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Glamping in North Iceland

Camping in Iceland

Being in Iceland is all about spending as much time in nature as possible! Traveling around Iceland in a campervan or motorhome adds mobility and spontaneity to your trip. You are free to chase the good weather and pace the journey to your own liking. 

Whether you choose a fully-equipped motorhome or a practical campervan, a truck camper, a simple tent or a luxurious glamping pod - there is a camping option for every budget and preference. Find the one, that suits you best!

We want to introduce you to certain rules and tips that apply to everyone who wants to camp in Iceland.

WHERE AM I ALLOWED TO CAMP? 

We know, it is tempting to set up shop for the night next to the beautiful waterfall or in the midst of the breathtaking scenery that you are enjoying at this very moment. But wild camping is not permitted in Iceland.  

Camping in camper vans and motorhomes 
is restricted to camping spaces and to privately owned land with the owner’s permission.

Camping in a tent 
is restricted to camping spaces or to uncultivated land for one night, provided there is no campsite in the immediate vicinity and the landowner has not restricted or prohibited access by means of signs.
More detailed rules for camping in a tent.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE GOOD CAMPING SPACES? 

Camping space in the Iceland highlands

There are so many beautiful camping sites in Iceland to pick from

Everywhere! 
vast network of camping spaces spans around Iceland and you never have to drive long to get to the next one when you decide to stop for the night. Most camping grounds are situated in a beautiful environment, some even in spectacular locations!

They are standardly equipped with toilet facilities and accress to electricity. The majority includes a common house with kitchen facilities and/or and an outdoor barbecue pit. Playgrounds, nearby swimming pools, horse- and kayak rentals and close-by hiking paths are only some of the many extras that camping spaces often provide.

What does camping in Iceland cost?

The price per night varies: most facilities charge between 1.500 ISK and 2.500 ISK (betweens appr. 12 and 20 USD) per person and night. Kids under 12, sometimes under 15, usually camp free of charge. Additional services like electrity, shower or the use of the washing machine, are not included in the fee.

CAMPING IN SUMMER 

Glamping pods in North Iceland

For more comfort: Glamping pods in North Iceland

Most camping spaces are only open during the summer months, from May til September. The exact opening and closing dates can vary since they also depend on weather and campground conditions.

Since camping is also popular amongst Icelanders, spaces in popular areas can become quite crowded in summer, especially when there are festivals in town (almost every town has its own summer festival!). The Monday after the first weekend in August, called ‘verslunarmannahelgi’ is an Icelandic bank holiday, and many Icelanders like to use the long weekend for camping.

The weather in Iceland is unpredictable – also in summer! When camping in a tent, consider that rain, fierce winds, and cold temperatures can also occur in June, July and August.  

CAMPING IN WINTER 

Though camping is mostly a summer activity in Iceland, some camping spaces are open all year-round. (see below)

Camping with a camper van 
Rental companies for camper vans offer specially equipped vehicles with certain insulation and heating devices to make camping in winter possible and even comfortable. Campervans are easier to navigate and safer than motorhomes and often come with 4x4. More about driving in Iceland.

Truck camper driving through Iceland

Camping with a motorhome  
Due to strong winds, bad weather, and snowy road conditions during winter, it is advised to only travel short distances with a motorhome, if that. Some rental companies do not even rent out motorhomes during winter. 

Camping in a tent 
with blizzards, subfreezing temperatures, and sometimes substantial amounts of snow, camping in a tent is not recommended. 

Kirkjufell mountain with frozen Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall in the front

Winter Camping in North Iceland

Winter Camping in South Iceland

Winter Camping in West Iceland

Winter Camping Reykjanes

Winter Camping East Iceland

Winter Camping Westfjords

MORE CAMPING TIPS

  • In summer it doesn’t get dark: if you’re light sensitive, bring a sleeping mask! 
  • In summer it doesn’t get dark: if you want to catch the Northern lights, it’s best to wait until September.  
  • It can also get cold in summer – bring enough warm clothing. Here is Safetravels’ pack list for camping in Iceland 
  • Camping spaces usually fill up around dinnertime, at six or seven pm during summer. To make sure to get a spot, you can either prebook or show up a little earlier. 
  • In the countryside, you will seldomly find a laundromat. In case the campgrounds are not equipped with this service, check out the local swimming pool! They often provide the use of washing machines and dryers for a small service fee. 
  • When camping in winter, budget for a night or two in a guesthouse, just in case of very bad weather conditions. 

Where to rent camper vans and mobile homes

here you find a big selection of car rentals that also rent camper vans and mobile homes.
Renting companies

Happy Camping!

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