Making Camping Easy in Iceland! Tips and Tricks

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man sitting on his camper's bed, a great option to make camping easy in Iceland

Camping has an appeal far beyond the desire to overnight in a tent, campervan or motorhome. It’s a chance to reconnect with nature and find out whether the great outdoors is really great. Spoiler alert: it is in Iceland! In summer, days stretch for almost 24 hours (pack an eye mask!) Meanwhile in winter, if you’re camping away from large towns and cities the lack of light pollution even in campsites means you’ll maximise your chances of seeing the Northern Lights. Camping’s easy in Iceland, even more so with these hacks and tricks. If you’re thinking about booking a camping trip for your next Icelandic holiday, then you’ll want to read this.

Save on vehicle and hotel costs by renting a campervan in Iceland

Tip number one: if you’re going to rent a car to get around Iceland – and you’ll want to, as public transport isn’t as cheap as in other parts of the world – then you may as well rent a campervan or a motor home. You’ll find that you save big on the cost of hotels and upgrade the level of comfort from that you’ll experience in a tent. While it’s fun to pitch a tent if you know what you’re doing, if you don’t – or if it’s raining or windy – getting set up at a campsite if you arrive in a campervan is much easier. Specifications vary, so read through the fine print to ensure you choose the vehicle that’s right for your needs and your budget.

How to camp in Iceland – and what not to do

Wild camping might seem to be a great way of saving money on your camping road trip, but actually it’s illegal pretty much everywhere. Despite the “freedom to roam” enshrined in Icelandic law, the fragile landscape and high proportion of accessible land under private ownership mean that wild camping isn’t likely to be an option for many of the places you might wish to visit, particularly if you plan to drive along the ring road. Campers in Iceland will find it easy to book a convenient pitch in an authorised location.

Bring a credit card

While it’s always handy to have at least some cash on you, so many places in Iceland accept credit cards that you’ll want to have one with you while you travel. It’s quite acceptable to pay for anything with a credit card, no matter how small a purchase. If you can also open a credit card account which allows you to accru