Looking for the perfect solo travel destination? Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world, and Reykjavik offers many wonderful attractions.
Going solo is a huge trend in modern travel, with increasing numbers of travelers choosing to go it alone to enjoy enriching experiences. If you’re looking for the perfect place for solo travel, consider the beautiful wilderness of Iceland. The nation’s capital city of Reykjavik with its rich arts and culture scene is considered by many to be the perfect location for solo travel, whether you are a first-timer or an experienced vagabond. Here are some of the many reasons to consider making Reykjavik, Iceland your next solo travel destination:
- Location: Traveling to Iceland is just a five-hour plane ride from the East Coast, and the city of Reykjavik is conveniently located less than 40 minutes from the Keflavik International Airport. Bonus: If you’re planning a longer trip to Europe, you could even choose Iceland Air’s free stopover and gift yourself a few days exploring Icelandic wilderness for no additional flight charge.
- Language: For many solo travelers (especially first-timers), it’s important to travel to a place where the language barrier is minimal. The majority of Icelanders speak English, so asking for directions or simply conversing with the locals is easy—plus, Iceland has been rumored to be one of the friendliest nations worldwide.
- Safety: Did you know that this nation is also considered by the Institute for Economics and Peace to be the safest country in the world? Iceland is known for its responsible police force, high standard of living, low theft, and low violent crime rates. Statistically speaking, this is one of the best countries to visit for safety.
- Experience: Of course, the best reason to consider Iceland for your solo travel trip is the experience you will have there. From venturing out in Iceland’s stunning natural beauty to search for the Northern lights to sunbathing with the locals on the grass at Austurvöllur or losing yourself in the crowds browsing the shops along Laugavegur, you won’t run out of things to do and see in this energetic city.
Now that we have you convinced that a solo trip through Iceland is a must, here are some must-see Reykjavik destinations to put at the top of your solo travel Icelandic itinerary.
Things to Do in Reykjavik
National Museum of Iceland
For travelers who want to learn more about Iceland’s history, a stop at the National Museum of Iceland is a must. The museum’s main exhibit includes more than 2,000 artifacts organized to take you on a journey from the earliest days of the country’s settlement to today. The artifacts range from an elaborate Valthjófsstadur door with ornate engravings to a replica of one of the country’s modern airports.
Hallgrímskirkja, also known as the Church of Hallgrimur for its namesake renowned religious poet Hallgrímur Pétursson, boasts futuristic architecture that looks like a combination of a rocket ship and a glacier. Tour the building and take plenty of photos of Iceland’s most photographed location, or just enjoy the amazing views.
The Nordic House
Located a short 10-minute walk from downtown, the Nordic House offers a variety of art exhibits, concerts, and other events and activities throughout the year. Even when events aren’t scheduled, it’s worth a visit just to enjoy the aesthetics and architecture of Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto. The Nordic House also has its own Nordic boutique and library and is home to AALTO Bistro, an eatery that focuses on unusual ingredients to create dishes with Scandinavian and Central European influences.
This bustling, open-air shopping district known as Laugavegur offers a lively atmosphere and a wide range of shops and boutiques, and the nearby bars, restaurants, and coffee shops make it a great spot to visit day or night. Check out some of the city’s coolest bookstores, vintage shops, and bakeries in this area.
Locals swim in the waters off Nauthólsvík all year long. Whether you take a dip in the chilly winter waters or hit the golden sands of this hotspot during summer, you will be in good company. More than 500,000 people visit this man-made geothermal beach every year. The hot tubs and steam baths are particularly popular, especially after a dip in freezing waters.
No visit to Reykjavik is complete without a stop at Tjörnin Pond. This lovely spot is one of the city’s most photographed locations, making it a great place to take a quick selfie with Reykjavik City Hall and other colorful, historic homes in the background.
There’s plenty to do in the beautiful and charming city of Reykjavik, Iceland, making it the perfect destination for solo travelers. Hike Mt. Esja, take a self-guided bike tour or stroll along the Sculpture and Shoreline Trail to the Sun Voyager statue for great views of the city and sculptures. With its gorgeous scenery, safe environment, and friendly residents, you’re sure to have a relaxing, awe-filled and memorable time on your Icelandic getaway.
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