13 Best Campsites In Iceland

Last Updated on March 16, 2024

I drove over 1200 miles staying at the best campsites in Iceland with my tiny Suzuki Jimny packed full of camping gear and a goal.

In the process, I ran through an unhealthy amount of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches looking for remote gems and campgrounds for the ultimate Iceland camping trip. I tucked a ton of amazing campgrounds in my arsenal that I’m excited to share with those of you planning a trip to Iceland.

This is the perfect list of campsites whether you’re exploring the Ring Road, West Fjords, or Icelandic Highlands. All of them are close to popular tourist attractions, hidden gems, and popular regions for exploring.

Pitching your tent or parking your campervan at these Iceland campgrounds immerses you fully in the raw and rugged nature the country is so famous for: fairytale scenery, verdant cliff faces, massive glaciers, and the untouched wilderness we outdoor lovers crave.

Whether you’re a seasoned camper or new to the outdoors, camping in Iceland is an affordable way to explore the country. This roundup of the best Iceland campsites will guarantee you an affordable, but memorable trip. Join me and let’s uncover these well-equipped havens.

NOTE | As of January 1, 2024, Iceland has reimplemented a tourist tax on all accommodation, including cruises. Hotels and guesthouses now charge ISK 600 ($4.36) per room, campsites and mobile homes ISK 300 ($2.18), and cruise ships calling at Icelandic ports ISK 1,000 ($7.26) per passenger.

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A green Vango banshee tent is pitched overlooking a verdant cliff face.

 

1 | Ólafsvík Campsite

Dotted on the northwestern end of the Snaefellness Peninsula, this quaint campsite is near a ton of interesting places to explore: Bugsfoss Waterfall, Snæfellsjökull National Park, the cliffs at Arnarstapi, Saxhóll Crater, Skarðsvík Beach, and plenty of others.

At camp, there are cooking facilities, a dining area, toilets, sinks, hot showers, and a great view. The town next door, Olafsvik, has gas, groceries, and any other essentials if you need to stock up.

If you’re planning on exploring the West Fjords after the Snaefellsness Peninsula, this is a good spot to base yourself since it’s on the northern side of the peninsula.

Ideal for exploring | Snaefellness Peninsula

Location | V8Q6+PV4, 355 Ólafsvík, Iceland (Google Maps)

Price | 1800 ISK / night (per person)

Facilities | Playground, fishing, shower, golf course, electricity, toilets, swimming pool, restaurants, and walking paths.

Open dates | May 10th – September 30th

Website | Ólafsvík Campsite

 


A white woman relaxes in Hellalaugur Hot Spring at Flókalundur Campsite in the West Fjords.

 

2 | Tjaldsvæðið Flókalundi Campsite

Plotted atop a massive fjord, this campsite in Iceland took me by complete surprise when I arrived. 

It doesn’t have much. Showers, toilets, sinks, some picnic tables, and that’s about it. There’s a small indoor common area, but it only offers seating and a hot kettle, and no formal kitchen.

While the campsite lacks the luxuries that other campgrounds offer, the view overlooking fjords jutting out of a stunning bay and nearby hot pool more than makeup for it. A few minutes stroll up the road brings you to Hellalaugur Hot Spring, one of my favorite hot springs in Iceland.

Right up the road there is a hotel, restaurant, and N1 gas station if you need a bit of civilization and wifi.

Ideal for exploring | South of the West Fjords

Location | HRGG+XW5, 451 Flókalundur, Iceland (Google Maps)

Price | 1400 ISK / night (per person)

Facilities | Toilets, hot showers, sinks, and great views.

Open dates| Last week of May – first week of September (weather depending)

 


A multi-tiered waterfall flows over a verdant hillside.

 

3 | Tunguskogur Campsite

Inside the port town of Ísafjörður is this scenic campsite situated beneath a waterfall.

Its grounds are spread out with small, tree-lined nooks to find your bit of solitude very easily. If you’ve been roughing your trip the last few days, this campsite is great for getting all the creature comforts. It’s an ideal campsite in Iceland for families.

There are hot showers, toilets, sinks, wifi, a cooking and dining area, a playground, and an equipped town nearby. If you want a break from making your food, there are great restaurants and coffee shops in town worth checking out. 

Ideal for exploring | West Fjords

Location | Skógarbraut 400 Ísafjörður, Iceland (Google Maps)

Price | 1900 ISK / per night (per person)

Facilities | Toilets, hot showers, dining area, kitchen, playground, BBQ facilities, wifi, and views.

Open dates | May 15 – September 15

 

 

4 | Reykjavik Eco Campsite

The most modern and amenity-filled campsite in Iceland is the Reykjavik Eco. It’s most travelers’ first stop when camping in Iceland since it’s located in the capital city, making it a great place to get your bearings and stock up on supplies.

There are many large areas designated for tents, campervans, and RVs. Which all have access to the kitchen, cookware, hot showers, toilets, wifi, dining area, and picnic tables. 

From the front desk, you can book tours all over Iceland or ask questions if you are curious about your itinerary. This is a very obvious choice for one of the best campsites in Iceland since it’s where all the magic begins! Don’t forget to spend a day in Reykjavik before you get out into the wild.

Ideal for exploring | Reykjavik / starting or ending your trip

Location | Sundlaugavegur 32, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland (Google Maps)

Price | 3303 ISK per night (per person) view full price list

*There is a discount if you pre-book your campsite online.

Facilities | Toilets, hot showers, kitchen, cookware, wifi, and dining area.

Open dates | Year round 

Website | Reykjavík Campsite

 

 

5 | Grindavík Campsite

Grindavík Campsite is a very popular Iceland campground since it’s on the Reykjanes Peninsula, 20 minutes from the Keflavík Airport.

The campsite is state of the art and built with the camping enthusiast in mind, so expect modern amenities and all your favorite creature comforts. It includes the latest in accommodation for tents, campervans, and RVs, two playgrounds, electricity, and anything else you could need.

This is a great place to base yourself at the beginning or end of your trip if you are catching an early flight out of Iceland, so stop by and see what all the chatter about this place is.

Ideal for exploring | Reykjanes Peninsula 

Location | Austurvegur 26, 240 Grindavík, Iceland (Google Maps)

Price | 2000 ISK / per night (per person)

Facilities | Toilets, hot showers, kitchen, cookware, playgrounds, and laundry facilities.

Open dates | March 1 – November 31

Website | Grindavík Campsite

 


Views from the Laugevegur Trail that leaves from Landmannalauger, one of the best campsites in Iceland.

photo by Debanjan Choudhuri from AllTrails

6 | Landmannalauger Campground

Landmannalauger is one of Icelandic Highland’s crown jewels, filled with otherworldly landscapes and “photos don’t do it justice” level hiking trails.

Within the nature area is one of the best campgrounds in Iceland for avid hikers who want to be fully immersed in nature and local culture. Also, the Laugeveguar Trail, one of the most scenic hikes in the world, passes through this area as well. If you’re into backpacking, you won’t want to miss this trail.

As for camp, it’s very remote and without service, so having all the necessary supplies and hiking essentials is crucial when coming out here. The shallow hot pools walking distance from camp give this site extra brownie points, especially after a long day of hiking.

Ideal for exploring | Highlands

*This campsite requires a 4×4, high-clearance vehicle and two river crossings to access safely.

Location | Landmannalaugar, 851, Iceland (Google Maps)

Price | 2500 ISK / night (per person)

Facilities | Toilets, hot showers, dining area, kitchen, hiking trails, huts, and thermal springs.

Open dates | Summer months (weather depending) updates here

 


A silver Suzuki Jimney parked at Pakgil, the best campsite in Iceland shrouded in emerald moss.

 

7 | Þakgil Campsite

If you’re in Vík for the night, don’t bother staying at the campsite in town and make your way to the crown jewel of Iceland campgrounds, Þakgil Campsite.

If you want a unique and special camping experience in Iceland, this one is for you. On the outskirts of Vík, you’ll venture down a rugged road for 30-40 minutes to access this camp. It’s suitable for all cars and I promise the drive is worth it. It boasts one-of-a-kind scenery and serves as a trailhead for many popular hiking trails. 

There are hot showers, toilets, sinks, and cabins (book in advance). While it doesn’t have cooking facilities, it does have an insane dining area inside a cave that they light up with candles at night. How many campsites can you have a candlelit dinner inside a cave? That’s what I thought.

Ideal for exploring | Vik / South Coast

Location | Sunnubraut 7, 871 Vík, Iceland (Google Maps)

Price | 2300 ISK / night (per person)

Facilities| Toilets, hot showers, cabins, dining area inside a cave, hiking trails, and an unmatched atmosphere.

Open dates | Summer months until September 15 (weather depending)

Website | Þakgil Campsite

 


A green Vango tent pitched at a campground near a remote Icelandic farm.

 

8 | Svínafell Campground

Svínafell Campground is the quieter sister campsite to the one in Skaftafell. They are both within the same area if you’re exploring Vatnajökull National Park or the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, so basing yourself on either one is based on your preference.

Skaftafell was very busy when I pulled up, which is why I ended up at Svínafell. It’s a smaller campsite within a farming village, so it’s much quieter and more private than the former. There’s a larger dining area that almost looks like a type of dining hall for events with cookware, stoves, electricity, a fridge, bathrooms, and hot showers. 

The campsite is in a great location since it’s halfway between Höfn and Vík, and 10 minutes away from Vatnajokull National Park.  

Ideal for exploring | Vatnajokull National Park and the South Coast

Location | Svinafell I, 785 Hof, Iceland (Google Maps)

Price | 2300 ISK / night (per person)

Facilities | Toilets, hot showers, kitchen, refrigerator, dining area, hiking trails, and cabins.

Open dates | May 1 – September 30

Website | Svínafell Campground

 


 

9 | Ásbyrgi Campsite

After driving past the East Fjords and through the most desolate part of Iceland, there is no better place for a detour/pit stop in Husavík and then Asbyrgi for a gorgeous night stay deep in a canyon.

Many people pass right through this part of Iceland without giving it a second thought, but while you’re staying here you don’t want to miss Asbyrgi Canyon, Dettifoss, Lake Myvatyn, and the hiking trails that will lead you through a stunning forest scenery. There are hikes for all levels, even families, and they are marked specifically on the map.

The campsite has grills, toilets, hot showers, washing machines, a kitchen, a dining area, and a vibe that makes you feel like you’re living among the elves. This campground is loved by the local people and many come here to celebrate festivals. This spot is often overlooked since most people head straight to Akureyri, so relish in nature here first and then head to Iceland’s second city.

Ideal for exploring | Northeast Iceland / Ring Road

Location | Ásbyrgi, 671 Kópasker, Iceland (Google Maps)

Price | 2500 ISK / per night (per person) view full price list

Facilities | Toilets, hot showers, sinks, hiking trails, and laundry facilities.

Open dates | May 20 – end of October

*Opening and close dates are subject to snowfall in winter and snow melt in spring.

Website | Ásbyrgi Campsite

 


 

10 | Hofsós Campground

If you’re not much of a forest dweller but love a good coastal view, Hofsós is going to be your golden nugget, and this place has an infinity pool. After visiting Asbyrgi and passing through Akureyri, this is a great place to rest before following the rest of your North Iceland itinerary.

The campground is a bit of a detour off-road 1, but you don’t want to miss the sights in this area. There are basic amenities although I am unsure whether it has cooking facilities or cookware, so be mindful of that. 

This is a great campground before heading to the Snaefellness Peninsula, West Fjords, or to another campsite on the north coast of Iceland and with that infinity pool view, you can’t pass up this place.

Ideal for exploring | Northern Iceland

Location | Skólagata, 565 Hofsós, Iceland (Google Maps)

Price | 1500 / night (per person)

*price from 2020. rates for 2024 are not published.

Facilities | Toilets, hot showers, electricity, hiking trails, sailing, and geothermal pool access.

Open dates |  May 1 – October 1

Website | Hofsós Campground

 


An aerial view of tents, campers, and campervans lining a parking lot surrounded by nature.

photo by Camp Egilsstaðir

11 | Egilsstaðir Campground

If you’re traveling Iceland’s ring road counterclockwise, then you are going to want to make a stop in Eglisstaðir before you head to the North.

Ironically enough, this little town is home to “possibly the happiest campsite in Iceland”, according to the campsite’s website. The village is in an optimal spot for exploring the east fjords and nearby waterfalls, so plan on doing a bit of exploring while you’re there while you stock up on food, fuel, and laundry.

If you’re here during the summer months, there is a perfect spot to see puffins that are just slightly out of the way, but doable. Put ‘Borgarfjörður Eystri’ into your Google Maps and it’ll take you to some cliffs where hundreds of puffins are nesting, but make you go early in the morning or late in the evening since they’ll be out at sea during the day.

Many people don’t think there is much to this area so they pass right through but do a little bit of digging and you’ll find some hidden treasures. The campsite has all the amenities as all the other campsites listed, except it also comes with wifi, which is really nice if you need to update your family or catch up on some work.

Ideal for exploring | East Iceland

Location | Kaupvangur 17, 700 Egilsstaðir (Google Maps)

Price | 2500 ISK / per night (per person); shower included

*Pre-booking is required for high season.

Facilities | Toilets, hot showers, laundry, bike rentals, cooking area, dining area, and wifi.

Open dates | Year round

Website | Camp Egilsstaðir

 

Svartifoss Waterfall pouring over grey basalt columns in Vatnajokull National Park. This national park boasts one of the best campsites in Iceland.

 

12 | Skaftafell Campsite

Another great campsite that is close to Vatnajökull National Park is the Skaftafell Campsite.

The grounds are large so it’s easy to find your little corner separated by trees and it has great amenities and an optimal location if you’re in for a bit of hiking. This campsite is quite popular during the summer months so expect it to be more bustling than its sister campsite Svínafell, but you can really choose either since they are quite close together.

The hiking trails leave from the campsite and they have trails for both families and experienced hikers. They are also incredibly well-marked and one of the hikes leads to this beautiful waterfall pictured above. 

I was only able to make this hike and another to the glacier, but make sure you check out the other hiking trails for even greater views around the national park. It’s huge.

Ideal for exploring | Vatnajokull National Park and the South Coast

Location | 785 Skaftafell, Iceland (Google Maps)

Price | 2500 ISK / night (per person) view full price list

Facilities | Toilets, hot showers, dining area, kitchen, sinks, wifi, and hiking trails.

Open dates | Year round

Website | Skaftafell Campsite

 


A flat patch of grass surrounded by dense green pines trees at Holar Campground, one of the best campsites in Iceland.

photo by Holar Campsite

13 | Hólar Campground

Right down the road from the Hofsós Campsite is the Hólar Campground which is the crème de la crème on this list and you’ll be glad that you’ve stuck around for the bonus campsite.

Hólar is one of Iceland’s most historic sites. The village has a church dating back to the 11th century and the present church dates back to the mid-1700s. The church was built from red stones quarried from the mountain Hólabyrða and is the oldest stone church in Iceland.

In the last couple of years, areas around Hólar have been a point of interest for archaeologists as over 40,000 items have been found in the area and you can view them in the schoolhouse. If you have the time, book a tour out to Drangey Island for unique hiking, sailing and wildlife adventure.

If that wasn’t enough to make you stay, the campsite is right in the middle of a forest-like landscape so you’ll have that true, wilderness feel during your stay here. The facilities aren’t as grand as other sites but you are camping, after all. A little bit of dirt doesn’t hurt.

Ideal for exploring | North Iceland

Location | Tjaldstæðavegur, 551 Hólar, Iceland (Google Maps)

Price | 1500 ISK / night (per person)

Facilities | Toilets, cold and hot water, hiking trails, and stunning atmosphere.

Open dates | Summer months (weather depending)

Website | Hólar Campsite

 


 

Best Campsites In Iceland Map

Use this map to help you navigate the best campgrounds in Iceland! For best use, download this map to your smartphone so you can use it offline (instructions here).


 

Quick List of the best campsites in Iceland

Ólafsvík Campsite

Tjaldsvæðið Flókalundi Campsite

Tunguskogur Campsite

Reykjavik Eco Campsite

Grindavík Campsite

Landmannalauger Campground

Þakgil Campsite

Svínafell Campground

Ásbyrgi Campsite

Hofsós Campground

Egilsstaðir Campground

Skaftafell Campsite

Hólar Campground

 


 

FAQs About Campsites In Iceland

These are some of the most common questions people ask about campsites in Iceland.

 

Can you camp anywhere in Iceland?

No, wild camping is prohibited in Iceland.

After regulations were passed in 2015, camping in tents, campervans, RV’s, or anything of the sort outside of designated campgrounds is illegal. Staying outside of designated sites is technically possible, but only with written permission from the landowner.

With hundreds of beautiful campgrounds all over Iceland, there isn’t a need to break the law. Only camp in designated areas. Read more about access rights here.

 

Do campsites fill up in Iceland?

Campsites usually fill up around dinnertime, at six or seven pm during summer. You can either pre-book or show up a little earlier to ensure a spot.

 

How much do campsites cost in Iceland?

Camping is one of the cheapest ways to travel around Iceland.

The price depends on the campsite, but they typically range from $10-30 per person, per night.

 

Do campsites in Iceland have modern facilities?

While there are over 150 registered campsites around the Ring Road, not all of them have modern facilities. Some campsites are just small areas with picnic tables, but the ones I’ve listed in this guide all have basic amenities.

 

Do you need to reserve campsites in Iceland?

Most of the time, campgrounds in Iceland run on a first-come-first-serve basis so reserving in advance is optional.

During peak season, one of the best times to visit Iceland, it’s worth reserving in advance if you have a specific site in mind or want to ensure you have a place when you arrive. If you exploring popular tourist areas or travel routes, it’s best to reserve in advance.

 

Is the camping card worth it in Iceland?

The Camping Card can be beneficial for camping in Iceland. It’s a pre-paid card that gives you access to a set list of campsites around Iceland. You can purchase it online before your trip or pick it up here when you arrive.

Cost | 24,900 ISK (~ USD 182)

What it covers | Two adults (16 years and older), four children (under 16 years of age), and one tent/caravan.

When can it be used? | From the date of purchase until September 15

Campsites included | 30 across all regions 

Valid for | 28 overnight stays (read the terms and conditions)

Is it worth it? | Depending on your situation or travel style, this could save you a ton of money while exploring Iceland, but it isn’t for everyone. When I went camping for two weeks in Iceland, I spent about $250 on campsites out of my entire Iceland travel budget. I paid as I went, but none of the campsites I stayed at could have been redeemed with the Camping Card. 

If you’re a solo traveler on a budget or traveling as a couple or family, it’s worth crunching numbers to see if the card is worth it for you. Campsites in Iceland are priced per person, per night, so that’s something to factor in. The downside to using this card is that you’re limited to the campsites you can stay at, but saving the money might be more of a priority for you. 

 


 

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  • Hi,
    2 very nice adresses we discoverd:
    a brand new camping near Vermahlid, next to 2 other campings so be aware to enter the right one !
    in the North, next to a small river, small camping with huge hottub/small pool:
    Lambeyri
    5,0
    10 Google-reviews
    Camping in IJsland
    Adres: Steinstaðaskóli

    and near Fludir, little further then the huge camping, a small camping next to a cute waterfall with special fish-bridge so fish can swim up to upper part
    Camping Faxi
    4,3
    28 Google-reviews
    Camping in IJsland
    Adres: Biskupstungnabraut

  • Thanks so much for your post – such helpful information here! My partner and I are renting a camper van for 6 nights in July and definitely looking forward to touring this beautiful country! One question I have: are any of the campsites you included only accessible with a 4×4? Our camper van isn’t rated for F-roads so we are trying to steer clear of places that will get us onto roads that are too rugged.

    • All of them you can get to with a regular car (: The only one that you’ll be more hesitant on is the road to Pagkil, but that one is just more rugged! Take that one slow, but the rest are just fine! I made it to Pagkil in my Suzuki Jimny with no issues.

  • I hope covid-19 allows me to go to Iceland in september next year. If so I will go by myself so it was so good for me to read about travel alone on your site. Many useful tip!
    A question, when you drove alone around the ringroad in 8 days, was it tough? I´m really use to drive by my self on shorter road-trips but on this trip i´ll be drive by myself in 12 days. I don´t mean tough psychological but physical. If you are two drivers then you can rest a bit when the other drives. How was your experience about that?

    Oh one more question. Isn´t there power stations on all campsite? That worries me a lot. But hey it wont stop me but it is good to know so I can plan for that.

    • Hi Robie!

      September is the perfect time to visit Iceland! Just be sure to double-check the campsite closures for the sites you’re staying at since some tend to close that early in the season (: As for driving, I didn’t do the full ring road, but I covered the same distance by visiting the West Fjords in the north (HIGHLY recommend!). The driving did get a little tiring, but I planned 2 days in my itinerary for a “rest day” where I slept in or didn’t do a whole lot of driving. I didn’t stress so much about completing the ring road, but focused more on my own individual experience. The rest days helped so much and I ended up enjoying my trip a lot more because I wasn’t so exhausted! See about configuring those into your plan! As for power, there aren’t power stations where you pitch your tent, but they normally have them in the bathrooms, main buildings, and/or cooking areas! I never had an issue with charging my things! One item that saved my life was a power inverter! I’ll never go on another rod trip without one!

  • Aww Iceland is such a dream! I already visited once but unfortunately we didn’t have the best weather so I need to go back again. And next time I would like to try the RV life and camping so saved your post for later 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

    • What time of year did you visit! I heard about the huge storm this year and everyone had a power outage for around 24 hours?! It was nuts! I’d love to try out a campervan myself! It’s a great way to stay warm!

  • What a fantastic article! I had no idea Iceland was home to so many amazing campsites. Will have to check these places out when I finally make it to Iceland!

  • Iceland is a dream destination of mine! This looks like the best way to experience the country and is certainly my kind of adventure! Thanks for sharing.

    • So many people recommended opening up your itinerary and camping makes Iceland “your oyster” so to speak! It allows you to stay longer in certain areas if you enjoy them a little more! And it’s cheap!! (: That’s the best part I’d say!!

  • Lovely idea to do camping, to be honest i never thought about it but its such a great idea and affordable too! Plus i bet you see so much more than the regular visitors. And its great letting everyone know that wild camping is forbidden, got to respect their law 🥰

  • Great post Aaren !

    As a local and a fellow travel blogger, I especially appreciate you mentioning the law on wild camping as there’s a lot of misinformation about this all over the place. I’m also happy to see you liked Hólar, my grandparents lived on a farm in Hjaltadalur when I was a kid (the next one to Hólar) so I spent a lot of time in that area 🙂

    • Thank you so much!!

      I knew that wild camping was something that I really needed to touch base on because I feel like the new law never reached all the people it should have ): I loved the vibes in Holar! It was very cute and breaks the weird saying that there aren’t any trees in Iceland! LOL