It has been a long while since I have taken a solo trip, so in the interests of exploring somewhere new and seeing what things are like as a solo traveller, I have booked a short solo trip to Iceland!
Iceland is somewhere I have wanted to visit for a long time, so when I stumbled across cheap flights in November, I immediately started researching to see if I could make this trip viable. It didn’t take long to find out that November is a great time to visit if you want to see the Northern Lights, but the weather is exceptionally changeable at this time of year and daylight hours dwindle. I bit the bullet, booked the flights, and started planning the rest of my trip, and I’ll be writing about every aspect of it here on Roonee.
The Cost of a trip to Iceland
One of my main concerns about Iceland as a country, is the cost. I have looked at visiting previously many times, but have always been put off by the price of pretty much everything. This time, I have booked and planned as many aspects of this short trip ahead of time as possible, so I don’t need to worry so much about spending money when I’m there, as all the important things are paid for!
I made sure that my hotel was in a central location so that I would be able to walk to city attractions. I also ensured that my hotel booking included breakfast – I have read many reviews of Iceland trips that comment on how expensive food is, so it felt like a big bonus if I could fill up on breakfast at the hotel!
My transport to and from the airport is already booked – it was more expensive than shuttle services I have experienced in other countries, but booking it a couple of months in advance has allowed me to pay off the expense. Aside from the expense of the shuttle service, transport on the whole looks to be incredibly simple and easy to navigate which is something else I feel I don’t need to worry about.
Most interestingly, I decided to book myself on to a couple of excursions. While there is plenty to see and do in Reykjavik, there is even more to experience outside of the city boundaries. After a day of researching to see which tours are worth trying in November, I decided to book onto a Northern Lights bus tour, and a morning at the infamous Blue Lagoon. I’m also contemplating booking onto a Golden Circle Tour where I would be able to see some if Iceland’s most iconic scenery! The only thing that gives me pause, is again, the price. The two tours I have already booked onto have already amounted to several hundred pounds – while I have made this trip doable by planning several months in advance, it’s certainly not cheap!
When it comes to safety, I have very few worries as a solo female traveller. On previous visits to Scandinavia I have felt nothing but safe, and from reading many reviews of trips to Iceland, I think this upcoming trip will be much the same. Nonetheless, I have carefully planned out all of the routes I need while in the country, and I will be taking all of my usual safety precautions – it’s always better to be safe than sorry!