Why Iceland is the Perfect Solo Female Travellers Destination?

A woman in a lopapeysa standing beside the Vatnajokull glacier in Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland.

Solo Female Travel in Iceland

Iceland’s natural wonders are stunning to behold. But no matter how amazing the attractions are, as a solo female traveller, you’re likely to worry about a host of things, including safety. Luckily you’ll find your concerns eased in Iceland as the country is among the safest in the world.  Find out why a solo female trip to Iceland is a great way to learn more about yourself and the world. 

What Makes Iceland Perfect for Solo Female Travellers?

Iceland is a traveller’s dream no doubt, but there are multiple reasons that make it particularly ideal for solo female travellers. Discover what could make your solo female trip to Iceland unique. 

1. A Quick Weekend Getaway 

Working from home has increased considerably since the pandemic. With all that extra time indoors maybe you’d like a break from household chores. Sometimes, a quick weekend getaway is all you need and Iceland is doable over a weekend! If it's your first time travelling solo, a weekend in Iceland is an ideal way to dip your toe before spending a longer duration in this fascinating Nordic country.

You could hop on a five-hour flight from Boston or the East Coast on Friday, explore downtown Reykjavík, and go horseback riding for a bit of countryside scenery before boarding your flight back home on Sunday. Alternatively, the Golden Circle and Snæfellsnes Peninsula, dubbed ‘Iceland in Miniature,’ are among the most sought-after attractions when you’ve got little time to spare. Iceland is also conveniently located for a quick weekend visit from various locations in Europe!

2. Female Comeradirie 

If you’re thinking of visiting Iceland as a solo female traveller, you’re not the only one. In recent years, the country has become a popular destination amongst women eager to get out and experience the world on their own. As a result, you’re likely to meet up with other women who have the same idea as you and you can enjoy one another’s company. Try joining some organised tours or activities to find like-minded women! 

A female solo traveller in Iceland exploring lava fields on the Golden Circle route.

3. Gender Equality

Statistics aren’t always relevant but, in Iceland’s case, the numbers speak for themselves. It's the only country in the world to have closed more than 90% of its gender gap, which makes being a solo female traveller in Iceland quite an experience. Delve further into gender equality in Iceland in our blog.

Accommodation for Solo Female Travellers in Iceland 

As a solo female traveller in Iceland, your options for accommodation are plenty. Downtown Reykjavík has some top-notch hotels close to the main street, Laugavegur, which is where you want to be in the capital. Our range of hotels, conveniently located across the country, are perfect options.

 A female tourist in a yellow jacket standing before a waterfall in Iceland.

Solo Female Traveller Tips for Iceland

If you’d like some tips from locals for your next solo trip to Iceland, here are the best.


  • Speaking in Icelandic is not mandatory, but Icelanders will be impressed if you can give it a go. 

  • Icelanders take their culture and folklore seriously, and it's important to respect their traditions when visiting. 

  • Treat nature with respect too as the locals care for their land deeply and are extremely proactive when it comes to being eco-friendly. 

  • Enjoying an outdoor thermal bath is a must, especially on a day when it’s freezing. 

Is Iceland Safe for Solo Female Travellers?

Iceland is not only one of the safest countries in the world but also among the safest places for solo female travellers. As of 2023, Iceland is still ranking number one on the Global Peace Index. Several factors have contributed to these impressive results. But, most of all, it is a testament to the hospitality of Icelanders. They’re friendly and welcoming to visitors, and speak excellent English, which is a bonus!

A solo female traveller in a field of purple lupines in Iceland.

If travelling to Iceland on a solo female trip has been on your bucket list, there’s nothing to stop you. There are plenty of attractions you could visit on a weekend alone, or spend a relaxing session at an Icelandic spa if you’d like some downtime. Best of all, Iceland is safe and easy to get to. 

Start planning your trip and explore this Nordic country and its wonders!