Glacier in South Iceland. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

Hoffellsjökull Glacier in South Iceland. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

According to a recent article published in the Huffington Post, travelling solo was once a “taboo” thing to do, but not anymore. It’s even promoted and encouraged as a method of self discovery, with Iceland acknowledged as the number one choice on their “World’s Best Destinations for Solo Travellers” list. After reading the article it got me thinking about the solo travellers we’ve met here so far. They might have travelled alone to Iceland, but they were certainly not short of company once they arrived.

Sarah Irvine in Landmannalaugar

Sarah Irvine in Landmannalaugar

Amongst them were some great people with whom we’ve shared some unforgettable moments, like Sarah Irvine – the multi-talented circus artist from Australia, who we met on our super, super-jeep tour to Hekla and Landmannalaugar or Wil Masisak – a film director we got talking to in a Reykjavík restaurant, and ended spending a week with on an adventure to see the wonders of North Iceland. Not forgetting the brilliant Jeryl Brunner – a radiant writer and professional journalist, who came to Iceland on a press trip for Ben Stiller’s Walter Mitty film, then ended up spending an unexpected day with us on a very snowy road to the Golden Circle. More recently we met a memorable character named Eric Strand – a whisky afficionado and sound engineer from California, who came over for the Iceland Writer’s Retreat.  He introduced us to his impressive Whisky Diary, and took us with him on a trip to Flóki – Iceland’s first ever whisky distillery.

An epic Northern Lights show with Jeryl Brunner. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

Watching a Northern Lights show with Jeryl Brunner. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

In short, apart from discovering a new sense of “self”, being a solo traveller in Iceland doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be alone, the chances are you’ll make new friends and maybe share in an adventure or two! You might even fall in love with a local and never leave…it has been know to happen!

With Wil Masisak at the Myvatn Nature baths - the less crowded Blue Lagoon of North Iceland. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

With Wil Masisak at the Myvatn Nature baths – the less crowded Blue Lagoon of North Iceland. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

At KEX Hostel with delegate Eric Strand, who continued to fascinate us with his origami skills. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

Origami with Eric Strand at the Iceland Writer’s Retreat. Image by Roman Gerasymenko

Eric Strand's Whisky Diary

Eric Strand’s Whisky Diary

 

 

 

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