If you are planning to travel to Iceland then you’re not alone. In the past few years, this tiny country has gained a reputation as a top new holiday hot spot.
A quick search on Google images will whet the appetite of any solo traveller who is looking for something new, fun and adventurous. Because it turns out that this wonderful little country has A LOT more going for it than Bjork.
8 Reasons To Travel To Iceland
1. Iceland Is Very Safe
The population of Iceland is a measly three hundred thousand and a big portion of that number live in the capital Reykjavik. Given that the country is essentially a small community, the chances of any crime happening are extremely low.
You’re probably more likely to find yourself running into trouble with nature as the land is full of glacial dangers.
2. Get Some Time Alone
One of the first things you’ll realise driving around are the wide and gorgeous landscapes. Being alone in open nature is a great way to get that peace and quiet you’ve been craving all along. There are literally open spaces everywhere for you to pull over, sit down and take some time for yourself for some meditation or self-reflection.
3. Socialise At Your Own Pace
Not everyone likes to socialise but when you’re rolling solo, it’s nice to have some company when you need it. The great thing about Iceland is that unlike more party-driven destinations, it tends to attract a more mature and open-minded crowd. When you roam around Reykjavik, you won’t have a hard time meeting other friendly travellers. Also, whilst the level of English isn’t fantastic in Iceland, you will find that most locals are open to meeting travellers.
4. Roam Freely In Iceland
Every solo traveller has always dreamt about walking out the door and going anywhere they want. Well, in Iceland that is a freedom you will have. Living in the city is tough. People can be rude, there is congestion everywhere and it’s very hard to relax.
In Iceland, everything is miles apart from one another, giving you the sensation of free roaming you have always wanted. Whether you want to hitch a ride, hire a car or catch a bus, you will enjoy the freedom of running around in your own giant playground.
5. Have A Digital Detox
Since you will more than likely be spending your time out and about in nature, there won’t be any wi-fi access to distract you from enjoying your time alone. Sure, you may pull our your phone to snap a few pics of the stunning scenery but one thing you will notice is that the call of nature will far outweigh the call of those annoying notifications on your phone.
6. The Best Of Iceland Is FREE
Travel is as expensive as you want it to be and in Iceland you can certainly rack up your credit card bill fast if you’re travelling alone and splurging unnecessarily. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
The beauty of Iceland lies in its nature. Seriously, going around the country is like being on the set of your dream movie. You could probably take a picture of anything and turn it into a postcard.
7. Getting Lost Is A Non-Issue
Iceland is a small country, in terms of both population size and land. Reykjavik is small enough to navigate around easily and you will more than likely know your way around within the first couple of days.
That coupled with the fact that most locals are friendly and speak English means that you won’t have to worry about getting lost by yourself.
8. Iceland Is Very Liberal
Despite what some may think, Iceland is very liberal. It was one of the first countries to legalise same sex marriage and it prides itself on having the smallest gender gap in the world.
Being discriminated will be the least of your worries if you’re coming to Iceland solo.
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