Camping is with out a doubt, the best way to overnight when exploring beautiful Iceland. With the popularity of travel booming during the summer, pitching a tent allows you to escape the crowded & pricey accommodations, experience the natural surroundings that you came to Iceland for and gain some pretty cool experiences. I think back at a few of my trips to Iceland and some of the most memorable and enriching experiences come from camping. If you plan to visit during the summer months, the weather is warm, the sun never sets and you don’t have to worry about any animals aside from the occasional sheep wandering into your camp. It truly is the perfect place for camping even for the novice outdoorsman. You will save a lot of money too!
Fun fact: It is legal to camp pretty much anywhere in Iceland and you will see people taking advantage of this all across the country. You can even camp on private property. Here is the official regulation, “Camping with no more than three tents is allowed on uncultivated ground for a single night, unless the landowner has posted a notice to the contrary. However, campers should always use designated campsites where they do exist. Do not camp close to farms without permission. If a group of more than three tents is involved, these campers must seek permission from the landowner before setting up camp outside marked campsite areas.” Be respectful and don’t abuse this privilege including taking care of the land and leaving no trace.
Some of the unique and beautiful camping spots from my last trip to Iceland.
Pro-tip: Need a shower while on the road camping? Iceland’s many outdoor geothermal hot springs require the use of shower facilities prior to entering. Pay a small fee to enjoy one of the hot springs and get a free shower at the same time.