COVID-19 is out! Get in a Campervan and Discover Iceland!

Travel to Iceland post pandemic

blog authorBy Johanna Sigurðardóttir shield verificationVerified Expert

As of midnight on the 25th of February 2022 all Covid-19 restrictions in Iceland were lifted, both domestically and at the border. This includes the removal of the obligation to isolate if diagnosed with Covid-19. Travelers arriving into Iceland do not need to display any proof of vaccination at the border. The obligation to wear masks in public has also been removed.

However, it is important to note that the pandemic is far from over and travelers to Iceland are advised to exercise caution. You should get yourself tested if you display any symptoms of Covid-19. Use hand sanitizer frequently, particularly when entering and exiting shops. Finally, consider wearing a mask if you find yourself in a crowded environment.

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Why is Iceland the best post-pandemic destination?

So maybe it´s wishful thinking to say that covid19 is out for good. However, the fact remains that cases are falling and Iceland is welcoming back visitors like never before. If you’ve spent the past few months pondering the destination of your first post covid getaway then ponder no more. Iceland is THE place to come to, and exploring Iceland by campervan is the best way to experience everything this magical island has to offer.

There's plenty to see and do in Iceland!

Make no mistake – Iceland does have a LOT to offer. In terms of landscape, there is simply nowhere else quite like it on Earth. Smoldering volcanoes, magnificent glaciers and waterfalls all compete to take your breath away. The skies above Iceland are equally part of the attraction. Come in the winter to hunt the Northern Lights or come in the summer and bathe under the rays of the midnight sun.

There is a seemingly endless list of must-see places. However long you think you need to discover Iceland, we can assure you it won’t be enough, but hey, you can always come back for a return visit!

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Travel in Iceland can be flexible

Iceland is probably a lot bigger than you might think (fun fact – it’s the second-largest island in Europe). With so much to see you’re going to have to carefully plan your journey before you get here. Having a campervan gives you the flexibility of adjusting your travel itinerary. This helps to accommodate Iceland’s notoriously unpredictable weather.

Need to make a last-minute change of plan to avoid the heavy rain that has been forecast? No problem. You want to enjoy another day hiking in the area to take advantage of the warm sunny weather the next day? Go for it – no one is stopping you. Restrict yourself to hotels and guesthouses and you just won’t have that luxury of making such ad-hoc adjustments to your plans.

You can visit Iceland on a budget

Now, you might have heard that Iceland is an expensive place. Whilst that is true, it is certainly not as pricey as you might think. If you are on a budget, then there is no reason why you can’t go on a campervan holiday in Iceland. With a bit of careful planning this can be the adventure of a lifetime that won’t break the bank.

Firstly, there are plenty of smaller campervans available for hire. You might not be swinging any cats inside of them but you’ll be warm and dry and you’ll sleep soundly. Stocking up on supplies at the numerous budget supermarkets will also go a long way to keeping costs down. Oh, and just about all of the famous sites are free to enter.

Camping all year round in Iceland in possible!

Another thing that you might have heard is that Iceland is a cold place. I mean, the clue is in the name of the country, right? Well, it’s certainly true to say that no one comes to Iceland for the weather.

But the summer months can see pleasantly warm temperatures, with the mercury often pushing above and beyond 20C (68 F). We can’t guarantee that you’ll need them every day, but it’s not a bad idea to pack your shorts and sunscreen!

camping in Iceland

Whatever time of year you choose to come, you’ll find no shortage of well-equipped campsites to park your campervan for the night. Icelanders love camping and there are simply loads of sites that welcome campervans dotted all over the country. Here's a list of the top 15 free and cheap campsites in Iceland, just for you!

Hot showers, electricity supply for your van and barbecue cooking facilities are all readily available. Many of these are open all year round! So, if you do decide to brave an Icelandic winter in a campervan, and many people do, then you’ll always have somewhere to stay.

It is a great destination for families as well!

The thought of spending a couple of weeks in a campervan traveling around Iceland will fill the younger members of your family with excitement. In case it doesn’t then be assured that there are loads of kid-friendly activities that will keep them occupied.

Horse riding, rafting and whale watching are just some of the amazing things kids can try in Iceland. The more adventurous might like to try quad biking in the highlands or even snowmobiling on a glacier.

Is your kid's idea of activity being glued to their phones and tablets? Then they’ll be relieved to hear that there is excellent mobile internet coverage throughout Iceland. Streaming your favorite shows and movies for evening entertainment in your camper van will be hassle-free. You just might need to invest in a few RV gadgets to be able to get connected and have multiple devices online.

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Dare to discover the unknown!

Some of Iceland’s most beautiful places are only accessible with a 4WD vehicle (Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk are two such examples). Don’t think for one second that renting a camper-van will prevent you from going off the beaten track a little. There are a number of 4WD drive campervans that are permitted to travel on Iceland’s mountain roads. This gives you the freedom to really get into the heart of Iceland.

Time to Travel to Iceland!

Liking the idea of a camper-van holiday in Iceland? We can help you find the right vehicle and advise you on your travel plans. Iceland and campervans are kind of our areas of expertise. Head over to our website to see how we can help you further.

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