Why travel solo to Iceland?
Everywhere you turn in Iceland, you’ll be faced with sheer volcanic forces that have shaped one of the most unique landscapes on earth.
Imagine black deserts threaded with glacial rivers, amid volcanic peaks in all directions. Mysterious ravines offering some truly remote hiking routes, vast tundra scattered with wildflowers, and the Valley of Thor shrouded in a fine mist. Iceland’s terrain is as dramatic as it is beautiful, shaped by the constant shifting of tectonic plates.
If it’s off-grid hiking you’re after, summer is the best time to visit. The landscape comes to life with days of endless sunshine, bringing flora and fauna to the valleys. Winter offers quite a different kind of adventure. You can expect glacier hiking, snowmobiling across the icy outback and bathing in an outdoor hot tub beneath the Northern Lights (weather permitting, of course).
Whether you’re seeking a magical winter or a summer adventure, travel to Iceland and you’re in for an outdoors experience like no other.
What's the weather like?
Iceland’s weather can be really unpredictable and it’s not uncommon to feel like you’re experiencing four seasons in one day. The average summer temperature is 11C (51F), while winter averages -0.5C (31F).
Average temp in high season
What’s the national language?
What’s the currency?
Iceland is on Greenwich Meantime (GMT) and doesn’t observe Daylight Saving Time.
Top three activities
1. Soak in the Blue Lagoon
2. Explore Sólheimajökull Glacier
3. Hike through the Valley of Thor
Top four dishes to try
1. Pylsur: Icelandic hotdog
2. Icelandic lamb
3. Skyr: natural cheese yogurt
4. Fermented shark
Top places to visit in Iceland
In Iceland’s capital you can explore the country’s viking history through the National and Saga museums. This is also the spot to explore Icelandic cuisine, moving from restaurant to restaurant to sample a wide range of foods and the country’s famous craft beer scene.
A landscape of otherworldly beauty where shifting tectonic plates have opened up vast valleys, now full of greenery and wildlife. The volcanic terrain also gives rise to bubbling geysers and hot springs.
This region of Iceland is known for its dramatic landscapes. Towards the western tip, the Snæfellsjökull National Park is overlooked by Snæfellsjökull Volcano, which is topped with a glacier. You can also venture through lava fields to reach the black-pebbled Djúpalónssandur Beach.
Dominated by Lake Mývatn, a volcanic lake, this spot in northern Iceland is a great place to relax. A small village called Reykjahlíð provides necessary amenities, while the man-made but naturally heated lagoon provides the soothing waters. Nearby is Hverir, providing hot-springs, boiling mud pots and fumaroles.
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