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Iceland is in the North Atlantic Ocean, located between Europe and North America. This island is famous with breathtaking landscapes with waterfalls, geysers, volcanoes and lava fields. Most of the Icelanders live in the capital – Reykjavik. Iceland is a dream destination all year round for travelers from all over the world.
However, is Iceland a good place for solo travelers in the winter time?
If you want to book a room at one of the expensive hotels in Reykjavik, go for a city sightseeing only and purchase expensive tour packages for exploring the countryside, then Iceland would be a good fit for you in the winter time as a solo traveler.
However, if you are a solo traveler on a budget, I wouldn’t advise you to drive alone during winter time in Iceland. Weather conditions can change drastically (snow, rain, strong winds). You could possibly get a flat tire. It’s always helpful to travel in pairs during winter time in case something goes wrong.
WHAT TO BRING
I decided to challenge myself and to leave for my Iceland trip with as less as possible luggage, packed in only one carry on backpack. It worked perfectly fine. I didn’t miss anything. Here is a list for you with the essentials to bring for up to a week trip to Iceland.
– Warm Socks (4)
I didn’t do even one organized tour in Iceland since I was using the services of private guide for the first 3 days and rented a car for the last day. Next time I’m in Iceland (during summer time), I would love to try some of the tours offered by the local tour companies, such as a boat tour to see the puffin birds, glacier hiking, etc.
Using your American credit card when refilling gas can be confusing. The gas station machines in Iceland always asks you for a pin code. Sometimes it will work when you press the green button but sometimes it doesn’t. You might want to contact your credit card company prior to your departure to Iceland, to request a temporary pin number.
If you want to save money, you should get an accommodation through AirBnB. It doesn’t really matter how close to Reykjavik the location of your AirBnb is if you are already renting a car and planning to explore the countryside.
Alcohol is also very expensive in Iceland. If you want to save money, buy a bottle of alcohol at the airport in USA and bring it with you. Alcohol in Iceland is expensive even at their Duty Free Shop. For example, a bottle of Bacardi at the US Duty Free costs about $14-$17, while its priced about $24 and up at the Iceland Duty Free.
4-DAY ROAD TRIP ITINERARY
South Coast drive / Day Trip to Svinafellskojull Glacier & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach
* Prepare sandwiches and beverages for the road so you don’t waste time stopping at gas stations
Places to stop by and see on your way to your final stop (Diamond Beach):
* Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
You should start driving back from the Lagoon no later than 5pm. Expect to arrive in Reykjavik around midnight. Look for Northern Lights on your way back! That is when I saw them in Selfoss, an hour before Reykjavik.