7 of the Best Campsites in Iceland
Camping in Iceland is a great way to experience all this beautiful Nordic island has to offer. From glaciers to volcanoes to lava fields to waterfalls, exploring Iceland by campervan is the ideal vacation. Because it’s such a popular activity among tourists and locals alike, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to well-equipped campgrounds. Let’s take a look at some of the best campsites in Iceland for your trip around the Ring Road.
This campground is not only considered one of the best Iceland campgrounds but possibly the best. Its proximity to the capital (10 minutes by car) makes it an ideal first stop for Keflavik International Airport’s newest arrivals. It’s a five-star campsite that can accommodate up to 900 travelers. And for those looking to go camping in Iceland in winter, Reykjavik campsite is open all year long.
With hot water, a swimming pool, BBQ facilities, restaurants, internet access, laundry facilities, a supermarket, and more, you can see why it’s one of Iceland’s top campsites. As with most campground in Iceland, there is no process for Reykjavik campsite booking. You just show up and find a spot for your tent, campervan, or motorhome.
This is one of my favorite campgrounds in Iceland not necessarily because it has the best amenities or is the most comfortable place to stay. In fact, there isn’t really much here except for a few bathrooms and showers with cold water. Nevertheless, despite the minimal facilities, Skógar campsite is a popular destination for campers.
Why? This campground is located directly in front of the majestic Skógafoss waterfall. And what’s better than waking up to the sound of a rushing cascade accompanied by the smell of dewy grass or freshly fallen snow?
As part of Vatnajökull National Park, Skaftafell is considered one of the most beautiful campgrounds in Iceland. Its wide open spaces and impressive views are exactly what you need to get back to nature. Not only that, but its ideal location makes it the perfect base for exploring nearby attractions like Vatnajökull glacier, Svartifoss waterfall, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and the Diamond Beach. The cost of camping in Iceland is low, and this is a cheaper alternative to staying at hotels and guesthouses in Vik.
Bjarg Campsite Near Lake Mývatn
Now that we’ve covered some of the best campsites in South Iceland, let’s take a journey north. Lake Mývatn along the Diamond Circle route is one of the treasures of North Iceland. When traveling this multi-day circuit, it’s nice to return to the Bjarg campsite at the end of the day. The scenery and your surroundings are absolutely stunning. Plus, the cost of hot showers is included in the price. Please note that they do not have Wifi.
East Iceland is a bit more remote than other parts of the country, but Egilsstaðir is its biggest town. This campsite features all the standard conveniences campers could hope for, including toilets, cooking facilities, and washing machines. It’s quite close to picturesque little villages like Seyðisfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður. If you’re thinking of visiting the Highlands in the summer, you can also take a day trip from Egilstaðir campsite.
Another charming little fishing village Siglufjörður in North Iceland has not one but two campgrounds near the harbor. This is yet another option which offers gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains. If you happen to be camping in Iceland in the summer, be sure to stop by the festival that takes place in late July. It honors the days when Siglufjörður provided much of Iceland’s herring supply.
The northwest of Iceland has plenty of bird cliffs filled with Atlantic puffins and breathtaking fjords. Close to the town of Breiðavík, this site has showers, kitchen and laundry facilities, and a spot to host a BBQ. You’re also less than an hour away from Rauðasandur, a sandy reddish-gold beach. It’s another great daytime activity in this area aside from bird watching.
7 of the Best Campsites in Iceland
The sky-high cost of accommodation can drive some to sleeping in the car in Iceland. Not only is this dangerous, it's unnecessary! If you’re curious about how much it costs to camp in Iceland, the answer is between $7-$20 per person per night. And with this list of some of the best campsites in Iceland, you should be able to start planning a pretty great road trip.
And here’s a little travel tip: check out the Iceland Campingcard when planning where to stay. It gives you discounts at various camping sites in Iceland. Camping in Iceland is a lot of fun so why not save a few bucks with a discount card?
And if you're looking to rent camping equipment, Reykjavik has plenty of camping gear rental stores for you to pick up tents, camping stoves, sleeping bags, and whatever else you need.