The most popular choice of locals and tourists in Iceland during summer vacations is either swimming (which actually locals do even during winter) and camping (also when they go hiking). It is somewhat reasonable due to the previous financial crash which makes camping the only affordable, but fun way to get away on vacation. This means that camping sites are somewhat crowded during summer, but it is nevertheless fun because it is more lively and you can go on tours around the place together, somewhat meet new friends or for the locals to meet up with family friends out there. As a tourist, camping in Iceland will give you the chance to mingle with the locals to catch advices on where to go and what is best to do at camp. And believe me, there are lots of activities to do out there, even awe-inspiring landscapes to view. However, if you don’t want to get your camping gears and tents and set it up somewhere, you would need to take your stuff and get into the camping sites. There are numerous camping ground around Iceland, about 200 campsites. Listed below are the top 5 camping sites and their facilities (Not in Particular Order). And following the list is also a list why you would want to consider camping in Iceland during summer.

Top 5 Camping Sites in Iceland

1. Mosfellsbær

This campsite is just about 10 minutes away from the city of Reykjavik. It has a beautiful view of Varma and Leirvogsa rivers. Public transportation is available on the campsite. This can be a good short trip away from the noise and the lights of the city. You can pay the accommodation between 8:00 to 9:00 am and 4:00 pm or simply pay at the sports center or visit Hotel Laxnes.

The campsite has toilets, cold water, chairs and tables, shower, swimming pool and hot tubs. You can have a good view of the mountains, or go hiking or golfing. Nearest establishments are hospital (just in case of any health related emergency) supermarkets, coffeehouses, house rentals, restaurants (because this camp is strictly no open fire cooking) and gasoline stations.

2. Akranes

Another campsite near the city is the one in Akranes where you can also have a nice view of the Icelandic wonders as well as avail the following services; toilets and shower, cold and hot water, Electricity (to power up your gadgets), washing machine and dryer, BBQ facilities (what is camp without a BBQ right?), chairs and tables. In cases you need something there is a nearby supermarket and gasoline station. Alcohol is allowed but of course, drink moderately. There is a playground for the kids, a golf course and a fishing area. You can go hiking, sightseeing for beautiful landscapes of mountains, and or go swimming outdoor or indoor. The hospital is near in case of health related emergencies.

3. Varmaland

This is located just on the outskirts of Skaftholtstungur in Borgarfjörður fjord. The campsite sits between the Hvita river and Nordura river. The swimming pool is the main attraction, according to some campers and there are several hiking trails. The campsite is large so it can accommodate many campers during summer. Toilets and showers are available as well as hot and cold water. Electricity which is a must for gadget lovers is also available. There are BBQ facilities for those who love their grills to camp, but open fire for your marshmallows are not allowed. Chairs and tables as well as garbage disposals (mandatory to use) are available. You can go hiking, sightseeing, and of course swimming. There is a playground for the kids to play at.

4. Flateyri

The place is a typical fishing village, but in here you can find all sorts of service you might need such as swimming pool, sports hall, restaurants and shopping retails. The campsite itself is located below the avalanche protection wall. You can grill with the available BBQ facilities but are not allowed to burn an open fire. There are toilets and cold water. Dogs on leash are allowed so you tag along your best friends with you. There is also a playground and a boat rental in addition to recreational activities you can get while camping in Iceland.

5. Grindavík

This is a very popular tourist destination because this is where you can find the ever famous Blue Lagoon. The campsite, anyway, is located in Austurvegur. They call this campsite the luxurious camping in Iceland as you can access the breathtaking view of nature and the bird sanctuary in Reykjanestá, which is just few minutes away from the campsite. This campsite has everything from playground to golf courses, swimming pools and sports center. You can go fishing or horseback riding. There are grilled and cooking facilities but open fire is also not allowed. Dogs are allowed as well as long as they are on leash. Chairs and tables, washing machine and dryers. Electricity for your gadgets are also available.

Top 5 reasons why you should go camping in Iceland;

1. Perfect Weather

The average temperature during summer in Iceland is around 16 degrees Celsius, which is perfect for camping. It is neither too hot or too cold.

2. Endless Light

Summer in Iceland by late June is all sun over the sky. Yes, you can have the sun for 24 hours a day during this time. Though it will only dip down around 1 to 3 in the morning and will say hello again after that, resulting to bright twilight. The amazing part of the day is about 7 in the evening to 5 in the morning ,you will have to take a good look at your clock because the light might fake you. The sky will have a perfectly shining golden light of these hours, which is romantically set.

3. Unlimited Space

You will have the whole ground. You can camp out the vacant lot at the side of any road and camp for free. But there are also many campgrounds as mentioned above.

4. Budget Friendly

This is an obvious reason, though it is a bit silly to put it here, but just in case you want to know, you can go camping in Iceland for only 20 to 50 bucks or according to your budget or you can just simply camp for free. Saves boot loads of money.

5. Captivating Nature

There is nothing more exciting than getting up and seeing the whole view in an instance. Plus, you get to inhale the fresh grass and rivers. And if you worry about bugs and mosquitoes, fear not because Iceland is pests-free! See Facts about Iceland.


So there you have it, the list of where you can spend your day and night at and it is more affordable that renting a guest house or checking in a hotel or motel. So the next time you are planning on a trip for a summer getaway, consider camping in Iceland.