There are many excellent camping sites in Iceland to choose from, depending on where you are going, and what you are looking for. Some are very basic in terms of services, others have all the mod cons. Camping and car rental can go perfectly together, especially when, as with service like that of Camping Cars, you can get the car with a tent included. There are 85 registered camp sites in Iceland. Here are just five examples of sites in good locations which highlight the stunning and varied scenery Iceland has on offer:
This camp site is one of the largest in Iceland, and may be busy, with space for 400 tents, but makes the list because of its spectacular location in the Vatnajokull National Park, looking up at picturesque snow-covered peaks. Camping grounds are usually open from early June until late August/early September, depending on location and the weather, but here one can camp all year round, as long as you don’t mind the fact that outside the summer months, full service is not available.
Bjarg Camp Site:
A scenic camp ground right on the banks of Lake Myvatn. It is near the Myvatn nature baths where one can luxuriate in the warm, mineral rich waters. This site is well-placed to explore the North of Iceland. Other nearby attractions include strange lava formations at Dimmuborgir, boiling, bubbling clay at Hverir, Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall and the many other attractions of Jökulsárgljúfur National Park.
A camp site in the close to beauty but far from shops – a beautiful spot, but make sure you stock up on provisions before you get here. The camp site is fairly big, and well-situated for trips to Snaefelljokull, Jules Verne’s favorite glacier, surrounding lava fields and beaches.
This forest camp site has plenty of amenities, and sits pleasantly in the middle of the Husafell resort. Husafell has catered to tourists for a long time, and it still heavily visited, but it is easy to escape the crowds by walking a short distance into the beautiful woodland.
Neskaupstaður Camping Ground
To see the beautiful fjord-lands of east Iceland, one option is to stay at this camp site, with lovely views out over Nordfjordur. This spot is well-situated, just above the little town, which has a range of amenities. From here, you can explore the rugged, crinkly coastline by foot, or sail out into the fjords and get a different perspective.
These camp sites, situated all over the country, are representative of the many excellent camp grounds on offer. Each has a different character, determined largely by the differing scenery in which they are located. Whether you choose to stay in one of these five, or make a selection from the many more Iceland has to offer, you are sure to find a happy place to stay, for relatively little money. Touring the ring road (with minor detours) is made much easier by the presence of all the camping sites and their attendant facilities. You can also get closer to Iceland’s main attraction – the landscape itself.