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.
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.
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!