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Frequently asked questions
When is the best time to camp in Iceland?
The ideal camping season runs from late May to early September when the weather is warmer and daylight hours are extended.
Are there designated campsites in Iceland?
Yes, Iceland has numerous well-equipped campsites, providing facilities such as showers, restrooms, and cooking areas. Campsites can be located in the idyllic countryside or within cities and towns around the country. Wild camping is strictly illegal in Iceland.
What should I pack for camping in Iceland?
Pack waterproof clothing, warm layers, sturdy shoes, camping gear (such as a tent, sleeping bag, etc.), a portable stove, and a first aid kit. Of course, don't forget a camera to capture the beautiful Icelandic scenery!
Can I rent camping equipment in Iceland?
Yes, we have a wide selection of camping equipment rentals available, including tents, sleeping bags, cooking gear, and more.
Can I camp in a camper van or RV in Iceland?
Yes, renting a campervan in Iceland is a great way to explore the country and many campsites accommodate campervans and RVs, offering useful facilities such as electricity, water, and waste disposal. Keep in mind that you must camp your rental campervan at designated campsites before you sleep overnight.
Is it safe to camp in Iceland?
Camping in Iceland is generally safe. However, always be prepared for unpredictable weather and follow safety guidelines regarding wildlife and natural hazards.
Do I need a permit for camping in Iceland?
No permit is required for camping at the many designated campsites around the country. However, camping outside of designated campsites is illegal in Iceland.
How much does it cost to camp in Iceland?
Campsite fees vary but typically range from 1,500 to 2,500 ISK ($10 to $20) per person, per night. Some sites charge extra for amenities like showers or electricity.
Are campfires allowed at Icelandic campsites?
Campfires are prohibited at most campsites, but a few campsites may provide designated fire pits. Make sure to always follow local rules and use portable stoves for cooking.
Are there any camping restrictions in Iceland's national parks?
Camping is allowed in designated areas within national parks, such as Thingvellir National Park or Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Wild camping, however, is strictly prohibited, and you must follow park regulations to protect the environment of Iceland.
What wildlife should I be aware of while camping in Iceland?
Although Iceland has mostly harmless wildlife, be cautious around the nesting grounds of migratory birds in Iceland, which are capable of defending their nests quite viciously, especially the Arctic tern.
Can I drink water from streams while camping in Iceland?
Most Icelandic water sources are safe to drink. However, ensure the water is clear, fast-flowing, and away from potential contaminants (e.g., livestock or agricultural areas). Make sure not to drink from glacial rivers (consisting of meltwater from glaciers), which are usually muddy and have a brownish color.
What is the "leave no trace" principle for camping in Iceland?
"Leave no trace" means minimizing your impact on the environment. Carry out all trash, don't leave anything behind, avoid disturbing wildlife, and use designated campsites and trails when possible.
How do I prepare for Iceland's daylight variations while camping?
Iceland experiences long daylight in summer, with 24/7 daylight in June and July. If you generally have problems sleeping in bright conditions, it's a good idea to bring eye masks for sleeping during summer.