Camping Around Iceland in a Week

7 days / 6 nights
Lake Mývatn in its autumn colors
Strokkur erupting on a sunny summer day
Camping by Skógafoss waterfall in Iceland
Lake Mývatn in its autumn colors
Strokkur erupting on a sunny summer day

Spend a week sleeping under the midnight sun

Venture out into Iceland’s unspoiled nature for 7 days, pitching your tent at campsites around the country. With a rental car and all the gear included, you’ll be well equipped for an epic outdoor adventure.

On this self-drive camping trip, you’ll tour Iceland’s famous Ring Road. Here you can see magnificent waterfalls, unusual lava formations, and glistening glaciers. See a different side of the country by ditching the hotels and sleeping out in the countryside.

Travel styleCamping
Trip length7 days / 6 nights
VibeAdventure
SeasonSummer
(1 Jun–31 Aug)
TransportRental car
Starts fromReykjavík
Tour codeCSD21

On this tour you will...

  • Set up camp at beautiful natural sites around the country

  • Get a rental car and camping gear included

  • Tour Iceland’s attraction-studded Ring Road route

  • Delve into the epic scenery of the south coast

  • Meet fellow campers at sites along your itinerary

  • Stay in a hotel in Reykjavík on the first night of your trip

Top attractions

The Dimmuborgir lava formations in North Iceland

Dimmuborgir

Lake Mývatn in its autumn colors

Lake Mývatn

The Goðafoss waterfall in summer

Goðafoss

The skyline of Akureyri, North Iceland

Akureyri

The Seljalandsfoss waterfall covered in icicles

Seljalandsfoss

Vik Church with Reynisdrangar sea stacks in the distance

Vík í Mýrdal

A rainbow over the Skógafoss waterfall on a sunny day

Skógafoss

View over the Fellabær neighborhood of Egilsstaðir

Egilsstaðir

The town of Reyðarfjörður, East Iceland, seen from above

Reyðarfjörður

The edge of the Vatnajökull glacier

Vatnajökull Glacier & National Park

Mountains in the Skaftafell Nature Reserve on a cloudy day

Skaftafell Nature Reserve

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at sunrise with a pink sky

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

The Strokkur geyser erupting in winter against a sunset

Geysir and Strokkur

The Gullfoss waterfall in summertime

Gullfoss

Þingvellir National Park, Iceland, in autumn colors

Þingvellir National Park

The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

Why book a camping trip with Iceland Tours?

  • All camping gear included

  • Hotel stay in Reykjavík on your first night

  • Start your tour on the date that suits you

  • 24/7 emergency helpline in Iceland

  • Secure your booking with just a 5% deposit

  • New rental cars with 2 drivers as standard

Your 7-day self-drive camping itinerary

Your 7-day self-drive camping itinerary
Staying inReykjavík
Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

Arrival at Keflavik Airport. Pick-up your rental vehicle and drive to Reykjavik for your first night’s stay in Iceland.

Highlights

The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

Extra activities

The Sky Lagoon at sunsetExtra

Sky Lagoon Pure Pass

Riders on FlyOver Iceland above a virtual waterfallExtra

FlyOver Iceland

Staying inCampsite in Akureyri area (camping fee not included)
Driving distance450 km (280 mi)

Start your roundtrip of Iceland by heading towards Borgarfjörður, an interesting area rich with cultural and historical heritage. You pass the splendid waterfalls of Hraunfossar, where the water flows out of the lava into the river below. Continue and make a stop at Deildartunguhver, Iceland’s largest hot spring (in terms of water production per second). From Borgarnes, continue to the North of Iceland through the Skagafjörður, which is known for horse breeding; here you can see many Icelandic horses on your way. Take some time to visit the museum at Glaumbær, a beautifully restored turf farmhouse, one of the few that has been properly preserved in Iceland.

Staying inCampsite in Mývatn/Húsavík area (camping fee not included)
Driving distance200 km (124 mi)

The whole day is dedicated to the marvels of Lake Mývatn Nature Reserve known as one of Iceland’s most fascinating areas of natural beauty. On the way to Mývatn you must make a stop at the impressive waterfall Goðafoss “The fall of the gods”. One of the main attractions near Mývatn is the Námaskarð geothermal area where you will find bubbling mud pools and hissing steam vents. You must not miss the Krafla area with the crater Víti and the Leirhnjúkur area. Later on you can venture a walk up to the top of Hverfjall crater or dip into the geothermal water of the natural baths located east of the Lake.

Staying inCampsite in Höfn area (camping fee not included)
Driving distance460 km (286 mi)

Today you will discover the Eastfjords. Continue your drive through the lunar landscape of Möðrudalur highlands until you reach the fertile valley of Hérað where the village of Egilsstaðir lies. As you continue you might want to make a stop in the village of Djúpivogur, located in a charming setting. Now you continue along the fjords towards Southeast Iceland; at times the road hangs precariously high on the mountain slopes. Finally you drive through the tunnel of Almannaskarð to arrive in the town of Höfn.

Staying inCampsite in Hvolsvöllur/Hella area (camping fee not included)
Driving distance365 km (227 mi)

After passing various outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, you will arrive at the Glacial Lagoon, Jökulsarlón. You can walk along the banks of the lagoon or take a 30-40 min boat trip to admire the fantastically-shaped icebergs. Skaftafell National Park is another natural wonder: an oasis surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains which has many hiking possibilities. Continue through Kirkjubæjarklaustur village, the Eldhraun lava field and the Mýrdalssandur plain before you arrive in the Vík. We recommend you stop at Reynisfjara beach; a black sand beach famous for the Reynisdrangar rock stacks that rise from the sea just off the shore and for its basalt columns. You can also stop at Dyrhólaey cape, which is the southernmost point of Iceland. Continue westbound; the village of Skógar is the next place of interest with its beautiful waterfall and the local folk museum. As you continue towards Hella you can stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can actually walk behind the waterfall. You then follow the main road to arrive in Hella.

Staying inCampsite in Reykjavík (camping fee not included)
Driving distance220 km (137 mi)

Now it is time to visit some of the most interesting and famous areas of Iceland. Drive through the village of Flúðir to reach the famous geothermal area of Geysir where the Strokkur hot spring ejects its water column high into the air every 5 – 10 minutes and where numerous small springs boil and bubble. Close by is Gullfoss, surely the country’s most famous waterfall. Continuing towards Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), consider one of the geological wonders of the world where you can see the effects of the tectonic plate movements which have opened various cracks and fissures in the earth’s crust. It was here that the Icelandic Parliament was founded in the 10th century. Continue to Reykjavík for your overnight stay.

Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

Drive back to Keflavik airport for your flight back home, or book an extra night in Reykjavik, the vibrant capital of Iceland!

What’s included?

Detailed itinerary

Camping gear for 5 nights (tent, sleeping bags, air mattress, stove, coolbox, cooking equipment)

Budget accommodation for 1 night with continental breakfast

Rental car of your choice for 6 days

2 authorized drivers as standard

Unlimited in-car Wi-Fi

Unlimited mileage

Collision damage waiver

24/7 emergency helpline when you’re in Iceland

VAT, taxes & service fees

Flights to Iceland

Campsite bookings & fees

Fuel & parking charges

Food & drink, unless otherwise stated

Attraction entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

Personal travel insurance

Your accommodation

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Stay in well-located hotels and guesthouses that are highly rated by visitors and handpicked by experts.

Budget accommodation for 1 night (room without private facilities) and Camping gear for the rest of the stay. 

Our camping gear pack includes the following items:

  • 1-4 person tent
  • Sleeping bags
  • Air mattress
  • Camping stove
  • Coolbox
  • Cooking equipment

Good to know: Camping packages don’t include admission to campsites or fees for use of their facilities.

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FAQs about our camping trips

On a camping trip around Iceland, you’ll have your own rental car and camping gear. Simply follow the detailed itinerary provided, adding in a few extra stops if you like.

You’ll spend the first night of your trip at a hotel in Reykjavík. The next morning you’ll enjoy an included breakfast before heading into the countryside for your camping adventure.

Each night, you’ll pitch your tent at a campsite and settle in for a sleep under the summer skies. Lots of campsites have facilities like toilets, showers, communal kitchens, and even Wi-Fi. Some even have extras like on-site hot tubs or laundry facilities.

To give you freedom to be spontaneous and ability to choose your favorite spots, bookings at campsites are not included with our camping packages. You’ll get info on the best campsites in each area in your travel documents.

If you want to get inspired, check out this guide to camping in Iceland which is packed with recommendations.

Most campsites don’t require advance bookings. Fees are reasonable and comparable to other countries.

Good to know: Although it is possible to wild camp in Iceland, you need the landowner’s permission and camping isn’t allowed in protected natural areas. With that in mind, we strongly recommend using designated campsites.

You have to be at least 20 years old to rent a car in Iceland, or 23 years old for larger vehicles like jeeps and vans. You’ll need to have held a valid driver’s license for at least 1 year and present a credit card when you collect your car.

You don’t need an International Driving Permit unless your license is not in Latin script (for example, Arabic or Chinese).

Find out more about car rental in Iceland.

Absolutely! You can extend your stay in Iceland with extra days before or after your camping trip. Use these to fit in adventure activities like ice caving, or bus tours to attractions near the city.

If you want to customize the actual itinerary of your camping tour, this is possible for an additional fee.

You’ll be able to pick up your rental car at Keflavík International Airport from the arrivals hall. Before your trip, we’ll send you information about where to go in the terminal to collect your keys.

Make sure you have your driver’s license and credit card ready when you collect your vehicle.

If you land late at night, you can use the out-of-hours phone at the pick-up desk to contact someone who will be able to help you.

You also have the option to collect your rental car in Reykjavík, if you’re planning to spend some extra days in the city before your trip starts. If you’d like to do this, please let us know in the ‘Special requests’ box at checkout.

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