Iceland: The perfect place for solo travel
2023 has been the year of the solo traveler, and this doesn’t look set to change as we head into 2024. Embracing some alone time on a solo trip has never been so popular.
The rise of solo travel
The BBC reports that the number of people Googling "solo travel" has almost doubled compared to five years ago, and #solotravel on TikTok has seen an almost tenfold increase in the last three years.
Pre-pandemic data from Booking.com saw that 14% of travelers were planning a trip on their own, while nearly double (23%) now say they'll be planning a solo trip in the future.
It's not just young or single people booking solo trips either, with 45–54-year-olds accounting for a third of solo travelers according to Staysure, and 29% of people saying they would leave their partners and families at home as they seek to boost their self-confidence, and experience more freedom and adventure.
Beyond being a safe and relatively easy destination, there are countless more reasons why Iceland should be on a bucket list, at any time of year. The country's magnificent landscapes are a magnet for all kinds of travelers. The northern lights, midnight sun, thermal pools, whale watching, and the buzzing cultural life of Reykjavík are just a few more reasons why an Iceland getaway is a great idea.
So, whether you’re a first-time solo traveler or an experienced go-it-alone explorer, where better to travel than to Iceland?
Below we've explored some of the most common questions around solo travel in Iceland. Come see for yourself just how liberating a solo trip is!
- Is solo travel in Iceland safe?
- Is Iceland safe for solo female and non-binary travelers?
- How do I get around while traveling solo in Iceland?
- How expensive is it to travel solo in Iceland?
- When is the best time to travel solo to Iceland?
- Is it easy to meet people while traveling solo in Iceland?