I've decided to come see my #1 bucket list destination for my 35th birthday, Iceland! I am coming alone - I am female and the whole trip is kind of coming up on me fast as I play to head there Sept 11th. My plan as of now is to stay 5 days and come back on the 6th, however, I'm wondering if that is a good amount of time to see the country? I don't know when I'll get back, so I'm thinking of extending it to 8-10 days. But some people have said that 8-10 days is not necessary.
SO I NEED ADVICE - First off, that time of year is it safe to rent a car and drive the country? What is the terrain like and weather this time of year (Sept 11-16 or 20th)? I live in New Jersey in the USA and am used to pretty easy driving. If it was snowing heavily in mountainous terrain I'd be terrified! Am I better off doing tours? I have backpacked Europe alone before but never rented a car. What type of car is best? I know Iceland is also supposed to be very safe.. are there any concerns I should be aware of being a solo female traveler?
I am sure a million people have asked this question, but where would I find a good idea for a 5 vs 8-10 day itinerary to see as much as possible.
I found an AirBNB which is in Selfoss, its highly rated and cheap and has a horse farm where you can go riding etc. Most people have said on the site that they wished they could stay longer. So I though of just going there for my 5 day stay and driving around during the day on the south coast. I don't have a good idea of how long it takes to get around however. From selfoss - how much is do-able in a drive? Would I be better off to do a road trip around the whole country and stay in different BnBs throughout the stay?
So driving vs not driving, Selfoss accessibility for day trips, tips for female solo traveling around the country, and snow/weather conditions would be great! Thank you so much.Edited: 29 June 2017, 22:24