Reykjavík? Stroll around the harbor, dive into downtown’s food scene, and check out some of the city’s architectural wonders, such as Hallgrímskirkja.
A visit to one of Iceland’s renowned spas is also a must. A soak in one of these is the perfect way to unwind after a day of sightseeing. The Blue Lagoon, with its warm mineral-rich waters, is the most famous. What’s more, its location between Keflavik Airport and the capital make it an easy addition to your trip.
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As well as spending time in Reykjavík, 3 days will let you take an excursion or two into the surrounding countryside. For instance, check out the popular Golden Circle route, and you’ll see three of Iceland’s top attractions in a single day.
These include Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of Iceland’s ancient parliament. You’ll also witness the mighty Gullfoss waterfall and active geysers at the Geysir geothermal area.
If you have time for another day trip, venture along Iceland’s beautiful south coast where you’ll glimpse breathtaking waterfalls and black sand beaches. In summer, you could go on a puffin- or whale-watching boat tour from the Reykjanes peninsula. Or, travel in winter, and you could chase magical displays of the Northern Lights.
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South Iceland in 4 days
Extend your trip to 4 days, and it’ll let you go further from Reykjavík to encounter more of the south coast.
This length of time is perfect for combining the capital with seeing the highlights of South Iceland. But it would be easy to spend longer here if you wanted to explore the region in more depth.
Begin your trip by uncovering Reykjavík’s cultural gems and checking out the must-see spots along the Golden Circle route.
With an entire day for the experience, you could add thrilling activities to your Golden Circle tour. Imagine delving into Raufarhólshellir cave, created by lava thousands of years ago, or zooming across a glacier on a guided snowmobile excursion.
Then, spend your remaining 2 days traveling the length of the rugged south coast. Here, you’ll find many of the glacial and volcanic wonders that give Iceland its nickname – the Land of Fire and Ice.
For instance, there’s Jökulsárlón, an iceberg-strewn glacier lagoon. And Vatnajökull National Park, which is home to volcanoes, geothermal springs, and one of the largest ice caps in Europe.
Over your 4-day getaway, base yourself in Reykjavík and take day tours out of the city. Or split your time between the capital and one of the charming villages along the south coast. Vík is a popular choice, and the striking black sand beach of Reynisfjara isn’t far away.
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South Iceland and Snæfellsnes peninsula in 5-6 days
Seeing Snæfellsnes, in combination with South Iceland, over 5 or 6 days means you can take a deep dive into these regions.
The Snæfellsnes peninsula, in West Iceland, is often called ‘Iceland in miniature’. When you get there, it’s not hard to see why. Here, you’ll uncover a world of epic mountains, dazzling glaciers, and dramatic coastlines dotted with picturesque fishing villages. This is a place worth visiting!
Spend a day touring Snæfellsnes and you’ll pass the iconic peak of Kirkjufell mountain as you journey along the peninsula’s scenic coastal road. Don’t miss the steep sea cliffs near Arnarstapi village and the black sands of Djúpalónssandur. And stop off at the basalt columns at Gerðuberg on your way back to Reykjavík.
With this amount of time to experience southwest Iceland, why not also head to the Westman Islands, one of Iceland’s hidden gems? Come summer, this volcanic archipelago is home to one of the largest puffin colonies in the world. Plus, there are hiking and whale-watching opportunities here.
Once you’re back on the mainland, you could marvel at astonishing waterfalls along the south coast. There’s Seljalandsfoss, the jaw-dropping plume you can walk behind, and Skógafoss, one of the biggest and most powerful waterfalls in Iceland.
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The Ring Road in 7-8 days
Iceland’s Ring Road, or Route 1, draws an enormous circle around most of the country. Stunning scenery and straightforward navigation make this the ultimate Icelandic road trip.
How long do you need? That depends on how far you want to travel in a day. Most road-trippers allow at least 7 days, as anything less can feel rushed. And there are plenty of mind-blowing sights to keep you busy, however long you want to take.
In fact, a Ring Road tour is one of the most popular ways to see Iceland. Start and end in Reykjavík, rent a car, and get ready to take in the very best of Iceland’s highlights.
After arriving in the capital, you could set out along the west coast, before heading north to Akureyri. On your way there, don’t miss the chance to check out Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls and marvel at the wild landscapes around Borgarfjörður. As you get close to Skagafjörður valley, look out for Icelandic horses roaming freely by the roadside.
Once you get to Akureyri, you’ll want around 2 days in Iceland’s north. From here, you can visit Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss (known as the ‘waterfall of the gods’), and Dimmuborgir’s otherworldly volcanic landscape.
Then, drive south towards the wild Eastfjords. In this mountainous region, the road winds its way along the windswept coastline. You could stay the night around Höfn, before taking 2 days to travel back to Reykjavík along the south coast.
The beauty of a self-drive trip is the freedom it offers. You can stop whenever and wherever you like to explore the places that you’re drawn to the most. Plus, depending on the time of year, you could put a day aside to visit ice caves or go glacier hiking.
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Iceland off the beaten path in 10 days or more
Fancy seeing parts of Iceland that few others go to? One of the best ways to do this is by adding detours to your Ring Road itinerary. If you want to explore Iceland to the fullest, just make sure to give yourself around 10-14 days, or even longer.
A tangle of deep fjords, golden beaches, and imposing sea cliffs, the Westfjords is one of these less-visited areas. This remote peninsula, which stretches out into the North Atlantic Ocean is one of the least inhabited regions of Europe.
In fact, you’ll find there’s fewer than one person per square kilometer here. Because of this, it’s a haven for Arctic foxes and is one of the top places to see puffins in Iceland.
If you’re visiting Iceland in summer, you could also venture to the likes of Landmannalaugar in the Icelandic highlands. Another one of Europe’s last great wildernesses, it’s a land of surreal multi-coloured mountains, natural hot springs, and lava fields.
Both the Westfjords and the highlands are known for hiking trails that’ll take you through mind-boggling terrain. If you want to get off the beaten path, go camping or stay the night in a mountain hut.
While you can get a feel for both regions in a day each, know that access can be tricky. Particularly in the highlands where you’ll use unpaved tracks that require 4×4 vehicles.
As a result, moving around can be a little slower than you might be used to. This means it’s best to budget more time than you think you might need.
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Explore Iceland with Iceland Tours
How long to spend in Iceland? In short, that’s up to you. However much time you have – whether that’s a long weekend or over 2 weeks – Iceland will reward you.
When you’re planning how long to stay in Iceland, consider how you want to travel too. With Iceland Tours, you can choose your preferred way to get around.
For example, do you want to take the wheel and enjoy the freedom of going at your own pace? Then a self-drive trip to Iceland is for you. We’ll book everything for you, including car rental and accommodation, along with any activities.
If you’d rather let someone else drive, a guided group trip or private tour of Iceland would be a good choice. As well as driving, your guide will make your trip even more memorable by sharing their local knowledge with you along the way.
Alternatively, base yourself in Reykjavík and get to know the surrounding area on one of these multi-day packages. This is a great option if you want to stay in the city and with the chance to check out some of Iceland’s natural wonders on guided day tours.
No matter how you want to travel, choose Iceland Tours and we’ll take care of the planning for you. Check out these last-minute Iceland trips you can book today.
Midnight Sun in Iceland – Your Guide
Visit Iceland in summer and you’ll experience endless daylight during the season of the midnight sun. In the Land of Fire and Ice, it’s a time for being outdoors, music festivals, and magical goings-on.
Discover all you need to know in this guide to the midnight sun in Iceland. Find out why it happens, how Icelanders celebrate, and what you can do to make the most of this special time.
What is the midnight sun?
The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that affects countries at both ends of the globe, including Iceland. Simply put, it’s when you can still see the sun in the sky at midnight – and when you have 24 hours of daylight.
This happens because the Earth is tilted on its axis while it spins. If it weren’t, the whole world would have 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness every day. But as it leans over slightly, the amount of daylight we get changes throughout the year.
On the equator, the sun sets at similar times year-round. Meanwhile, the closer to the Arctic and Antarctic Circle you get, the more dramatic the seasonal changes.
Come summer, this means you can soak up the midnight sun’s golden hours. Whereas in winter, the long, dark nights are ideal for spotting the Northern Lights.
The midnight sun is sometimes also called the ‘polar day’ because it only happens at the north pole and south pole. In contrast, ‘polar night’ is the time of darkness, which happens around the winter solstice in Iceland.
When can I see the midnight sun in Iceland?
If you want to see the midnight sun for yourself, visit around the summer solstice on 21 June.
This is because, like everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the longest day of the year and your best opportunity to experience the midnight sun. That said, you can make the most of extended evenings with very little darkness throughout the summer months, from May to August.
For example, at the beginning of June, the sun sets at around 11:30 p.m. and rises again at 3:20 a.m. in Reykjavík. While it’s not technically the midnight sun, as the sun is just below the horizon at midnight, you’ll still have light nights.
Where can I see the midnight sun in Iceland?
You can see the midnight sun from anywhere in Iceland. But the further north you go, the more daylight you’ll get.
In southwest Iceland, around Reykjavík, you’ll enjoy bright nights from June through July. Head to Akureyri, in the north, and you’ll experience the polar day from May into August.
This means you don’t need to go anywhere specific to see the midnight sun. It’s a phenomenon you can encounter all over Iceland.
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How to get the most out of Iceland’s midnight sun
So, you’re coming to Iceland during the midnight sun. But what should you get up to while you’re here?
This is the time for late nights under an open sky, music festivals, and centuries-old celebrations. Scroll down to discover some of the ways you can join in.
1. Celebrate Jónsmessa
The season of the midnight sun isn’t just a favorite time for visitors to Iceland. It plays a special part in local Icelandic customs too.
In Iceland, 24 June is Jónsmessa, a national holiday marking the summer solstice. The name comes from the mass of John the Baptist, who’s thought to have been born on this day. But you’ll soon find out that this is far from a conventional Christian festival.
Tradition has it that on Jónsmessa, those who want to be healed should roll around naked in dew-covered grass. It’s also a time of magic when, according to Icelandic folklore, cows can speak and seals could turn into humans.
As you’ll see, the midnight sun means so much more than just late-night sunshine!
2. Take part in a midnight sun festival or event
The summer solstice is an important time in Iceland. In fact, many Icelanders make the most of this joyful time of year by going to festivals or night-time events. With plenty of options, you’ll find something for you whatever your interests.
If you love music, don’t miss the popular Secret Solstice festival in Reykjavík. It’s a great opportunity to catch some of the biggest names in music, lit up by the midnight sun.
Or, for a physical challenge, sign up for the Midnight Sun Run. You can take part in 5 km, 10 km, or half marathon races in the Laugardalur valley. Just remember to pack your running shoes!
You could also head to Grimsey Island, just inside the Arctic Circle, and join in with the community get-together there. Expect live music, food and drink, and the chance to sail around the island.
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3. Enjoy a late-night spa experience
Iceland’s spas and hot springs are some of the most famous in the world. And indulging in a spot of R&R while the midnight sun is shining will just make your getaway even more memorable.
Many of Iceland’s top spa destinations keep their doors open late during the summer months so you can relax under its gentle glow. This includes the Sky Lagoon. With its 7-step ritual and infinity pool overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean, a trip here makes for the ultimate pampering experience.
Or why not venture to one of Iceland’s natural hot springs? For instance, head for Reykjadalur and you could soak in a geothermal river.
4. Camp in mind-blowing scenery
One of Icelanders’ favorite summer pastimes is going camping. If you’re a fan of the outdoors, it’s a trend you should get on board with.
You’ll find campsites across the country where you can pitch your tent and spend the night out in the sunshine. With sites in all of Iceland’s national parks, including Þingvellir and Vatnajökull, nature is never far away.
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5. Stay out late in Reykjavík’s bars
Of course, you can also savor the midnight sun without leaving the capital. Had a full day of fun and sightseeing? Check out one of Reykjavík’s awesome bars. There are few nicer ways to chill out on a summer evening in the city.
Luckily, Reykjavík has many options when it comes to nightlife. Whether you want live music, a relaxed café vibe, a rooftop bar or outdoor seating, there’s something for everyone.
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How do you sleep during the midnight sun?
It’s true, you probably don’t want to stay up late every night. But how do you get to sleep when the sun’s still shining outside? Thankfully the solution is pretty simple.
Wear a sleeping mask and you won’t be able to tell whether it’s light outside. If you’re not camping, you’ll find that your accommodations have either curtains or blackout blinds.
How to experience the midnight sun with Iceland Tours
A summer tour of Iceland during the season of the midnight sun promises to be an adventure you’ll never forget. Come to the Land of Fire and Ice in summer to encounter this phenomenon for yourself.
At Iceland Tours, our Reykjavík-based travel experts will plan your getaway for you. This includes arranging your accommodation, local transport, and excursions. Plus, with their local knowledge, you can be sure you’ll see the best of Iceland.
Go at your own pace on a self-drive tour of Iceland. Or, if you’d prefer to skip the driving, opt to travel with a professional guide on one of these group trips or privately guided packages. Meanwhile, on a multi-day tour, you could stay in Reykjavík and enjoy excursions into the surrounding nature.
No matter how you decide to travel, you can customize your itinerary online by adding optional activities and extra nights.
Get ready to soak up the midnight sun on a trip to Iceland where we take care of the details. Secure your booking with just a 5% deposit.
Female Travel to Iceland: Your Complete Guide
Iceland is one of the coolest places you’ll ever visit. The Land of Fire and Ice has a fascinating culture, and is well-known for its breathtaking natural wonders. Imagine untouched wilderness, active volcanoes and immense glaciers, plus countless waterfalls and hot springs.
When it comes to female travel, Iceland is your ideal destination. This is thanks to its safety, gender equality, and opportunities for adventure. It’s home to welcoming locals, with its capital city of Reykjavík ranked one of the safest cities in the world.
Whether you want to visit Iceland as a solo female traveler or with a group of your favorite girlfriends, Iceland is a fabulous destination for women. Keep scrolling to discover why Iceland should be at the top of your bucket list.
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Why is Iceland perfect for female travelers?
Not only is Iceland jam-packed with extraordinary things for you to see and do. It’s also a place where, as a woman, you can travel with peace of mind. These are the top reasons why Iceland is the perfect place for female visitors.
1. Gender equality
You’ll find that being a female traveler in Iceland is quite a different experience compared to when you’re in other countries. There are many places where women don’t have the same rights and aren’t treated with as much respect.
Iceland ranks highly for gender equality. For example, Iceland has actually been at the top of the World Economic Forum’s Gender Pay Gap index for more than a decade. It’s the only country in the world that has closed over 90% of the gender pay gap.
The Equality Act
That’s just the start of the story though. As a female citizen in Iceland, you’d expect to be treated fairly and to have your rights protected due to the Equality Act.
Within this law are 13 specific areas to help the country reach gender equality. This includes making sure that everyone has the right to balance work and family life, teaching equal rights in schools, and working against gender-based harassment.
If you’re visiting Iceland as a woman, you might be interested to know about the nation’s feminist laws. Like the fact that companies must have boards made up of 40% women. And that there’s even a Ministry of Gender Equality to keep women’s rights protected in Iceland.
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One of the biggest concerns when it comes to choosing where you should travel, especially as a woman, is safety. You may feel like you need to take extra precautions to stay safe, whether alone or with a group.
Iceland is one of the safest countries you can visit. It has ranked first consecutively on the Global Peace Index and has one of the world’s lowest crime rates. To put it in perspective, most police officers don’t carry guns, and there is no army.
Scams are a rare thing, and it’s also a huge plus that most Icelanders speak English. If you need help with something, don’t hesitate to ask the locals.
Of course, it’s not possible for any country to be 100% safe. You should always take care of yourself and your travel companions, wherever you are in the world.
Respecting the natural environment is very important when you’re in Iceland. This is a land of volcanoes and glaciers, after all. And it’s not unusual for there to be extreme weather like storms, especially in winter.
That’s why you should always follow the advice of local authorities and take extra care when you’re out in nature. You can stay up to date with local travel information and advice on the Safe Travel website.
- Top tip: During your trip with Iceland Tours, you’ll have our support 24/7. If you urgently need us, you can reach our local travel specialists via our helpline.
Iceland solo female travel
Traveling solo, particularly among women, has become more popular and respected recently.
A solo trip is something everyone should experience at least once. It helps you build confidence and connect with people from different walks of life. Traveling alone also allows you to see and do all the things you want to, without needing to compromise!
As Iceland is one of the best destinations on the planet for safety and women’s rights, it’s brilliant for female solo travel. This, together with the epic landscapes and welcoming locals, means that you’ll have an unforgettable experience exploring Iceland on your own.
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Icelandic culture is a fascinating blend of ancient Viking heritage and modern Nordic influences. Here you’ll meet friendly locals who are known for their hospitality, warmth, and welcoming nature.
One of the most interesting things about the local culture is the language. Icelandic is closely related to Old Norse, which was spoken by the Vikings.
But don’t worry, you won’t need to speak Icelandic to communicate with the locals. English is widely spoken in Iceland, as it’s taught in schools from an early age. It always helps to learn a few Icelandic words though to earn brownie points!
There are so many ways you can delve into Iceland’s culture. A good place to start is by exploring its towns and cities, including the capital, Reykjavík.
Head to Downtown Reykjavík to find tons of restaurants, art galleries, museums and theaters, including the famous Harpa Concert Hall. Make the most of the city’s vibrant nightlife by enjoying evenings out in the many bars and clubs.
Or you could come for exciting events like Reykjavík Culture Night in August, or the Iceland Airwaves music festival in November. You and your girlfriends can watch live music from both local and global artists in this month-long extravaganza.
With so much to see and do, Iceland is a must-visit destination for adventure seekers. Here you can explore the great outdoors, take a dip in a hot spring, and hunt for the Northern Lights. And that’s just for starters.
The population of Iceland is around 380,000, which is pretty small for the size of the country. And about a third of people live in the capital.
This means there are wild and untouched landscapes all over the island. So it’s perfect for escaping into nature with your best girlfriends.
Another bonus? Iceland is convenient to get to from both North America and mainland Europe. There are loads of direct flights, taking as little as 2.5 hours from Glasgow, and 5.5 hours from New York. So your adventure is within easy reach!
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Things to do in Iceland
While Iceland may be small, the experiences you can enjoy are out-of-this-world and basically limitless.
It can be overwhelming trying to decide what’s worth exploring. So here are some of the best things to see and do around Iceland to add to your wish list.
1. Explore with day tours
Choose from tons of day trips and tours in Iceland. It’s genuinely heaven on Earth if you’re a nature enthusiast.
You can go snowmobiling on frozen glaciers, whale watching, walking through lava tunnels, and so much more.
2. Chase the Northern Lights
The Aurora Borealis are mystical lights dancing across the sky in green, red and purple. Winter, October to March, is the best time to spot the Northern Lights.
If you go outside Reykjavík, you’ll escape the light pollution from the city. Being in darkness gives you the best chances of witnessing the Northern Lights.
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- Related: Best places to see the Northern Lights in Iceland.
3. Drive the Golden Circle
Renting a car in Iceland is straightforward, so grab the girls and hit the road. The incredible sights along the Golden Circle route are Gullfoss Falls, Geysir geothermal area, Kerid Crater and þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park.
What’s special about Þingvellir is that it has enormous geothermal and historical significance. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this national park is home to the Silfra Fissure, where you can dive between the 2 tectonic plates of America and Europe.
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4. Explore black sand beaches
Iceland’s beaches are not your usual bucket-and-spade spots. Instead you’ll see black sands, giant rock formations, and basalt cliffs here. They really are striking to look at.
The southern village of Vík is where you’ll find Reynisfjara black sand beach, one of the top sites in Iceland. Other cool spots include Breiðamerkursandur (‘Diamond Beach’) and Djupalonssandur.
6. Discover waterfalls
Iceland is renowned for its impressive waterfalls. There are thousands of them, but they’re actually impossible to count!
Here are 5 of the best waterfalls in Iceland:
7. Soak in the Blue Lagoon
Hot springs are one of Iceland’s magical treasures. The rich water supply is among the most valuable resources in the entire country, and there’s endless geothermal energy that naturally heats it up. So you won’t need to look far to find a warm pool, lagoon or ‘hot pot’.
The most well-known geothermal spa in Iceland is the Blue Lagoon. Here you’ll enjoy a relaxing experience, soaking in warm hot springs with natural clay exfoliators while overlooking a rocky, black lava landscape.
You couldn’t wish for much better pampering on your girls trip!
- Related: Ultimate guide to the Blue Lagoon.
What to pack for your Iceland trip
The weather in Iceland is changeable year-round. This means that no matter when you’re traveling, it’s best to be prepared for all kinds of conditions.
To make the most of your time here, we highly recommend packing items such as:
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Warm, insulated jacket
- Cozy gloves, scarf, and wooly hat
- Walking boots with a grippy sole
- Swimwear and travel towel
- Moisturizer and lip balm
And of course, you’ll want to make sure you can capture those special moments on your Icelandic adventure. So be sure to bring your camera in a waterproof bag – and don’t forget the spare battery packs and charging cable.
You could also pack a tripod for those group shots, and to capture the precious moment you spot the Northern Lights.
Female travel with Iceland Tours
It’s hard to find a more adventurous and exciting destination than Iceland. Whether you’re traveling solo as a female or with a group of friends, rest assured, visiting Iceland as a woman is so worth it.
If you’re inspired to grab your best girlfriends or take yourself off to Iceland on a solo female trip, we can help. All you need is a 5% deposit to secure your booking. Check out girls trips to Iceland and solo tour packages to start planning.
You could rent a car and go off on a self-drive tour of Iceland. Or stick to Reykjavík on a multi-day tour and enjoy day trips, coming back to the same hotel in the capital each evening.
But if you want to explore with a guide by your side the whole time, choose from private and group vacation packages.
Our local travel specialists will take care of your tour itinerary, including accommodation, transport in Iceland, and any activities. Plus you can personalize your trip to make sure you have the getaway of your dreams.
How to Visit Iceland from the US – Travel Tips
With glaciers, waterfalls, and vast volcanic landscapes, the Land of Fire and Ice is a magical destination wherever you’re visiting from. Travel to Iceland from the US and discover the thrills and wonders of a completely different world.
While friendly locals and English being spoken widely might remind you of home, there’s so much to transport you to a different world. See glaciers that tumble down to black-sand beaches. Taste unique local dishes. And discover exciting tales from ancient Viking culture.
Whatever your plans may be for your trip to Iceland, it’s worth getting familiar with some practical information first. Read on for some pointers if you’re traveling to Iceland from the US.
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1. Flying to Iceland from the US
You might be wondering how to travel from the US to Iceland. The only practical way to make the journey is by plane.
Traveling to Iceland from the US without flying is a bit more of a challenge. It’s possible to catch a container ship from Portland, Maine to Reykjavík, but we wouldn’t recommend it. It takes about 5 weeks!
How far is Iceland from the US?
At their closest points, between Maine and the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland and the US are about 2,000 miles (3,220 kilometers) apart. Given its size, though, parts of the US are twice that distance. For example, if you’re in California, you’re 4,000 miles (6,440 km) from Iceland.
That means that flight times will change a lot depending on where you’re traveling from. Flights from New York will take you about 5.5 hours, while those from Seattle can take as long as 8 hours.
How to get to Iceland from the US
There’s only one convenient option for traveling between Iceland and the US, and that’s by plane.
No matter where you start your journey, you’ll land in Iceland at Keflavík International Airport (KEF). It’s Iceland’s main international terminal, located just outside the capital city of Reykjavík.
When you book your trip with Iceland Tours, flights aren’t included in the package. This is so you can choose the time, price, and airline that suits you best.
Are there direct flights to Iceland from the US?
Direct flights leave the US for Iceland from 10 different airports:
- New York
- Washington D.C.
Typically, these are scheduled so that you’ll arrive in Reykjavík in the morning.
Of course, there are many connecting flights too, if you don’t have a non-stop link close by.
What airlines fly to Iceland from the US?
You can choose from many airlines that fly between the USA and Iceland. Icelandic carriers including Icelandair and Play run regular services. Or fly with a US airline, such as Delta or United.
2. What you need to visit Iceland from the US
What you need to bring with you to Iceland will depend on what you’re getting up to and the season you’re planning to visit. But whenever you’re coming, there’s some practical things you need to pack alongside your warm clothes and camera.
For additional information, check out this handy packing guide.
What are Iceland’s US passport requirements?
If you’re traveling to Iceland, it’s important to check your passport is up to date first. As Iceland is in the Schengen area, you’ll need to follow the same rules as in the rest of Europe.
- Your passport shouldn’t expire less than 3 months after you plan to leave Iceland. (While it’s not strictly necessary, the US Department of State recommends having at least 6 months left.)
- It should have been issued in the last 10 years.
- It needs to have at least 2 pages left empty. This is because it’ll be stamped when you enter Iceland and when returning home.
Do US citizens need a visa for Iceland?
American citizens are exempt from Iceland’s visa requirement if they’re coming for a short trip. But if you’ve spent a lot of time in Europe lately, it’s best to double-check how long you’ve been away.
US citizens can only travel visa-free in Iceland and the rest of the Schengen area for 90 days in every 180 days. That should include the whole of your stay in Iceland.
If you want to stay longer than that, you’ll need to apply for a visa. Check with the Icelandic government what you need to do to get one.
Can you drive in Iceland with a US license?
As a tourist, your US driver’s license is perfectly valid to use in Iceland for up to 6 months. If you’re still in the country after that, you’ll need to swap it for a local license.
Note that you need to have had the license for at least a year before you can drive in Iceland. And you’ll only be able to hire a car if you’re 20 or over. Some vehicle types, such as jeeps and vans, have a minimum rental age of 23.
There’s no need to apply for an International Driving Permit.
Does Iceland accept US dollars?
Iceland’s national currency is the Icelandic króna (ISK). While some stores, restaurants, and hotels very occasionally accept US dollars and euros, you shouldn’t expect to use dollars when you’re away.
It’s worth bearing in mind that most Icelanders just use debit and credit cards to pay, rather than cash. If your regular payment card works abroad, you can use that too. Check with your bank about any fees for using your cards abroad.
Tip: Make sure you know your PIN number before trying to use your card in Iceland. Card payment with signature is not possible in many places.
What’s the Iceland power adapter from the US?
Iceland uses the standard Europlug socket that you’ll see across much of northern Europe. It has round holes for two prongs. Adapters are typically sold as types C or F.
Plug sockets in Iceland use 230 V, rather than the 110 V that is used in the US. Before you plug in a device, make sure it’s rated for 230 V. Many plug adapters do not convert the voltage, so check before using one for the first time.
What’s it like traveling to Iceland from the US?
When traveling to Iceland, you’ll discover a world quite different from your own.
With its vast landscapes and sparse population, Iceland remains home to some of Europe’s last wildernesses. But you’ll notice that the distances are smaller than you’re used to. In fact, in Iceland, you’ll find some of the world’s most breathtaking sights in a country smaller than most US states.
Something to know is that Iceland is incredibly safe. Low population density and good education mean that crime rates are really low. That said, it can still be smart to sign up to the US Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to be alerted to any emergencies.
How big is Iceland compared to the US?
Iceland is much smaller than the US, both by surface area and population.
For example, Iceland’s surface area is about 39,600 sq mi (103,000 sq km). Meanwhile, the area of the USA adds up to roughly 3.8 million sq mi (9.8 million sq km).
So, you can think of the USA as being just under 100 times bigger than Iceland. To put that in perspective, Iceland is roughly the same size as Kentucky or Indiana.
Meanwhile, Iceland’s population is 372,000 and the population of the US is about 333 million. That means there’s roughly 1,000 Americans for every Icelander. In fact, there are nearly twice as many people just in Wyoming as there are in Iceland.
How expensive is Iceland compared to the US?
Iceland has a bit of a reputation as an expensive destination. One estimate suggests that Iceland is the world’s fourth most expensive country, while the USA ranks at 26.
Don’t let this put you off, though. There are many ways to enjoy the country on a budget. For example, why not visit Iceland in spring? In this season, prices tend to be a little lower.
One way to lower travel costs is to book a vacation package. When you book with Iceland Tours, you get great value for money. All of our packages include accommodation, local transport, a 24/7 helpline, and more.
Many of our packages also include breakfast and activities. So you won’t need to worry about saving up as much money to spend when you’re in Iceland.
What’s the weather like in Iceland?
As its name suggests, Iceland can get a little cold. But more than anything else, Icelandic weather is really changeable. Expect to experience every season in a single day, even in summer.
In that warmest season, temperatures can hit about 68°F (20°C). That said, if there’s a breeze it might feel a little cooler than that. Meanwhile, winter temperatures don’t often go below 28°F (-2°C), in Reykjavík and the capital area, at least.
May and June are the driest months, but you should always expect to see at least a little bit of rain while you’re here. Whenever you’re coming to Iceland, pack for all weather. Warm layers, a waterproof jacket, and sturdy shoes are a must.
The best time to visit Iceland and where to go
Now you know a bit about what Iceland’s like, it’s time to start planning your trip. Read on to discover when to visit and some of the travel destinations you cannot miss.
When is the best time to go to Iceland?
The best time for you to visit Iceland will depend on what you want to get up to while you’re here. Every season has something incredible to offer.
For example, winter’s the season of the Northern Lights. Thanks to Iceland’s dark nights, it is the world’s best place to see the aurora borealis. Meanwhile, winter offers ice caves to discover, glaciers to explore, and spas to unwind in. And let’s not forget Icelandic Christmas, when Reykjavík’s at its prettiest.
Meanwhile, summer in Iceland is an incredible time to get outdoors. Go camping, hike the country’s networks of trails, or take a whale watching tour to see majestic wildlife.
Spring is typically known as the shoulder season. But it’s the moment when wildflowers bloom and there are fewer visitors around.
Where are the best places to visit?
For such a small country, Iceland has so many breathtaking places to visit:
- Reykjavík, the capital city. Discover captivating museums, thriving nightlife, and unforgettable cultural experiences.
- The Golden Circle. Combining the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir National Park, with Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir, it’s Iceland’s best-known itinerary.
- Snæfellsnes peninsula. It’s known as ‘Iceland in Miniature’ thanks to its staggering variety of landforms, including iconic mountains and rugged coasts.
- The Blue Lagoon. Unwind in a world-famous spa with soothing blue waters.
- Vatnajökull National Park, the home of Europe’s second-largest glacier.
There’s much more to see. Discover what else you can get up to in our complete guide to Iceland.
Discover Iceland with Iceland Tours
Travel to Iceland from the US and discover volcanic landscapes, black-sand beaches, glaciers, and the magical Northern Lights. Whenever you visit, and whatever your travel plans, Iceland is a destination you won’t forget.
At Iceland Tours, we can help you organize the perfect trip. If you like exploring alone, take a self-drive tour of Iceland. Or, if you want to meet like-minded travelers to enjoy your experience with, join a group tour.
Book a trip with us and we’ll take care of your travel within Iceland, accommodation, and any activities. What’s more, you can customize everything for your dream holiday. All you need is a 5% deposit to secure your booking.
How to Visit Iceland from the UK – Travel Tips
Picture rugged glaciers and rumbling volcanoes, deep fjords and mysterious black-sand beaches. Visit Iceland from the UK and discover this breathtaking wilderness right on your doorstep.
It might be geographically close, but the Land of Fire and Ice is packed full of surprises and wonders. See geysers firing boiling jets of water high into the sky. Glimpse the otherworldly Northern Lights. Or sample some truly unique delicacies you won’t find at home (fermented shark, anyone?).
Before you do, though, get clued up on the practical info you need to know. Read on to find the answers to all your questions about travelling to Iceland from the UK.
- Explore these Iceland holidays from the UK to plan your trip.
1. How do I get to Iceland from the UK?
The only way to reach Iceland directly from the UK is by plane. That said, travelling to Iceland is really easy, with flights from across the UK taking you to Keflavík airport, Iceland’s international travel hub.
From England, you can choose from regular connections from London, including Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, and Stansted, or from Bristol or Manchester. Or, if you’re in Scotland, you’ll find planes to Iceland from Edinburgh and Glasgow.
When you book with Iceland Tours, flights aren’t included in your package. That means you’ll have more flexibility on where you fly from and how much you pay. You can find cheap flights at Icelandair, easyJet, Play, British Airways, Jet2 and WizzAir.
How far is Iceland from the UK?
At their closest points, the distance between Iceland and the UK is less than 500 miles (about 790 kilometres). But if you’re travelling from further south, the distances are a little longer. It’s about 850 miles (1,350 kilometres), depending on where you measure from.
How long is the flight to Iceland from the UK?
The length of your flight between Iceland and the UK depends on where you’re flying from.
If your flight leaves Heathrow, it’ll take about 3 hours 15 minutes to reach Keflavík. But a connection from Edinburgh to Keflavík will be a little shorter, about 2 hours 30 minutes.
Flight times to Iceland from the UK
From other airports, you can expect these flight times:
- From Bristol to Keflavík: 3 hours 10 minutes
- From Manchester to Keflavík: 2 hours 50 minutes
- From Glasgow to Keflavík: 2 hours 25 minutes
What’s the time difference between Iceland and the UK?
The time difference between Iceland and the UK changes between summer and winter. In the winter, the two countries are in the same time zone. But Iceland doesn’t change its clocks like the rest of Europe. That means that in summer Iceland is an hour behind.
2. What do I need to visit Iceland from the UK?
What you need to pack for Iceland will change based on when you’re visiting and what you’re going to get up to. But in any season, you’ll find warm clothes, waterproof layers, and sturdy shoes are always a good idea.
What’s more, it’s always smart to check entry requirements and restrictions before you travel. Read on to find the answers.
What are Iceland’s passport requirements from the UK?
If you’re visiting Iceland from the UK, check if your passport meets the requirements first. There are two things to look out for:
- Your passport should be issued no more than 10 years before you enter Iceland
- It should expire no more than 3 months after the day you plan to leave.
By the way, expect your passport to be stamped at Iceland’s border when you enter and leave.
Do UK citizens need a visa for Iceland?
Most people who travel to Iceland from the UK won’t need a visa. But if you’ve been on a lot of trips to Europe lately, it’s worth checking how long you’ve been away, as this can affect your right to enter.
That’s because Brits can travel visa-free in Iceland and other countries in the Schengen area for a total of 90 days in every 180 days. That includes the whole length of your stay in Iceland. If you want to stay longer than 90 days, you will need a visa.
Find out more on the UK Government’s guide to entry requirements to Iceland. Or, if you need a visa, check with the Icelandic government what you need to do.
Can I drive in Iceland with a UK licence?
Unless you’re living in Iceland, there’s no need for any additional paperwork to hire a car in Iceland. As a tourist, you can simply use your UK driving licence as is.
What adapter do I need for Iceland from the UK?
Iceland uses the standard Europlug socket, that fits plugs with two round prongs. The adapter you’ll need is usually called a Northern European adapter or a type “C” or “F”.
3. What’s it like visiting Iceland from the UK?
If you’ve never visited Iceland before, you’ll find it both familiar and surprisingly different.
Most people speak English, and you’ll feel right at home in Reykjavík’s cafes and bars. Icelanders are friendly and welcoming, although they may seem a little reserved at first. Once they open up though, you’ll find that they have a dry sense of humour just like the Brits.
Iceland’s landscapes, architecture, and traditional local food will make you feel like you’re in a fascinating new world.
How big is Iceland compared to the UK?
Iceland is a lot smaller than the UK, by pretty much any way you measure it.
It covers an area of about 103,000 sq km (39,600 sq mi), which is slightly smaller than England at 130,000 sq km (50,300 sq mi). Meanwhile the whole of the UK is 243,610 sq km (94,060 sq mi).
The population of Iceland is 372,000, while the UK’s is 67 million. To put it in context, the size of Iceland’s population is roughly the same as that of Cardiff.
What Iceland lacks in size, it more than makes up for in pure wonder. With vast open spaces and a tiny population, it feels a lot bigger than it is.
How expensive is Iceland compared to the UK?
You may have heard Iceland’s reputation for being a quite expensive country. According to one estimate, Iceland is the fourth most expensive country in the world, compared to the UK in 27th place.
That said, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the country without worrying about money. You could try camping during the summer months, or visit in the off-season, when prices tend to be lower.
What’s the weather like in Iceland?
As a nation at the edge of the Arctic Circle, Iceland can get cold. But if you’re coming from the UK, it might not be as cold as you think.
In Reykjavík during winter, expect average lows of -2°C (28.4°F). It can get a lot colder, but that’s not so common. Most of the time, Iceland’s winter weather is comparable to what you’d experience in the Scottish Highlands.
Meanwhile, in summer, you can see temperatures rise as high as 20°C (68°F). If there’s a sea breeze though, it can often feel cooler than the thermometer suggests. With this in mind, make sure you pack a windproof outer layer.
The thing about Iceland’s weather (a bit like in the UK) is that it’s very changeable. You can experience every season – from snow to sunshine and gusty winds – in a single day. For enjoyable and safe travel, it’s best to be prepared and pack well!
If you’re planning to visit in winter, check out this handy packing guide so you don’t forget any essentials.
4. When should I visit Iceland and what should I do?
The best time to visit Iceland will be decided by what you want to do when you get here. The country offers everything from outdoor adventures and wildlife tours to cultural treasures and spa experiences.
When is the best time to visit Iceland?
It’s always a good time to visit Iceland. But what you can do here will change from season to season.
For example, summer’s great for discovering Iceland’s wildernesses and national parks. At this time, the snow has retreated, opening up the whole country for you to explore. It’s also a great time for a whale watching tour, as many species of whale return to Iceland’s waters.
You’ll find Iceland in winter has its own joys too. See the Northern Lights, with its gorgeous colours against the dark winter sky. Or visit Iceland’s ice caves, for a different perspective on this pristine snowy landscape.
Spring in Iceland is the low season, when visitors are fewer and nature is blossoming. You’ll see that it’s a brilliant time for a road trip, particularly as prices are a little lower.
What are the best things to do in Iceland?
There’s so much to get up to on a visit to Iceland, whatever season you visit:
- Relax in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon
- Take a road trip around Iceland’s jaw-dropping Ring Road
- Explore glaciers and waterfalls on the south coast
- See geothermal wonders and historical sites in the Golden Circle
- Try Icelandic food or sample cosy cafe culture in Reykjavík
- Go whale watching or puffin spotting on a wildlife tour
- Venture into Iceland’s rugged and remote highlands
- Visit ice caves and lava tunnels to see Iceland’s fascinating geology
- Stroll along cliff-tops or black-sand beaches on the Snæfellsnes peninsula
- Marvel at the Northern Lights.
Find out more in our complete guide to Iceland.
Explore the best of Iceland with Iceland Tours
Visit Iceland from the UK and discover a world of vast glaciers and enchanting beaches, snow-topped mountains and magical waterfalls. Whatever your travel plans, it promises a holiday you’ll never forget.
If you prefer exploring alone, a self-drive tour of Iceland could be for you. Alternatively, on a group tour, you’ll share your experience with like-minded travellers.
At Iceland Tours we make your trip easy. Book a travel package with us and we’ll take care of your accommodation, travel within Iceland, and any added extras. Explore our holidays from the UK today. All you need is a 5% deposit to secure your booking.
Iceland in Spring: Your Guide
Visit Iceland in spring and you’ll experience a season of beauty and change. At this time of year, the winter snows are retreating and color is returning to the landscape. You could glimpse the Northern Lights before the nights get too short. And with the summer visitors yet to arrive, you’ll have more of this paradise to yourself.
For those in the know, spring in Iceland is one of the best times to visit. Read on to find out more about how to get the most out of this season.
- Start your adventure with these spring and summer vacation packages in Iceland.
When does spring start in Iceland?
Spring in Iceland typically begins in April, when average temperatures rise and the snows start to melt. And while there’s no exact date for spring kicking off, you can feel when winter in Iceland is coming to an end. You’ll notice there’s more wildlife around and the land becomes greener.
Traditionally, the start of spring is marked by the arrival of the golden plover, a bird that makes Iceland its home over summer. Throughout the winter, they’re found further south, but you’re likely to see them arriving in Iceland by the end of March.
For many Icelanders, it’s not spring until they’ve seen a golden plover. If you’re visiting at this time of year, listen out for their distinctive call.
- Related: Things to see and do in Iceland in April and May.
When is spring in Iceland?
There’s no specifically defined springtime in Iceland. But April and May are considered the months of spring. It’s worth bearing in mind that this short season can begin earlier and end later, depending on the weather.
That said, according to Iceland’s old Norse calendar, you’ll see there was a time when the locals didn’t recognize spring at all. Instead, the calendar had only 2 seasons – summer and winter – each lasting 6 months. In this tradition, summer would start at the end of April.
These days, if you’re in Iceland in April, you might catch Sumardagurinn fyrsti, the national holiday to celebrate the first day of summer. It’s held on the first Thursday after 18 April.
Why visit Iceland in spring?
While spring is a shoulder season in Iceland, it really is one of the best times of year to visit. Read on to discover 5 reasons why.
1. Be there for the wildlife-watching season kicking off
If you’re hoping to glimpse some of Iceland’s wildlife, then spring is an ideal time to come. You could spot whales, puffins, Arctic foxes, and other creatures throughout April and May.
In fact, Iceland’s waters are home to as many as 12 different species of whale. While they usually head south to warmer waters in winter, most have come back to Iceland by spring.
What’s more, late April to May sees the return of puffins to Icelandic shores. To watch them fishing, book a boat tour or head for their favorite ocean cliffs, such as Dyrhólaey on the south coast.
- Related: Best places to see puffins in Iceland.
2. Explore with fewer other visitors around
During spring, you can soak up the thrills of Iceland at a quieter, calmer pace, compared to the summer months. While it never gets very busy even during summer, in spring it’ll feel like you have the countryside to yourself.
Because of this, spring can be a good time for a road trip around Iceland on Route 1 (also known as the Ring Road), which takes you around the entire country. In spring there’s less traffic, and with snow and ice melting, the road conditions are easier than in winter. So why not buckle up and head off on an adventure?
Or you could take the opportunity to go on a tour of the Golden Circle, one of Iceland’s most popular sightseeing routes. This time of year is perfect for snapping the must-see Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, and Þingvellir National Park with fewer people about.
- Find out more with this guide to driving in Iceland.
3. Enjoy longer days and better weather
While visiting Iceland in winter does offer more opportunities for chasing the Northern Lights, the flipside is shorter days. In December, for example, Reykjavík gets less than 5 hours of daylight each day.
Come spring, the extra daylight gives you more time for exploring Iceland’s natural wonders.
Take advantage of these longer days for soaking up the breathtaking scenery or enjoying outdoor activities like hiking. You could even have a sunset dip in the warm waters of the Sky Lagoon, overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean.
4. Venture into the outdoors
In spring, average temperatures are on the rise and melting snow means that many highland roads are starting to open.
By mid-April, you’ll find that most of the country roads tend to be accessible, except in the central highlands. This means that there are more opportunities for heading off the beaten path to uncover hidden gems, such as secluded hot springs.
So wrap up warm, pack a snack (just in case!), and explore Iceland’s incredible national parks and network of hiking trails. You’ll be amazed by what you find!
- Check out these active tour packages in Iceland for inspiration.
5. See the Northern Lights outside of winter
There’s no doubt that winter – October to March – is the best time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland. But as you might discover if you visit in spring, it’s not the only time. To witness this spectacular show, you’ll need dark, clear skies, and the right solar activity.
The sun starts to set later in April, between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. in Reykjavík. But you could still catch this mind-blowing sight if the conditions come together and you’re happy to stay up late.
- Opt for a Northern Lights tour package to improve your chances of seeing the aurora.
What’s the weather like during spring in Iceland?
Spring brings milder weather, and most of winter’s storms will have passed. In fact, late spring to early summer – May and June – is often the driest time of year in Iceland.
That said, you could experience any type of weather throughout Iceland’s spring. For instance, it’ll still be chilly, and it could even snow, particularly in the highlands or the far north. So you’ll want to come prepared for different weather conditions.
- Get more information on what to expect in this guide to the weather in Iceland.
What should I pack for Iceland in spring?
What you bring with you when you travel to Iceland depends on what activities you’ve got planned for your stay.
That said, some things are a must no matter what you’re planning. These include thermal layers, hiking shoes with good grip, and a waterproof jacket and pants.
If you’re joining an excursion booked by Iceland Tours that needs specialist gear, this will be supplied for you. For example, on a glacier hike, harnesses, crampons, and other safety equipment are included. So you don’t need to worry about bringing these with you.
Don’t forget your camera and other year-round travel essentials, such as chargers, adapters, and toiletries.
- Related: Iceland in summer vs winter.
What should I wear in Iceland in spring?
Spring in Iceland is a time when you should be prepared for any weather. As the saying goes, you could experience every season in a day.
This means it’s smart to dress in layers, so you stay warm but can take things off if you get too hot. Make sure to always have your waterproofs with you, particularly if you’re hiking or going on a boat tour.
For any outdoor excursions, we always recommend comfortable shoes for walking. Weatherproof ones with a grippy sole are best. They’ll make life easier when you’re out and about visiting Iceland’s beautiful natural sights.
- Visiting in early spring? Get cold weather travel tips in this guide to packing for winter in Iceland.
Visit Iceland in spring with Iceland Tours
With so many things to see and do in Iceland in spring, why not choose this time of year for your trip? Book with Iceland Tours and you’ll enjoy an authentic travel experience, organized by local experts.
If you like to go at your pace, then an Icelandic self-drive package, complete with a route map and sightseeing recommendations, could be for you.
Want to explore with a group of like-minded travelers instead? In that case, check out these guided group tours of Iceland.
Or why not go for a multi-day trip based in Reykjavík? This way, you can soak up city life in the capital and make the most of venturing into the surrounding nature on day tours.
What’s more, you can personalize our travel packages by adding extra nights and handpicked activities.
No matter what time of year you decide to visit Iceland, we’ll arrange your accommodation, transport, and any excursions. And all it takes to secure your booking is a 5% deposit.
Why Visit Iceland in 2023?
Of all the travel destinations out there, why visit Iceland? And why this year? The Land of Fire and Ice offers pristine landscapes, jaw-dropping natural attractions, and exciting cultural experiences. If you’ve not checked Iceland off your bucket list yet, 2023 is the year to do it.
With new places to visit and things to do popping up, there have never been more reasons to go to Iceland. From tastebud-tingling food halls in the capital city to new bathing experiences around the country, you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy!
- Book your 2023 Iceland vacation package today.
Why visit Iceland now?
There are plenty of brand-new reasons to visit Iceland in 2023, including:
- Wonderful new geothermal bathing experiences to try
- An exciting new lava-based attraction
- Food halls opening in Reykjavík and Akureyri
- Delights of the lesser-visited North Iceland region
- Cultural events and music festivals throughout the year
Of course, any of these new attractions can be paired with tried-and-tested favorites, such as:
- Classic road trip routes, like the Golden Circle and Ring Road
- Whale watching boat tours from Reykjavík or Húsavík
- Bucket-list sights, such as black sand beaches and ice caves
- Northern Lights hunting over the winter season
- Outdoor activities, like riding an Icelandic horse or diving in the Silfra fissure
- Visiting national parks at Þingvellir or the Vatnajökull glacier
What’s new in Iceland for 2023
Here we’ve rounded up for you the 5 hottest new things to see and do in Iceland this year.
1. North Iceland
There are few places in the world better suited to slow travel than North Iceland. This sustainable approach to traveling is all about you forging a connection with the places you visit. You have a deeper sense of where you are in the world, and learn about the local people and culture.
Many people skip North Iceland or just pass through it, but for no good reason. It’s got a captivating blend of mindblowing nature, charming villages, and rare wildlife. Here you can go whale watching, soak in a bubbling hot spring, and see a roaring waterfall, all in the same day.
And it’s accessible too, with Route 1 (aka the Ring Road), running right through it.
- Explore these Iceland Ring Road tours that include the north.
As well as nature, the region delivers on culture too. North Iceland is home to Akureyri, Iceland’s second city. The beautiful old town hugs the sides of the Eyjafjörður fjord. In summer, explore the surprisingly lush botanic gardens, or come winter you could go skiing in the mountains.
You’re spoiled for choice with local restaurants and boutiques too. Just outside the town, you’ll find the newly opened Forest Lagoon (Skógarböðin). This is the only place in the country where you can bathe surrounded by trees.
Drive further north and you’ll reach the town of Siglufjörður, known for its wonderfully restored historic buildings. Or instead, you could head east from Akureyri to Húsavík, a fishing village known as the whale watching capital of Iceland.
Come to North Iceland and follow the past less traveled. You’re guaranteed to see a different side of the country.
2. Lava Show Reykjavík
Iceland’s known the world over for its volcanic power and moss-blanketed lava fields. It’s difficult to get close up to the liquid stuff though. First, it’s incredibly dangerous. And second, you have to be there just when it’s erupting.
Thanks to Lava Show though, you can now see molten lava flowing just feet away from you in a completely safe environment.
Lava Show has been a popular attraction in the town of Vík, South Iceland for some time. But now you can also experience it in the capital, Reykjavík. Here real lava is superheated and poured out for you to see. As you watch the lava flow, you’ll learn about its fascinating properties and how it’s formed.
This is the only place in the world where you can get this close to real lava. You can even hear it sizzle and watch bubbles escaping from it. Truly an unmissable experience!
3. Hvammsvík Hot Springs
Outdoor bathing is a central part of Icelandic culture, thanks to the seemingly endless supply of hot water from the ground. You might well have heard of geothermal baths like the Blue Lagoon and Sky Lagoon.
Hvammsvík Hot Springs are the latest way for you to experience the nourishing energy of Mother Earth. You’ll find them in Hvalfjörður fjord, around a 45-minute drive from Reykjavík. The fjord is rich in Viking history, having been settled in the 11th century.
At the hot springs themselves, you’ll find 8 pools of varying temperatures. Some are connected, whereas others merge with the sea as the tide comes in. The local geothermal well produces water at 90°C (195°F), which is then mixed with seawater to make it suitable for bathing.
The pools have been designed to blend in seamlessly with the environment, and are made from local materials where possible. Enjoy contrast bathing in the cold and warm waters, or you could make use of one the free paddleboards!
There’s also a steam cave, in-water bar, and indoor and outdoor changing facilities. If you’re feeling brave, why not do as the locals do and get changed outside?
Afterward, you can tuck into a tasty light bite at the Stormur bistro. There are also excellent hiking trails in the area, including to the Glymur waterfall, the second highest in Iceland.
4. Pósthús Food Hall
Food halls have taken Iceland by storm since the first one opened in downtown Reykjavík at the old Hlemmur bus station in 2017. They’ve quickly become a firm favorite among locals and visitors alike.
If you’ve never eaten at a food hall before, you might be wondering what the fuss is about. You’ll find a selection of restaurants serving up dishes made from local ingredients, but with flavors from around the world. The prices are normally more wallet-friendly, and you can be sure everyone you dine with will be able to get something they like.
- Learn more about Iceland’s food culture & restaurants.
The latest addition to the scene is Pósthús Food Hall, in a former post office on Austurstræti. This is in the heart of Reykjavík’s bustling city center. The building has been lovingly restored and transformed into a food hall. You’ll find the best seats in the house under the glass roof at the back.
Walk in and you’ll be hit with aromas from all kinds of cuisines, including Italian, Indian, Japanese fusion, and more. It’s definitely worth stopping by here for a snack, lunch, or dinner.
5. Festivals & events
There are 2 main seasons for cultural festivals in Iceland: summer and autumn. From June to August, you’ll find loads of fayres in small towns around the country. This is also the season for outdoor music festivals, such as Secret Solstice and Þjóðhátíð.
In late autumn, the main event is Iceland Airwaves. This indoor music event is spread over venues across Reykjavík, so no matter what the weather’s doing, the show goes on.
Stay up to date with everything happening this year with this Iceland events calendar.
When is the best time to visit Iceland in 2023?
Choosing when to go to Iceland might seem tricky, but it just comes down to what kind of experience you want to have.
If chasing the aurora borealis is top of your list, then you need to go in winter, as they only appear in dark skies. Plus, you’ll be able to see Iceland in its snowy, icy glory (a sight definitely worth seeing). Winter is long in Iceland, but October, November, December, and January are all popular months to visit.
Alternatively, if you want to see the midnight sun and enjoy warmer weather, then a summer vacation is for you. At this time of year, you can also travel to Iceland’s interior. Summer arrives fairly late in Iceland, so you’d be looking at a trip in June, July, August, or early September.
Of course, February to May is also an option too. That said, winter isn’t truly over until around March or April, so that’s worth bearing in mind when picking your dates.
Planning your 2023 trip to Iceland
If you’re thinking about traveling to Iceland in 2023, how do you go about planning everything?
First of all, decide how you want to travel. Are you happy to take the wheel yourself and have the freedom to go wherever you like, whenever you like? In that case, an Iceland self-drive tour is for you.
On the other hand, if you’d rather not drive, you might prefer a multi-day tour from Reykjavík. Travel this way and you would join day trips into the countryside by bus. For a more social experience and expert guidance, a guided group tour is great option.
If you’re planning a summer trip, you might even consider a camping itinerary so you can get close to nature. At the other end of the spectrum, a private tour might suit you if you want to take advantage of the knowledge of a local guide.
With Iceland Tours, you get accommodation, local transport, and an itinerary arranged for you. This means less stress, and more time getting excited about your Iceland vacation.
You can now secure your booking with just a 5% deposit. So why not book an Iceland vacation package today and start looking forward to your 2023 Iceland adventure?
Why Iceland is Amazing for Solo Travel
Iceland is a world of natural thrills. With awesome glacial landscapes, rugged coasts, and the breathtaking Northern Lights, it’s an unforgettable destination no matter who you are.
That said, the Land of Fire and Ice particularly deserves its reputation as one of the world’s top spots for solo travel. Why? Of course, there’s natural beauty in bucketloads, but that’s not all. Aside from simply stunning, your Iceland solo travel adventure will be social, safe, and straightforward too.
Read on to discover why Iceland is the perfect place for solo travelers. And learn some top tips to make your trip extra special.
- Explore our Iceland solo trips to start your adventure.
10 reasons why Iceland is great for solo travelers
Why is Iceland such a dream for solo travelers? Here are 10 reasons why you should visit on a solo trip.
1. Plenty of natural beauty to explore
The first reason is simple: Iceland boasts some of the most dramatic and enticing scenery on the planet. And whether you’re traveling solo or with a loved one, this island nation should be on your bucket list.
Where to start? The Golden Circle, Iceland’s most famous itinerary, is just a skip and a jump from Reykjavík. Here, you’ll encounter the fury of Gullfoss waterfall and the otherworldly landscapes of Geysir. Take the chance to explore Þingvellir National Park too, with the Silfra trench dividing two continents.
Rent a car and journey Iceland’s Ring Road (the circular route that runs around almost the whole island of Iceland) and you’ll find much more. Black sand beaches, magnificent mountain peaks, waterfalls, and glacial lagoons await!
2. No need to worry about your safety
It’s quiz time: which picturesque island nation has one of the lowest crime rates in the world?
The answer’s Iceland. With low rates of violence, high levels of security, and a peaceful culture, Iceland ranks top of the list of the world’s safest countries. And it’s been at the top for the last 15 years.
All of this helps make traveling solo in Iceland as stress-free as possible. Of course, you can still miss a bus or lose your passport. But you won’t find the nuisances or more serious concerns that can make solo travel a challenge elsewhere.
- Related: Is Iceland safe to visit?
3. Chances to see the Northern Lights
Iceland sits on the very edge of the Arctic Circle and it claims the most northerly capital of an independent country in the world, Reykjavík. It’s a combination that makes the country a paradise for travelers seeking the Northern Lights.
But what exactly is this natural phenomenon? The Northern Lights are a display of bright color that illuminates the night sky in the far north. Caused by the sun’s activity, it’s a mesmerizing spectacle that brings people from all over the world.
As a solo traveler, experience them in good company on a Northern Lights tour. It’s one of the best ways to glimpse the aurora borealis for yourself.
4. Super-friendly locals
Iceland may be the safest country in the world. But it has another prize in its collection. Icelanders are among the friendliest people on the planet too.
Visit Iceland solo and you’ll see why. Whether you’re after a personal tip or recommendation, or you just want a chat in a bar, don’t hesitate to ask a local. They will be more than happy to share their experiences with you.
That’s why at Iceland Tours our local guides are one of our greatest assets. Whether you want to join a group tour or enjoy a private adventure, you’ll be led by a friendly guide who knows the area inside out.
5. Carefree travel for women
It’s a sad fact that women often don’t feel safe when traveling solo. But in Iceland, things are different. In the safest country in the world, solo female travelers can feel a bit more at ease.
Whether you’re hanging out in the city or heading deep into the Icelandic highlands, put the worries aside. Instead, focus on the breathtaking scenery or dive deep into the local culture. Nothing should hold you back.
- Explore these girls trips to Iceland.
6. Endless opportunities for outdoor adventure
Looking for a thrill? There’s nowhere better than Iceland. With some of the most rugged landscapes in the world, you’ll find many ways to get a taste of excitement.
For instance, take the opportunity to go glacier hiking. Over 10% of Iceland’s surface is covered in ice, in the form of winding glaciers or enormous ice caps. Explore them on foot to get a glimpse of the wildness that defines this northern nation.
Alternatively, head beneath the surface into one of Iceland’s ice caves. It’ll give you a different perspective on the Land of Ice and Fire.
7. Chances to meet independent travelers like you
If you’ve never traveled solo before, it’s natural to worry that solo travel means lonely travel. It doesn’t. In fact, one of the beauties of traveling alone is just how social it can be.
Iceland is full of independent travelers, all looking for their own thrills, experiences, and memories, just like you. And wherever you stay or however you like to travel, you’ll have the opportunity to meet like-minded people.
Group tours to some of Iceland’s top sights can be a great way to socialize while you’re away. On a bus tour or a more intimate small-group experience, for example, you might make a friend for life.
8. Easy transport connections
Beautiful? Check. Social? That’s right. Easy to get around? Iceland is exactly that too. That’s thanks to the country’s highly developed transport system and a range of offerings for visitors.
If you want to rent a car to drive around Iceland, booking a self-drive tour is a great option. Or, if you’d prefer to be based in Reykjavík and see the best of Iceland’s south coast during the day, multi-day tours are a good fit.
However you’d rather get from A to B, you’re sure to make incredible memories along the way.
- Related: How to get around Iceland.
9. No need to learn another language
On the theme of ease of travel, Iceland has another perk. Most Icelanders are fluent in another language besides Icelandic. That means you don’t have to worry if you can’t speak the lingo.
Icelanders learn English throughout school and you won’t have any trouble communicating if that’s your first or second language.
But it’s not just English that’s widely spoken. Icelanders are often fluent in Norwegian and Danish. And, as a visitor, you’ll find travel guides who operate in French, Spanish, and other languages too.
10. R&R in abundance at spas and hot springs
Finally, one of the great reasons to visit Iceland, solo or otherwise, is the spa culture. After a long day of sight-seeing, there’s nothing better than to plunge into the warm waters of Iceland’s geothermal pools.
The Blue Lagoon is one of the most famous, thanks to its milky blue waters. Or there’s the new kid on the block, the Sky Lagoon, with its luxurious offerings and breathtaking views.
Solo, with loved ones, or in a social group, there’s no better way to chill out.
- Related: A guide to Iceland’s hot springs and geothermal pools.
4 top tips for solo travel in Iceland
Now you know why to come, what can you do to make sure you have the perfect solo visit to Iceland? Read on for 4 essential tips.
1. Choose the right time to come
As anyone who’s traveled to Iceland will tell you, the experience changes with the seasons.
Some things you can do in summer (hiking, or visiting the highlands) are more difficult in the winter. And the beauties of the winter (such as the Northern Lights) won’t be around in summer.
That said, there’s no real best time to come – just the best time that suits you.
- Related: Iceland in summer vs winter.
2. Join a tour
To travel independently is to feel free. But many solo travelers would still highly recommend joining a group tour. Why? Because it’s a pleasure to experience wonderful things in the company of others.
Of course, you don’t have to be in guided groups all the time. But if you want to meet fellow travelers, there’s no better way to do it.
3. Plan and book ahead
For many travelers, journeying solo means going where the wind takes you. Of course, there’s a lot of fun in keeping things flexible. But while detailed plans might not have the same romance, they’re crucial to get the most out of your trip.
That matters particularly in high season, when tours and accommodation can book up fast. To avoid disappointment, think ahead.
At Iceland Tours, we can provide you with an action-packed and fully-booked itinerary, to keep your vacation admin to a minimum. Of course, it’s completely customizable, so you can build your perfect visit.
4. Trust the locals
Whether they are tour guides or people you meet by chance, locals are experts in the country they live in. Hearing their tips and recommendations can help turn your trip into an unforgettable experience.
Is Iceland good for solo travel?
It’s no exaggeration to say that Iceland is one of the best countries in the world for solo travel.
Thanks to its majestic scenery, captivating culture, and the Northern Lights, it’s a top destination for all travelers. But as Iceland is safe, easy to get around, and social, you’ll find it an excellent choice for solo travel.
Is Iceland safe for female solo travelers?
Iceland has the reputation for being among the world’s safest countries for solo female travelers. And that’s well deserved. No one should feel uncomfortable when traveling alone.
Travel solo in Iceland with Iceland Tours
No matter your preferred travel style, you’ll find an option for solo travel that suits you. Want to go it alone on a road trip around Iceland? Take a self-drive tour. Prefer to join an intimate group of independent travelers? Check out these guided group tours instead.
At Iceland Tours, we can arrange your solo trip however you want to travel. We’ll handle the accommodation, transport, and any excursions. And you can customize your solo trip to Iceland with optional extras, making it as unique as your personal adventure should be.
The best part? All it takes to secure your booking today is a 5% deposit.