One of Iceland’s must-dos is visiting Reykjavik. Having a bit of city life before heading out into nature is the icing on the cake. Most travelers planning to travel through Iceland by campervan tend to think they cannot stay in their motorhome during their time in the city. As a result, they book a hotel and aren’t quite sure what to do with their Campervan in Reykjavik. This is an unnecessary step, so let us give you some advice on what to do with your motorhome while staying in Reykjavik.
Your first option is staying at a campsite in town. There’s one located just 3 km away from the Reykjavik city center called Eco Campsite. It’s open all year round and has a capacity of 900 people. You get the best of both worlds here. You’ll be close to the city center and are surrounded by green space. There are also many ways to get into town if you end up staying at the campsite.
You can park the campervan at the campsite and then bike into town. There are bike rentals at the campsite reception and the rates are:
5 hours: 3,900 ISK (32€ or $38)
24 hours: 4,900 ISK (40€ or $47)
48 hours: 8,900 ISK (73€ or $86)
3 days: 3,500 ISK per day (31€ or $37)
If biking is not your cup of tea, you can take the bus from the campsite to go to town. You’ll be dropped off either at the bus terminal or at Harpa Concert Hall. Please note that during the summer period (June, July and August) this bus is completely free.
Another good option is to drive your motorhome into town and park there. If you’re worried about finding parking, fear not. There are many parking zones in Reykjavik.
Here are Reykjavik’s parking zones as well as rates:
Zone 1 (Red and Pink): 275 ISK (2.25€ or $2.67) per hour
Hours: Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00
Zone 2 (Blue) : 150 ISK (1.25€ or $1.50) per hour
Hours: Mon-Fri 09:00am – 18:00pm
Zone 3 (Green): 125 ISK (1€ or $1.19) per hour for 1-2 hours
30 ISK (.25€ or per hour after 2 hours.
Hours: Mon-Fri 09:00am -18:00pm
Zone 4 (Orange) 150 ISK (1.25€ or $1.50) per hour
Hours: mon-tri 08:00 am – 16:00 pm
You can also park in one of several parking lots found around the city (open from 7am until midnight). Rates are different depending upon the zone. If you park in Laugavegur or Vitastígur, the price is 80 ISK ( .65€ or 75 cents) for the first hour and then 50 ISK (.41€ or 50 cents) after that.
There’s also the option of parking garages, which are super cheap. They’re located in the town center. There’s plenty of space and not many cars, so you won’t be fighting for a spot.
Once you have parked and decided what to do with your campervan in Reykjavik, there are plenty of activities to choose from. You should visit Harpa Concert hall, which is a beautiful building in the middle of the city. Be sure to also stop by Hallgrímskirkja Church, which is the tallest church in Iceland. It’s 74.5 meters (245 feet) tall and has an amazing and imposing organ.
And Iceland’s National Museum, you can visit the permanent exhibitions to find out more about the country’s heritage and history. You’ll discover how the Vikings used to live as well as how the country has developed since Viking times. We also can’t forget the Leif Erikson Monument. He was the first European to arrive on the American continent.
Once you’ve arrived in Reykjavik, you can do things other than just visit the typical tourist activities. What about having an evening out at one of Reykjavik’s best restaurants? You’ll find a lot of different dining establishments in the Lækjargata area and surroundings. Whether it’s sushi, burgers, fish, or typical Icelandic dishes, this area has something for everyone. If you’re still looking for additional nocturnal activities after dinner, park your campervan in the appropriate overnight zone and join the Rúntur Pub Crawl. You’ll wander from one pub to another and experience the different vibe in each place. It’s one of the best ways to explore Reykjavik’s renowned nightlife.
What to Do With Your Campervan in Reykjavik
If you’re looking for a fun night out, Iceland’s capital city is definitely your place. It’s rumored to have some of the best nightlife in Europe. On an interesting note, the city is filled with establishments that pull double duty. During the day, they serve as mild-mannered cafes and at night they are magically transformed into nightclubs where you can toss one back, dance and meet some friendly locals and fellow travelers.
It’s not too hard to find where the party is in Reykjavik. Just follow the well-dressed people and listen for the sounds of thumping club music. To find the hottest spots, just look for the largest crowds. Head to the aforementioned Laugavegur Street and you can’t go wrong.
Please be sure to have plenty of money with you because a night out in Reykjavik can be quite expensive. That being said you will definitely enjoy the city and it will be an evening you will never forget.
Reykjavik is modern, dynamic, and clean. You will not find big skyscrapers or the classic European town with a historical city center here. Rather, it’s full of leisure activities and small pleasures like having an ice cream. We should mention that people from Reykjavik are absolutely crazy about ice cream. Iceland’s capital is a city with personality and is attractive in many ways.
There are many things to do in Iceland depending on how you decide to travel. If you decide to see the island by campervan, don’t let that scare you away from spending time in Reykjavik just because it’s a city. Now that you know what to do with your Campervan in Reykjavik and all the fun activities that await you, what’s stopping you?