The Ultimate Guide to Glamping in Iceland

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Have you heard about a yurtel before?It is no surprise that glamping is an evergrowing trend in Iceland, giving visitors a chance to experience the wilderness in style. But what are the best glamping options in Iceland? 

Image from Nattura Yurtel

Glamping, short for glamorous camping, is a modern form of camping that combines the experience of being close to nature with the luxury and comfort of a hotel. Unlike traditional camping, where you have to pitch a tent and sleep on the ground, glamping offers a more upscale and convenient way to enjoy the outdoors. As these are getting more popular by the day, booking your glamping experience in Iceland ahead of time is recommended.

As the trend has spread worldwide, Iceland has emerged as a great glamping destination, offering both stunning landscapes and comfortable accommodations. Renting a car to take on the Ring Road and go camping can be a great way to witness Iceland's wilderness. There is a certain bit of hassle involved when it comes to camping, however, as you need to carefully plan ahead and bring along equipment and supplies. While glamping, it's a convenient way to go on tours where you meet on location, wherever you are in the country.

Thankfully, glamping brings you the best aspects of camping along with some of the comfortable amenities you might expect from some of the best hotels in Iceland. Glamping allows you to experience the rugged landscapes of Iceland in adventurous accommodations that don't skimp on comfort. Let's get into the nitty gritty about everything you need to know about glamping in Iceland.

Why Go Glamping In Iceland?

If you're not entirely convinced about the idea of glamping in Iceland, let us give you the rundown on why you should seriously consider it:

Unforgettable Scenery

After a day of hiking through Thorsmork a comfortable glamping experience is quite welcome.Iceland boasts some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, from majestic waterfalls to dramatic volcanoes. By choosing to go glamping, you can wake up to panoramic views right outside your tent. Imagine sipping your morning coffee while gazing at the northern lights or enjoying a sunset over a picturesque fjord – these are experiences that will stay with you forever.

Unique Accommodation

The Golden Circle Domes are quite a unique accommodation.

Image from Golden Circle Domes.

Glamping in Iceland offers a range of unique accommodations that blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings. Staying in a futuristic dome or a traditional Mongolian yurt offers an adventurous option for accommodation that will make your experience even more special. It doesn't hurt that these are equipped with comfortable amenities such as beds, heating, and even private bathrooms, ensuring a comfortable stay amidst nature.

Remote Locations

Could you imagine sleeping amidst the icebergs, floating atop a glacier lagoon?Glamping sites in Iceland are often located in remote and secluded areas, far away from the crowds. This provides the opportunity to explore hidden gems and untouched landscapes that are off the beaten path. Whether it's hiking to a hidden waterfall or discovering a hidden hot spring, glamping allows you to connect with nature in a way that traditional accommodations cannot.

Comfort and Ease

Glamping tent in Thorsmork by Volcano Huts.

Glamping in Iceland provides a safe and convenient way to experience the country's natural wonders, especially for those who may not be accustomed to traditional camping. This makes it an ideal choice for families, couples, and solo travelers alike.

In conclusion, glamping in Iceland offers a unique and unforgettable way to experience the country's natural wonders. With stunning landscapes, unique accommodations, access to remote locations, and adventures to be had, it's no wonder that glamping has become increasingly popular among travelers. So why settle for ordinary when you can embark on an extraordinary glamping adventure in Iceland?

Things You Need to Go Glamping in Iceland

What you need to pack depends on the accommodation.

One of the main attraction points for glamping in Iceland is that the hassle of camping is done for you. Still, despite your comfortable accommodation, you might be staying in the Icelandic wilderness, which you need to prepare for.

Below are some of the things you might need to bring with you when going glamping in Iceland. The needs will vary depending on where you're staying, so consult your accommodation provider if you are in doubt. 

Layered Clothing and Sturdy Footwear: Due to the unpredictable weather, bring thermal layers, waterproof jackets, and comfortable attire. Waterproof boots or hiking shoes are a must if you want to explore your surroundings in the countryside.

Food and Snacks: Check if meals are offered or if there are cooking facilities to prepare your own food. Although many glamping sites offer food, bring some snacks for excursions or hikes.

Bedding and Other Amenities: Confirm what is included (like bedding, towels, cooking equipment) so you can pack accordingly.

Swimwear: In case your site is near a hot spring or provides hot tubs.

Best Places to Go Glamping in Iceland

Strewn over Iceland are many fantastic options available for glamping. We have chosen our favorites to help you narrow down the selection for your dream vacation in Iceland.

Nattura Yurtel

Nattura Yurtel offers a fantastic glamping experience.Nattura Yurtel offers a great glamping opportunity within the Golden Circle, Iceland's most popular sightseeing route. Nestled between the Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfall, these custom-made yurts make for a great camping getaway with modern amenities. 

The nine yurts of Nattura Yurtel are built in Mongolia and infused with contemporary Icelandic design. Each yurt accommodates two to four people, but provisions for larger groups or families is possible.

The yurts are spacious and comfortable.

The yurts are equipped with electricity, a fridge, and underfloor heating, which certainly comes in handy during the winter months. They also have private toilets with a sink and hot water. The complimentary breakfast is served in a communal breakfast yurt, where you can enjoy a gorgeous view over your morning coffee.

Nattura Yurtel is a great choice for glamping accommodation in Iceland as it offers a comfortable stay in an ideal sightseeing location. Spending the day exploring the wonders of the Golden Circle and other nearby attractions and returning to the warm and inviting interior of your yurt is a wonderful feeling.

Esjan Glamping Buses

These buses have been renovated for glamping purposes.Mount Esjan is a vital part of the skyline of Iceland's capital region, standing tall across Faxafloi Bay. This mountain is one of Iceland's most popular destinations for day hikes and offers a fantastic opportunity for unusual glamping. Esjan Glamping Buses are exactly what it says on the tin: refurnished public buses that have been turned into accommodation for glampers.

Located just a few minutes' drive from the city limits, these buses are quite permanently parked by the roots of the mountain, offering cozy self-catering accommodation in the serene countryside surrounding them. Don't worry about missing these buses - they're not going anywhere.

Each bus has space for up to four people, a fully equipped kitchenette, and a comfortable seating area for guests to relax. Each bus is furnished with sustainability in mind, using reused timber and discarded objects to create an eco-friendly and modern interior.  

Each bus has a charming interior.

The buses are equipped with including heating, bed linens, blankets, and towels, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. A separate building nearby houses shared showers and toilets shared between the two buses. 

The proximity to the city makes Esjan Glamping Buses a great option if you wish to explore the capital region but prefer the tranquility of the countryside to the city. The location is also ideal if you're a fan of hiking and amazing views, as guests are perched right next to the beginning of Iceland's most popular hiking spot. 

Fossatun Camping Pods

The Fossatun Pods are incredibly cute.

The Fossatun Camping Pods are a quirky and fun accommodation option in the West Iceland countryside. Located between the historical sites of Borgarnes and Reykholt, the pods are ideal for anyone who prefers a touch of luxury while still getting the experience of going camping.

The pods are heated and well-insulated, making them warm and cozy throughout the winter months. They are equipped with a table, beds, and a minifridge, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property. On-site is a communal bathroom and shower area as well as two kitchens, dining houses, and an outdoor barbecue.

Not much room for activities, but enough!

The pods are located in a very family-friendly area, with a rock and roll-themed restaurant, a  playground, and a troll garden complete with walking trails and games. The nearby landscape lends itself well to hikes in the beautiful surroundings.

Fossatun Camping Pods are in a prime location for easy day-trip access to nearby attractions such as the Snaefellsnes peninsula, which is full of natural wonders. Overall, a stay in these pods is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for offbeat accommodation when exploring West Iceland.

Volcano Huts Deluxe Tents

From inside a deluxe tent in Thorsmork.

Volcano Huts, located in the picturesque natural reserve of Thorsmork in the Highlands, offer a range of accommodation options to fit diverse preferences and needs. Visitors can choose between a spot in a dormitory, a private room in a small cabin, or a private cabin to themselves. Finally, they have a glamping option available in their deluxe tents. Keep in mind that Thorsmork, like other areas in the Highlands, is only accessible during the summer months.

These spacious tents have twin or double beds, lounging chairs, and electric heaters. The bedding is comfortable, with down duvets and woolen blankets for extra warmth. Shared bathrooms are located nearby, and the main center has free WiFi.

Thorsmork is a spectacular location.The comforts afforded by the deluxe tents that Volcano Huts offer are further enhanced by the rugged landscape of Thorsmork, which is one of Iceland's most beautiful locations. There are many hiking trails nearby that will take visitors to stunning locations such as the panoramic viewpoint from atop the mountain Valahnukur or the secret waterfall at the end of the canyon Stakkholtsgja.

After a long day of trekking through the wilderness, there is nothing better than getting some well-deserved rest and relaxation in style. Glamping is perhaps the best way to experience Thorsmork if you want to feel like you've earned the feeling of sinking down into a warm bed after a day of busy exploration.

Farmhouse Lodge

The tents are only available in the summertime.

The Farmhouse Lodge is an inviting accommodation located on the South Coast that offers a great glamping option during the summer months. Sitting just by Route 1, it is in the perfect location for anyone hoping to explore nearby attractions such as the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

The glamping here is done in bell tents that have been carefully decorated and furnished. They include two or four full-sized beds, lounging furniture, indoor and outdoor rugs, and more.  Nearby, guests have access to a 50-person hall with cooking facilities as well as bathrooms and showers. 

Imagine waking up to a view like this.There is no shortage of stunning locations nearby, such as the black sand beach of Reynisfjara by the charming village of Vik, the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, and the DC3 Plane Wreck at Solheimasandur

Staying at the Farmhouse Lodge is a great way to get acquainted with the Icelandic countryside and will give you a peek behind the curtains of the local country life. Be careful, though - waking up in the Icelandic summer to an amazing view of the South Coast's landscape might make you wish you could stay forever!

Reykjavik Domes

Reykjavik Domes offers a glamping opportunity just outside the capital.

Reykjavik Domes is a fantastic glamping option if you're looking to stay as close to the city as possible. Located just a 15-minute drive from downtown Reykjavik, these domes are still relatively secluded and surrounded by wonderful views.

There are two types of domes available: the standard and the deluxe. The standard domes are slightly smaller and have shared bathroom facilities, while the deluxe domes come with a private bathroom. 

The interior of the domes is very cozy.

Both dome types have king-sized beds with luxurious bedding, burning fireplaces, and a gorgeous view of Esjan. The nearby area lends itself well to short walks, and guests have entry to a nearby mini-golf course in the summer.

Staying at Reykjavik Domes is a perfect place to do glamping as close to the capital region as possible, and is also in a prime location if you wish to explore the Golden Circle, which begins only a 30-minute drive away.

Igloo Boat in Fjallsarlon 

Visitors are transported to the igloo boat on a zodiac boat.An exciting option for glamping in Iceland is located in the Fjallsarlon glacier lagoon. There, you can partake in a 16-hour overnight boat tour where you will spend the night floating comfortably amidst the icebergs in the lagoon.

You begin the tour by being transported via zodiac boat to your accommodation for the night - an Aurora Hut, also called an Igloo boat. This domicile is designed for utmost comfort and style while maintaining a sense of adventure.

The view is pretty magnificient.

The boats come with a double bed, electricity, Wi-Fi, comfortable bedding, and a toilet. While there is a small kitchenette, it is recommended that guests have dinner before boarding, as the focus here is on taking in the beauty of the surroundings. 

The glass window on board has a great view of the lagoon and its surroundings. During the wintertime, guests might even be lucky enough to witness the dancing of the northern lights in the sky above, which should make for a pretty memorable night.

Golden Circle Domes

The domes are quite futuristic.Golden Circle Domes is a glamping accommodation in the town of Selfoss in South Iceland, surrounded by natural beauty. They offer a luxurious option for a stay in rural Iceland that's in proximity to many popular attractions.

These deluxe domes are designed for comfort and convenience, each coming with two comfortable double beds and accommodating up to four guests. The beds have quality bedding, and there is plenty of space for storage. The domes have a private bathroom with a shower, wash basin, towels, and a toilet.

The interior comes with everything you need.Other amenities include a handy kitchenette, a living room with a sofa and dining table, and free Wi-Fi. The view from Golden Circle Domes is great as the skylights allow you to look directly up to the skies. These make a great addition for guests wishing to experience stargazing from the comfort of their accommodation or even witness the northern lights during the winter months.

FAQ's About Glamping in Iceland

Seeing the northern lights is possible when glamping in Iceland.Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about glamping in Iceland.

What is glamping?

Glamping (glamour + camping) combines the immersive experience of camping with the comforts of more upscale accommodations. It means enjoying the country's breathtaking landscapes while staying in comfortable lodgings equipped with amenities for warmth and convenience.

Is Glamping suitable for the Icelandic climate?

Absolutely. Glamping accommodations in Iceland are designed to provide warmth and shelter from the elements, ensuring guests can enjoy the stunning surroundings in comfort. The glamping options that do not provide sufficient shelter from the elements are only available in the summertime.

Can I see the northern lights while glamping?

Yes, many glamping sites offer a spectacular view of the night sky, providing a unique opportunity to witness the northern lights during the aurora season.

What should I pack for glamping in Iceland?

Although glamping provides many comforts, it's essential to pack for the specific weather conditions of your travel period. Bring layers of clothing, sturdy footwear, and any personal essentials. When in doubt, consult your glamping provider.

That covers our guide to glamping in Iceland. Do you have any experience with these glamping options? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below!

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