The Complete Guide to Campsites in Iceland
While renting a campervan allows you to be mobile and see the country at your own pace, campsites provide you a safe, comfortable space to bunk down at night at an affordable price. We’ve compiled maps, frequently asked questions, and everything you need to know about campsites in this handy guide. Have questions? Feel free to contact our experienced team for more information.
All Year Campsites - (15/9-15/5)
There are many campsites in Iceland that are open during the summer months when we get the most sunlight but shut down for the darker, colder months. However, more and more people are discovering winter camping in Iceland and as a result, more campsites are opening year-round as well. The campsites on the map below are those that are open year-round. If you click on the icon on the map, you can see the address and contact information for each campsite. You can also click on ‘View in Google Maps’ to get directions to each of them and read their reviews.
The Best Campsites of Iceland
These Campsites are open during summertime
This map shows all campsites in Iceland with special icon colors annotating several different kinds of campsites. The orange icon shows the favorite campsites of Go Campers’ team members, the green icon shows campsites that accept the Camping Card, and the yellow icon shows free campsites.
Camping in Iceland FAQs
What services/facilities are available at campsites?
While each campsite varies, you can expect to find many that will offer showers, toilets, and electricity. Amenities like running water and toilets can be used for free but campsites will charge an additional fee to use showers and electricity. You should check the campsite’s website to see what amenities they offer so you know what you’ll pay for before you arrive.
Do you need to book campsites in Iceland in advance?
No, you do not need to reserve a camping spot in advance to access campsites in Iceland. If you are visiting during the busy season, however, we would recommend calling ahead or checking availability ahead of time to make sure there are spots available.
Can you camp anywhere in Iceland?
This can be a bit confusing, as ‘wild camping’ (camping outside of campsites) is allowed in Iceland. However, much of the land here is privately owned, so it is better to ask for permission rather than setting up camp anywhere. There are also many regulations that have been introduced recently due to Iceland’s tourism boom. Check the Environment Agency of Iceland’s page on camping and campervan guidelines here.
In general, we strongly recommend staying at a campsite while in Iceland, as wild camping can harm the delicate flora and fauna found here.
What do I need to bring to camp?
We highly recommend bringing a warm sleeping bag with you when camping in Iceland. If you are unable to bring your own, we offer sleeping bags from €20.
If you plan on cooking your own meals, we’d recommend picking up non-perishable food at the start of your trip and anything else as you go. We provide dinnerware, a pot and pan, and a water container with all our campers so you can comfortably make your meals in your camper. Check out all of the extras we offer to make your experience more comfortable.
How much does it cost to camp in Iceland?
Camping is by far the cheapest form of accommodation in Iceland. Campsite prices range anywhere from 1375 ISK to 2750 ISK or about €10 to €20 per person. Certain amenities may require an additional fee, but this varies from campsite to campsite.
Our Favorite Campsites
We have included some of our staff’s favorite campsites around Iceland on our map but also wanted to give you a bit of background on why they are so well-loved. Read more below to find out why these are the best places to camp in Iceland:
“Þakgil Campsite is definitely one of the coolest campsites in the country. Everything about the place is unique, starting with the views on offer from the rough dirt road that takes you there. Once you’ve arrived, there are loads of great hiking trails in the surrounding area, taking in some of south Iceland’s most gorgeous and colorful scenery. The campsite common area is even inside a cave – very cool. Worth the effort it takes to get here”.
“I discovered the campsite at Svínafell the last time I was going hiking in Skaftafell, and instantly fell in love. Everything about it is just a little bit better than the Skaftafell campsite, which already is very good. There’s a large building with a kitchen, plenty of table space to eat your food, and lots of other campers and hikers to talk with. Most importantly, the showers are included in the camping fee. Plus, the views of the glacier in the distance are phenomenal”.
“When I first arrived at Heiðarbær campsite, I couldn’t believe my luck. There’s a restaurant inside the huge house where you can order food and beers, a small lounge area, and even a swimming pool on site. The campsite is a huge paddock protected from the wind by some trees, and it’s always filled with Icelandic families on vacation. It’s a great spot to stay before going whale watching in Húsavík or if you’re trying to avoid the midges that swarm through the campsites around Mývatn”.
“As part of the network of campsites run by the National Park, this campsite is a little bit expensive, and you do have to charge for showers. However, this is one of the only spots where I don’t care; there’s no other campsite like it in the country. Camping right at the base of the canyon walls is something that’s truly special, and you can easily go for walks along the cliffs as the sun sets after the day visitors have left”.
“For those that make it all the way out to the Westfjords, camping at Ísafjörður is a treat. Set at the base of the mountains, the surrounding nature is spectacular. You can walk up behind the campsite to a waterfall, and there are pretty views over the entire fjord. I was there in 2019 and they’ve just completed a new house with brand new kitchen facilities, bathrooms, and a few showers. A perfect spot, and a short drive away from the restaurants in Ísafjörður”.