I always say I’ve traveled quite a bit on my own when I really should say I have traveled some because compared to all the places I haven’t seen in the world I’ve only seen a little piece of it. Where I’ve been and what I have seen isn’t necessarily important here though but the fact that I’ve seen most of it while traveling solo is at least somewhat relevant.
I understand that being brought up in Iceland, where things are fairly safe and parents have more of a hands off approach to raising their children, may give me a bit of a skewed view of the world. They often say that this gives the Icelandic youth independence and certain carelessness that may seem alien to many.
I was only 18 when I moved away from home for the first time and my destination wasn’t just next street from my mum’s house but a whole different country. Between 18 and 22 I lived in three different countries apart from my own and the years following I spent all my money on where I was going next or paying for what aunt VISA had provided me with on the last adventure.
I even finished a part of my education while traveling on buses around Southeast Asia. Othello tonight, Vodka Redbull bucket tomorrow. 20 straws please.
I never remember even thinking should I go there alone? Granted, my destinations were maybe not the most dangerous ones in the world but then again Iceland isn’t either. I also heard from older women in particular that they were jealous of my bravery and although I didn’t understand it then I do understand it a bit better now. It’s hard to one day stand up and tell your partner honey, I just bought a ticket to [insert destination] and you’re not invited and it’s even harder to leave the comforts of your routine and your home for the unknown. But it’s so very worth it! And I can tell you from personal experience, if you have someone waiting at home, that I always fancy the boyfriend even more when I’ve been away from him for a while. I think the right amount of separation is healthy for any relationship.
Question: Is Iceland safe for solo female travelers
The short answer is yes. The long answer is a bit longer but it ultimately leads to the same result: Yes.
Although Iceland is not necessarily the utopia some people make it out to be it is, if nothing else, one the safest places on earth for travelers. There’s not a lot of violence here and you can walk in most places alone without worrying about being harassed. Political unrest on the streets might mean a few thousand people coming together in front of the parliament singing songs or shaking their key chains to symbolize their disdain for politics. People are friendly, helpful and in general not trying to scam you if they offer their assistance. And unlike some places you might end up visiting we have proper toilets everywhere and tampons and sanitary pads readily available. So no need to stuff your suitcase full of Tampax.
If you don’t drink a lot and you’re not used to the party scene you might find Reykjavík at night in the weekend a bit intimidating but as long as you keep your wits about you you should be fine. Men might approach you and hit on you in bars but in most cases just declining whatever they are offering is sufficient. If they don’t take no for an answer it’s usually enough to leave or talk to the staff at the bar and they will in most cases take care of it for you. Of course there’s always some rotten apples in between but you can be unlucky everywhere.
Apart from the things to consider as a solo female traveler, Iceland is also just such an convenient country to visit. We make everything super easy for you and you almost don’t have to think for yourself (although I encourage you to do so, of course) with all the guided tours and pick ups and what not. Really, you’ll be fine.
If you want to travel the world on your own then maybe Iceland could be your first stop where you get used to the idea in a safe and somewhat controlled environment. You can of course have as wild of an adventure as you would like to but if you’d just like to dip your toes into the pool to test the water, Iceland can definitely be that pool.
Plus we have a lot of pools. Just saying #MeantToBe
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