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The Best Camping in Iceland

Looking for the best camping in Iceland? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Iceland. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Iceland

  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

    Explore Jokulsarlon, Iceland

    From Reykjavik, just head south on Hwy 1 for about 3 hours until you reach Jokulsarlon. It's just off both sides of the road and a bridge drives over it - you wont miss it. If facing east, the lake is on the left side of the road and the beach is on the right. Both are awesome spots to shoot some...
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  • Þingvellir Visitor Center, Iceland

    Hike through Þingvellir National Park

    2 mi / 50 ft gain
    From the visitor center there are several trails that lead into the countryside. Take the obvious trail down the ramp and into the gap where you can explore the beautiful terrain, waterfalls and historic sites. You could easily spend an entire day hiking around and having fun. Don’t forget to ext...
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  • Kvernufoss Parking, Iceland

    Walk Behind A Hidden Waterfall at Kvernufoss

    0.4 mi
    Begin by driving to the Skogar Museum, just off the Ring Road (1). You will take the same turn to get here as you would to get to Skogafoss, so it makes sense to plan to see both at the same time. Just past the Skogar Museum on your left, you'll see a warehouse/hangar building with two large gara...
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  • Sólheimasandur Trailhead, Iceland

    Explore DC-3 Airplane Wreckage in Sólheimasandur

    If you've ever felt the urge to go to Iceland and explore one of the planet's most geographically fascinating locations, you've most likely seen photos similar to mine: dilapidated wreckage of an old airplane on a black sand beach. The United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 in Sólheimasandur was f...
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  • Sólheimasandur Trailhead, Iceland

    Explore Iceland's Black Sands

    Since WWII, four US planes have perished above Iceland's black sands. Here is one of them, sunken into the beach in the middle of nowhere since 1973. After running out of fuel above the town of Vik, the crew mis-executed an emergency landing and felt their wheels snap upon contact with the too-so...
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  • Útnesvegur, Iceland

    Explore Snæfellsjökull National Park

    2 mi
    When I planned my road trip through Iceland, I found plenty of information and advice online for the southwestern part of the island, as well as up north in the area around Akureyri and Lake Myvatn, but there isn't a whole lot to be found about the northwestern region. Snæfellsjökull National Par...
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  • Landmannalaugar, Iceland

    Backpack the Laugavegur Trail: Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk

    34 mi / -984.3 ft gain
    First things first - catch one of the buses to the trailhead at Landmannalaugar. We chose to leave from a small hostel in Hella and ended up riding for just over two hours to reach our destination. If anything is going to give you a taste of what's to come, it'll be driving through the volcanic l...
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  • Svartifoss Trail, Iceland

    Hike to Sjónarnípa

    Skaftafell National Park is a portion of Vatnajökull National Park and easily accessible by car by Route 1 (the Ring Road). Sjónarnípa is a viewpoint overlooking the Skaftafell glacier and surrounding mountains. To hike to Sjónarnípa, begin at the Skaftafellsstofa (visitor center) and follow the ...
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  • Höfn Beach, Iceland

    Iceland Surf Expedition

    Iceland is always interesting with the weather fluctuating. Each day can lead you to face a new series of elements.One amazing thing about shooting in Iceland is the variation of colors in the sky brought on by being so far north on the Atlantic. The landscape also provides a really unique perspe...
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  • Garður, Iceland

    Photograph Gardur Lighthouse, Iceland

    If you are like most travelers to Iceland, your time is spent around the ring road and Reykjavik. For those with extra time to spare and seeking solitude not far from the city, the old lighthouses of Gardur are a great place to spend a sunset.  On the far tip of Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula lies...
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  • Þórsmörk, Iceland, Iceland

    Backpack the Laugavegur Trail: Þórsmörk to Skógar

    15 mi / 3000 ft gain
    If you are on your way to Iceland to trek the incredible Laugavegur trail, and you've read about the first part of the trek in this article, then don't miss out on the last 15 miles you should be adding to the trek. This trail actually continues on to Skógar, but some backpackers choose to end at...
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  • Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland

    Camp in and Explore Borgarfjörður Eystri

    Every corner of Iceland will continue to surprise you in the most delightful way. Making the journey to the northeastern coast is no exception.Borgarfjörður Eystri will provide you with panoramic mountain views, harbor exploration and the chance to photograph as many puffins as your heart desires...
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  • Þakgil, Iceland

    Camp & Hike at Thakgil

    Thakgil, or Þakgil, is a one-of-a-kind campground nestled in a small canyon surrounded by steep, mossy walls. To get there, you'll follow a dirt mountain road up into the mountains, passing a glacial river and finally entering into the canyon where the campsite is located.  The campground feature...
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  • 63.992115,-19.058868, Iceland

    Hike to the view from Bláhnúkur

    4 mi / 1640.4 ft gain
    The route for the Laugavegur Trail technically leaves the trailhead Landmannalaugar through the Laugahraun lava field—but if you choose not to detour over Bláhnúkur, you’ll miss one of the most visually stunning parts of the entire trail. If you’re camped out at Landmannalaugar instead of trekkin...
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  • 64.016137,-16.968895, Iceland

    Camp at Skaftafell Campground

    Skaftafell  is a large campground in the largest national park in Iceland. Grass for tents is located on the east side of the campground and gravel is on the west side for vans. You are situated very close to plenty of hiking trails that you can reach from the campsites themselves. Some of the mo...
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