Many people choose camping in Iceland as an economical way to see the country. This is an excellent choice as it affords you the freedom of traveling with your “home”. Campervan and motorhome rental in Iceland is one of the best ways to travel around the island. You’ve got around registered 170 campsites to choose from. The Reykjavik campsite consistently rates as one of the top campgrounds in Iceland. Its five-star rating comes from its perfectly situated location, the wide variety of activities available in the surrounding areas, and the facilities and amenities of the campground itself. If you’re passing through Reykjavik during your Iceland camping trip, this campsite is somewhere you have to stay at least one night. Reykjavik Campsite accommodates up to 900 people using tents, cars or caravans. If you’re traveling during the high season, we recommend arriving as early as possible to reserve your spot.
Renting a campervan or motorhome and camping in Iceland is a great way to save money on your trip. Just a quick word of advice. If you’re planning on traveling through Iceland using a campervan or motorhome, it’s imperative that you reserve in advance. Iceland has become a tourist hotspot and as a result, vehicle rental, accommodation and tours often book up several months ahead of time. We suggest that if you’ve already reserved your plane tickets, or are looking at what’s available, you also check out your options for motorhome or campervan rental and book right away.
Location, Location, Location
One of the best things about the Reykjavik Campsite is its proximity to the city. While it’s located in the middle of a very green area, you’re not too far from the city center. It’s around 3km from downtown Reykjavik (just under 2 miles). This means you can walk it in about 30 minutes or so. The journey is quite nice as it goes along the sea. There’s also a bus that goes directly into town for the less physically active among us. During the busy summer months of June, July and August, there’s also a complimentary shuttle that runs between the campsite and downtown. The free bus service stops at BSÍ bus terminal and Harpa Concert Hall. Unlike many camping options in Iceland, this eco-friendly campsite is open all year long.
Prices, Check-In, Reservations at the Reykjavik Campsite
Reykjavik Campsite, like almost every campground in Iceland, does not accept reservations. You’ll just have to get there as early in the day as possible. If you are traveling with a large group, call ahead to see if they can reserve in advance.
The price for an overnight stay is 2,400 ISK per person per night. You can stay a maximum of seven nights. A full list of their prices can be found here.
From May to September, the reception is open 24 hours a day. Outside of high season, if you find the campsite reception closed, you can check in at the hostel next door. The hostel reception is also open 24/7.
Reykjavik Campsite’s Facilities and Amenities
Everyone raves about Reykjavik Campsite being one of the best campgrounds in Iceland, if not the best. This is no doubt due to the outstanding facilities and desirable amenities of the property. There are restaurants on site and a supermarket within a five-minute walking distance. In addition to washers and dryers, the showers also have hot water. This is not standard at all campgrounds, so it’s quite nice when you have it. Additionally there even cooking facilities, a gas station, and an electric charging station for cars. When the weather’s nice, you can hop in the swimming pool or have a barbecue using the campsite’s grills. There’s also free Wi-Fi available along with an information center to answer any questions you might have. Additionally, there are facilities for waste disposal from your motorhome. Lastly, there’s a bus stop where you can catch the #14 bus into town. And of course, the campsite is wheelchair accessible.
The Campground’s Surrounding Areas
In addition to the spectacular facilities on site, the Reykjavik Campsite also has many fantastic activities and installations located close by. You’ll find everything you need (ATMs, restaurants, grocery stores, a bank) close by and within walking distance.
Laugardalur Swimming Pool
The Laugardalur swimming pool is the largest outdoor thermal pool in Reykjavik. In addition to the extremely fun 86-meter long water slide (282 feet), the space also has hot pots, a jacuzzi, and a thermal steam bath.
World Class Gym
For those looking to keep up their fitness regimen while visiting Iceland, spend some time at the World Class Gym (yes, that’s the name). They’ve got state-of-the-art equipment and a lot of different types of classes for fitness buffs. You can even bring your children to let the mini-athletes go wild in the gym’s childcare rooms. http://www.worldclass.is/en
Iceland is the land of bathing culture and spa culture. If you’d like to pamper yourself a little bit, why not pay a visit to the Laugar spa? The luxury health spa and resort features a wide array of treatments and massages to help you relax. Make a day of it and grab lunch at the restaurant. http://www.worldclass.is/en
Family Park and Zoo
Kids will love a visit to the Family Park and Zoo in Laugardalur. You’ll be able to view a diverse assortment of Icelandic animals ranging from a while foxes and reindeer to domesticated cows sheep and horses. There are even some sea creatures like Icelandic harbor seals and grey seals. The zoo is open all year, and in addition to the animal expositions, in the summer there are also rides and play equipment for the kids.
Reykjavik Botanical Garden
The Reykjavik Botanical Garden features Icelandic flora and fauna. Best of you all, you get in for free. Its Café Flora is a lovely place to stop for a warming drink to appreciate your beautiful surroundings.
Laugardalur Ice Skating Rink
Anyone coming to Iceland knows to expect chilly temperatures. The upside of this is that you’ll probably be in the mood go ice skating. The indoor rink can be used for both ice hockey and figure skating.
All You Need to Know About The Reykjavik Campsite
During your camping trip in Iceland, the Reykjavik campsite is somewhere you want to stop for at least one night. They accept the Iceland Campingcard and are one of the best places you can stay. Taking camping road trip around Iceland is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and you’re sure to make plenty of great memories along the way.