Summer is already around the corner and with warmer weather also comes the high season in the tourism industry. Iceland will be bursting with tourists that are eager to get to know its beautiful landscapes and cities. Many of them are interested in things to do in Reykjavik and that kind of inspired me. As this blog is all about camping in Iceland, we will then change the topic a little bit. Do you want to know what the Nordic capital has to offer for campers? Then check out our latest guide to Reykjavik!
As many of you already know, Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and its largest city. The population in 2017 was 126,100. We all know this is not a huge city, but there are still plenty of options for activities in the world’s northernmost capital. Despite its location, the weather in Iceland is not as cold and harsh as it could be. We need to thank the city’s coastal location for its mild temperatures. However, Reykjavik is still a cloudy, rainy and windy place; like the rest of Iceland. But you shouldn’t fret; if you are a fan of camping, then you need to be brave!
Guide to Reykjavik – Camping Locations
Before exploring the city, we need to find a place to stay. When driving a motorhome or a camper, we usually need a place that provides standard facilities. Here you have some of the best and most well-equipped campsites in Reykjavik:
Reykjavik ECO Laugardalur Campsite:
This is an environmental friendly Campsite that is 3km away from Reykjavik’s downtown. The campsite is only open during the summer. It has many facilities like kitchens and a bathroom area that is open from 6:00 to 22:00. You will also find a swimming pool, electricity for motorhomes, gas stations, showers and washing machines. The price for one or two nights is 2.400 ISK per person per night.
This one is right on the outskirts of town. It is open from May 15th until September 15th. If you are coming from KEF Airport, it’s a great spot to stop at, and Reykjavik is only 10 minutes away by car! The campsite has showers, toilets and cooking facilities. It is also equipped with waste disposal for motorhomes and electricity, washing machines and internet. The rate for one or two nights is 1700 ISK. The longer you stay, the cheaper it is.
Guide to Reykjavik – Parking Areas
Parking in Reykjavik is not an easy task, so we highly recommend you take public transportation from the campsite to the downtown area. But if you still want to give it a go (to park and not to stay the night!), it is good to know that there are no restrictions on campers.
The downtown area (101 postcode) is divided into four parking areas and each one has a corresponding color: P1: Red and pink, P2: Blue, P3: Green, P4: Orange. You will easily see them as a “P” sign marks parking areas. P1 is the most expensive one and it costs approximately 250 ISK per hour. There are still free parking spots in Reykjavik but they are not easy to find. If you do not see a “P “sign, it means that specific street is not under any regulation and parking is free.
Guide to Reykjavik – What to See
Now that you know where to park your camper, it is time to do some sightseeing! Here you have our favorites:
Guide to Reykjavik – Camping Around Iceland’s Capital City
Hallgrímskirkja: You can’t miss this one. It’s the most important church in Reykjavik city and it is made out of concrete. It’s a great reference point as it is visible from up to 20km away.
Austurvollur Square: It’s a peaceful and beautiful area close to the Parliament of Iceland. Here you can learn the history of the oldest parliament in the world!
Laugavegur: The main shopping street in Reykjavik. It’s busy and full of great stores and places to eat.
Harpa Music Hall: A beautiful modern building that holds concerts, expositions and exhibitions.
As you can see, Reykjavik can also be enjoyed with a camper or a motorhome. Let us know how your experience goes. We want to hear all about it.