A guide to the best campsites in Iceland. I shared plenty of posts from our Iceland road trips, from exploring under midnight sun, to why visiting Iceland in July is the best time to visit. In this post I will take you through Iceland camping, covering, where to camp in Iceland, the best campsites in Iceland, Iceland campsite prices, including what it’s like camping in Iceland in summer. Visiting Iceland in July means you get the very best of the weather as July is one of the warmest months in the year.
Some of the most iconic and loved Game of Thrones scenes were shot in Iceland. So, you know this captivating and rugged landscape is a place of beauty. That can only make camping in Iceland an epic adventure, and why knowing the best Iceland campsites and Iceland camping equipment rentals stores a must before you go.
If you are only exploring the capital, find where to stay in Reykjavik isn’t too difficult but when exploring the beautiful sights on the Ring Road, it’s a little harder to plan where your next stop to sleep for the night can be hard while doing the Iceland road trip.
This is partly because almost every other mile there is something to see, which can make calculating when you get to a booked hotel will be when there are so many stops along the way. This is where campsites in Iceland come in!
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Top 10 Of Best Campsites In Iceland | The best Spots For Camping In Iceland
As you may already know, Iceland isn’t one of the cheapest destinations to visit, but combining a camping trip on the Ring Road, whether visiting for the northern lights, goldern circle tourist sights, hot spring swimming pools in the mountains, to see glacier lagoons, Iceland travel can be made that little cheaper if you combine it with camping.
This also gives you added flexibility when it comes to accommodation planning for your Icelandic adventures. We did a combination of tent camping in Iceland and Iceland camper rental. I also shared a post about why this is also one of the best ways to tour Iceland. I will also be sharing more tips on campervan hire in Iceland as well as price comparisons of motorhome rental in Iceland.
While all these sites are open in the summer months and some of them for the entire year – they don’t always open for the same period of time. Just double check that they are open if visiting Iceland in winter.
Plus, depending on how remote the locations are, the weather conditions can affect their opening dates. So, do check before you go. Now, let’s dive into our favorite campsites in Iceland, from West to East Iceland and from South up to North Iceland.
1. Grindavik Campsite
This is an ideal campsite as a starter for your camping trip to Iceland and one of the best options for accommodation in camping site in Iceland. Grindavik is a fishing town and has a lovely harbor on this coast.
The Grindavik campsite is close to the major airports (Keflavík International Airport and Reykjavik Domestic Airport) so you can get over your jetlag or wind down before leaving Iceland. You have access to warm and cold water, toilets, showers and washing machines. If you have rented an RV or mobile home, you can get rid of your waste at this campsite. There’s internet access, walking paths and a playground if you have kids.
2. Breiðavík camping site
The Breiðavík camping site is on the way to one of the most visited tourist areas in Iceland – Látrabjarg. The campsite is also close to other tourist attractions such as Westfjords and the stunning Látrabjarg cliffs. It offers access to a barbecue grill as well as the many usual amenities such as a washing machine and WI-FI, and coffee and tea come as part of the price. Children under 12 stay free.
3. Egilsstaðir Campsite
The town of Egilsstaðir sits on the eastern part of the Vatnajökull National Park. The Egilsstaðir camping site is located in the heart of the town and is open year-round and is one of the best campsites in Iceland.
Being in the town center, it means you are close to all the main services and shops. Its location makes it easy to take short day-trips to other scenic spots such as the Hallormsstaðaskógur forest. This is another one of campgrounds in Iceland that has the usual amenities – washing machines, showers, playground for kids.
4. Höfn Campsite
The Höfn campsite in east Iceland is a perfect location to rest when you want to take a tour of the Jökulsárlón glacier lake on the edge of the Vatnajökull National Park. It’s normally open from April to September and comes with many amenities for winding down each day from your drives along the Iceland Ring Road or for spending the day. It has a gold course, walking paths, horse rental, and fishing just to name a few of the activities you can do there.
5. Vopnafjörður Iceland Campgrounds
The Vopnafjörður Camping Ground is another of Iceland campgrounds in East Iceland. Located on the hills in the city centre, it gives you a fantastic view across the bay and the town. Again, this site has barbecue facilities as well as restrooms, shower facilities, and internet access.
Other services are within an easy walking distance from the campsite. This is one of the smaller campsites in our top 10 list, but its easy access to swimming pools, hot tubs, horse rentals, etc. more than makes up for it.
6. Húsafell Campsite
Húsafell is one of the most popular campsites in Iceland, West Iceland. The site is a short distance from a swimming pool, golf course, and other services in the town. Plus, you are close to some of the iconic Iceland glaciers such as the Langjökull – the second largest icecap in Iceland.
You will want to visit this campsite in the summertime because they have a large campfire program every Saturday night. You definitely don’t want to miss that.
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7. Hellissandur Camping Ground
Another lovely west Iceland campsites is the Hellissandur Camping Ground. It is surrounded by beautiful lava fields called Sandahraun. The camping ground is close to beaches and the Snæfellsjökull National Park.
Plus, you can join the Snæfellsjökull Glacier Hike which offers midnight sun tours and an epic one-day outing for sightseeing. Of course, it wouldn’t be one of our Iceland camping sitess without the regular sanitary facilities.
8. Ólafsvík Camp Site
Another popular one of the Iceland camping sites in West Iceland camping ground is Ólafsvík. The site is located right at the entrance to the town of Ólafsvík. In the heart of the town, you can visit the Regional Museum of Snæfellsbær, a coffee shop, and a handcraft gallery.
Plus, the campsite is also close to the Snæfellsjökull Glacier for a wonderful day of hiking adventures. Or, spend the day on the fishing harbour just taking in the lively routines in the day of the life of an Ólafsvík seaman.
9. Jökulsárgljúfur/Ásbyrgi Campground
If you’re heading to the north, a great place to stop is the Jökulsárgljúfur/Ásbyrgi campground which is another one of the Iceland campsites as it sits inside the national park. It’s open all year round and offers accommodation for tents, mobile homes, and folding campers.
If you’re traveling with a pet, you’ll be happy to know that dogs are allowed at this site. Stop by the Ásbyrgi Visitor Centre for more information on all the sites and activities in and around Jökulsárgljúfur. It also has a souvenir shop and an intriguing exhibit on the formation of the Ásbyrgi Canyon.
10. Þórshöfn Camping Ground
Another fantastic northern Iceland campsite is at the Þórshöfn Camping Ground. The campsite itself has great amenities for caravans and mobile homes. You have access to toilets and electricity. Plus, there are benches and tables if you want to sit outside your vans.
There is a sports centre that is a short distance away from the campsite where you can use the swimming pool with hot tubs and the gym as well as washing machine and dryer. Of course, any good campground must have internet access and the sports centre, Verið, has this. You also have a variety of activities to choose from including bird watching from the Skorubíkurbjarg viewing platform.
Camping In Iceland In July(Including Camping in June & August)
Iceland weather can be dodgy anyway but when it comes to tent camping in Iceland, by far, camping in Iceland in July offers one of the best experiences as this is one of the driest months and warmest. Warm in terms of Icelandic averages that is. If you are visiting the month before camping in Iceland in June also isn’t that bad in terms of weather. Some months can be really cold and wet.
I have done camping in wet conditions it really isn’t the best experience. During the really wet and super cold months campervan hire/rv rental in Iceland offers a better and comfortable option. Because campervans can be expensive during peak season, during the summer, camping in Iceland means you can also opt to hire and ordinary car and do tent camping in Iceland for even more savings towards your finances for the trip. Also, note that there are plenty of budget grocery stores in Iceland to buy food than buying expensive restaurant food along the way.
Again coming in Iceland in August, June or July you will have a far better experience in some parts of Iceland, although this is the summer we still had some wet days on a campsite next to Skogafoss. During this time we jumped back into our Iceland camper rental we picked up in Reykjavik. So depending on whether weather look at all options.
Tent Camping In Iceland | Camping At Skogafoss
Tent camping in Iceland offers one of the best and cost-effective ways to explore the Ring Road sights. Explore beautiful national parks in Iceland, explore the beautiful treasures within Vatnajökull national park, stay up until the midnight sun, explore south, east Iceland and north Iceland and then some, all the while tent camping during your road trip.
There are simply so many ways to experience this beautiful country and its ‘out of this world’ sights, from the blue lagoon, waterfalls, glacier lagoons, geysers and so much more! Camping allows you to explore Iceland and not blow a lot of money on expensive accommodation along the Ring Road.
Iceland Campsite Prices and Tariffs And Free Camping Kids
There aren’t many free camp sites in Iceland, what these are are just public lands. Most camping places in Iceland are free on publands.ds . Campsites by waterfalls are also not that expensive. For some places, Iceland campsite prices start from rates around ISK 1700 per night. Children 13-16 years, accompanied by adults might range around ISK 800 per night.
Children 12 years and younger, accompanied by adults, are usually free of charge. You can also get group discounts. A group of 10 people or more might get 10% discount on camping. To qualify for a group discount, one person in the group must pay for the whole camping rate in full for the group.
Iceland Camping Equipment Rental
For our trips camping on the Trolltunga trail in Norway, we brought our own camping gear from London. For our trip to Iceland, we didnt have to bring any as Iceland camping equipment was already included in out campervan rental which I have written about on the blog and linked above.
If you don’t have the luxury as having all the camping gear with you or want to avoid paying extra in baggage fees to bring all the equipment with you, there are the option of Iceland camping equipment rentals when you arrive in Reykjavik. For Iceland camping rental options check out sites like Iceland Camping Equipment Rental, Rent A Tent and Fjallakofinn.
There isn’t a huge number of rental shops for outdoor equipment as this is an industry if you can call it that is just starting to grow. The small number of stores in Iceland that do camping rentals do offer a variety of equipment. They rent out equipment for singles and groups, backpacks, child carriers, rental tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, WIFI, GoPro, coolers and many other things.
Prices vary, for example, gas stove cost from around £2.20 per day, first aid kit is around £1 a day, tents start from around £6 – 18 a day. These Iceland camping rental stores open from 9-10am and close by 5 or 6 pm so make sure you head there before they close as most don’t do late hours.
Camping Gear and Outdoors Equipment Stores In Iceland
If you have arrived with some camping equipment in Iceland and looking to add a few missing items. There are a couple of outdoor stores in Iceland. Most of which are in Reykjavik but you do have a couple scattered around Iceland. These sell a variety of equipment from cycling, fishing, hunting, clothing, footwear and camping gear like tents, coolers, camping furniture, first aid kits, portable camping WC.
- Ellingsen in Fiskislóð
- Utilif in Kringlan, Glæsibær and Smáralind shopping mall.
- Alparnir in Faxafeni
- Byko in Eyjarslóð
- Everest in Skeifan
- Útivist og veiði in Kaupvangsstræti, Akureyri
Leave No Trace
To preserve the wild beauty and nature of the country, it is recommended (an in most instances are required by law) to camp only in designated camping areas. This also makes sure that you aren’t encroaching on private property since you will be staying at one of the many free and low-cost camping sites. I have also tried to include things to know about camping site in Iceland, in terms of facilities on the campsite.
Iceland Camping Questions
Can anyone Camp In The Wild In Iceland
The simple answer is yes, as long as its public land and NOT private land. Be respectful. We saw people camping right outside the camping grounds just to avoid paying the campsite price but still managed to use campsite facilities in the morning. This is not cool at all!
Do Iceland Campsites Have Wifi,
Yes, but not all of them, we found that facilities vary between campsites in Iceland. The ones that didn’t have wifi, we found there was a restaurant or cafe nearby with wifi.
How Would One Go About Travelling Cheap To Iceland | Is visiting and traveling in Iceland expensive?
Is visiting and traveling in Iceland expensive, it can be if you dont watch your budget carefully but it is possible to do Iceland on a budget. You can rent a normal car instead of a campervan and opt to tent camping in Iceland instead of staying using a campervan in Iceland. If it gets super cold you still also have the option of camping in car. Stock up at the grocery stores with food you can cook instead of using cafes or restaurants.
The best budge grocery stores in Iceland is Bonus. Where possible you can visit all the tourist sights yourself instead of doing a tour. Only use tours for say, whale watching as you certainly cannot DIY that tour. Things like that mean you can save money that you can then use for other things on the trip.
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All these articles about Iceland and now this one on Iceland campsites are giving me travel envy. Perhaps I can plan a trip this summer. I love to travel, but even more so camp. All these sites look really nice, especially the Húsafell campsite. Think I could hike to some of the iconic glaciers you say are nearby?
Yeah Iceland is such a beautiful country. As accommodation on the Ring Road in Iceland can be expensive and scarce, Iceland camping sites give you a more options to explore and be able to camp on many of the great campsites in Iceland on the Ring Road.
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This is such a cool list Bee. I am in the middle of planning a trip to Iceland, summer next year. I have been searching for an Iceland camping guide and you nailed it with this post. Thanks so much. I will have a look at your post no campervans in Iceland too as I am still trying to figure out what exactly our plans will be for the Iceland itinerary. Als do you know if all of these are Iceland campsites with showers?
Glad you approve 😀 Definitely check out my other posts. If you do get a campervan in Iceland, pretty much all of these are Iceland campervan campsites too as you can opt to do tent camping in Iceland or sleep in your campervan. As far us showers at the campsites, yes all that we passed and listed above have showers.
With articles like this am really inspired to travel but this time, I won’t be enjoying the comfort of a hotel, i think I would be considering having a feel of what camping looks like in Iceland. This post says it all, am drawing up my plans, I hope I don’t have to bother about my security?
If you have been camping before, you know to secure your belongings in the car that are most valuable but also we find that people at camping site operate welcoming community feel to feel that you dont necessarily have to worry about security too much beyond the usual stuff I would have to do if travelling alone as a female and being aware of my surroundings.
Iceland, really a beautiful country, there is no better way to enjoy the amazing landscape and the beautiful sights than camping. However, since the camping rental services is still a growing industry, hope I will be able to find all that I need to enjoy camping?
Another great guide Bee. We are heading to Iceland towards the beginning of summer next year and were looking for where to camp in Iceland and this has given us many options and information about camping in Iceland we hadn’t even thought of. We had no idea there were many campgrounds in Iceland. We were looking to explore the Ring Road without firm plans around where to sleep each time.
Certainly glad to give you some options there Drew. Enjoy your Iceland camping sessions. 😀
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I love this. We are looking to have as budget a trip to Iceland as possible and have been looking into Iceland campsites in order to say money on this trip. Thanks to your posts. We are literally planning our exploring around these Iceland camping groups. We would love to also check out the spots for camping Westfjords of Iceland Thanks again!
Iceland was such an amazing place to visit. All the best with your trip. Enjoy Iceland.
This is such a cool post. I am planning a solo trip to Iceland and have been looking for a detailed post on camping in Iceland as well as safe camping sites in Iceland. This looks like it will come in hand as I have been looking for Reykjavik campsites and campsites in iceland’s South and Westfords. I am hoping to do the Ring Road on my own so its really great to have as much information to as possible to hand about each of the iceland camping sites and the facilities in each one as it makes planning a trip as a solo female traveller that must easier. Thank you.
Hi Lilian. I hear you, as a female traveller the more information you have about where you are going the better as well in terms of relieving the anxiety around tent camping safety for women and Iceland safety in general. I am sure you will have an amazing time in Iceland.
I had no idea there were this many Iceland camping grounds on the Ring road. We are planning an Iceland camping trip in the summer and just trying to figure out all Iceland camping supplies, Iceland campsite and all that jazz with planning this Iceland trip. Thank goodness to this post and many others you have done on Iceland.
So glad you found them useful. All the best with the trip planning.
This is such a great list. We have an Iceland camping trip coming up in April and are working on our Iceland camping checklist. We are trying to figure out if Iceland campsites open in April. First things first we have been in search for an Iceland camping guide similar to this with deals of Iceland campsite prices but have been wondering if the Iceland camping card worth it? Did you get one for your trip?
Hi there, I am afraid I cant say if the Iceland camping card it worth as we actually didn’t have one during our Iceland camping trip. Sorry about that.
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This list is so awesome. Looks like you have got some of best campsites in Iceland it’s making my starting a saving fund for my Icelandic travels, especially with all the amazing dn wonderful campsites in Iceland available with the plentiful amenities. I have started planning my trip with my long time pal. I’m so happy that Asbyrgi allows pets as I would love to have her enjoy this experience with me in a rented RV. She loves camping as much as I do
Yes, Iceland is just amazing. The list of campsites in Iceland above is just a start. There are many more. Many with a stunning vista.
Wow! Who knew there were so many amazing camping spots in Iceland. I love how in-depth you go in all of these articles as sometimes its difficult to find information on Iceland campsites with showers. They’re both intriguing to read and wonderful. Regardless, the Húsafell campsite looks spectacular and I would love to check it out in the near future. Thanks!
Yes there are so many amazing places in Iceland to camp, from campsites in south Iceland to camping east Iceland. Camping in Iceland is amazing. Glad you found the post useful.
Thank you for your post. Just returning from Iceland. We had an amazing experience of camping in Iceland. iceland campgrounds are some of the best I have seen in a long time. I made sure to print your post to make it easily accessible to find just where to camp in Iceland. Thank you to your post we were armed with detailed of the best campsites in Iceland as well as just things to know before camping in each of the locations in term of facilities. Thank you again.
That really warms my heart Tony. I am so glad you had an amazing experience of camping in Iceland.
So many amazing campsites around Iceland. Hey did you use any of the campsites Iceland on ring road? We are look to visit Iceland in May and have been wondering whether Iceland campsites open in may.
Hi Lawerence. Yes the campsites should be open in May, Have a great trip.
Amazing list, do you know of any Iceland campsites open in April? We are planning a trip around the Ring Road and keen to also make the most of Iceland best campsites. Either way thank you for this list of campsites.
Thank you for a great guide! Is is necessary to book campsites in advance? Or can we just show up and pay?Will probably travel in August in a small camper van.
Hi Martina, no you don’t have to book in advance. For most of the ones we visited we didnt book in advance at all. We just turned up. For one of them we actually rolled up at 1am and then paid in the morning when we woke up.