As you would already have read, there is no perfect month to visit Iceland. Each time of the year has its own charm and typical activities. Many travellers come to this beautiful island searching for snowed and iced landscapes or the famous Northern lights. One of their most common question is “Where to stay during the winter time?” as many of them are traveling with campervan or motorhome. For that question, here is our Updated List For Camping Iceland in Winter!
In this post I will give you real and updated information about campsites where you can stay all year round, even during proper winter months!
Egilsstaðir camping site (East)
This campsite is located in the East of the island, right on road 1. It has facilities open 24 hours with restrooms, showers, washer and dryer.
The reception is only open from October to April, but you can still stay during all year. They just ask you to put the entrance fee on a mailbox. Another good point? Reservations are not necessary!
Lifsmotun camping (North)
Located in the East north of Iceland, this campsite is located at a farm, Hjalli in the valley of Reykjadalur. There is a small village called Laugar only 2 km away, while Mývatn is 35 km and Húsavík 40 km away. Here each traveller gets its own private separate area, that’s why booking is necessary.
They are of course open all year round but some services are not guaranteed during winter months. However they always provide warm bathroom with running hot and cold water. That is great for camping Iceland in Winter. They offer Wi-Fi in selected areas between 7 am and 10 pm. Also, they make their best to offer always cooking facilities outside and a hose with running water from inside.
The winter fee is 300kr and includes electricity.
Skaftafell Camping (south-east)
Located right at the entrance of Vatnajökull National Park, 20 min away from to Hof on the Road 1, you will find this campsite run by Rangers. We added this place to our camping Iceland in Winter as it is a beautiful area to visit.
They have space for about 400 tents, but there are not designated pitches. No reservations can be made, even in winter, but there is always space available.
They offer access to electricity, showers, washing machine and dryer. There is no indoor dining or cooking facilities, but there is a place outside where to clean your dishes and kitchenware.
Hamragarðar camping (south-west)
Conveniently located by road 1, this campsite is just 30 min at the south of Hella. It’s surrounded by Eyjafjallajökull glacier and Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi waterfalls can be reached from here in a short walk.
Electricity, showers and washing machines have an extra charge, but Wi-Fi is free all over the camping ground. They also offer waste disposal for motorhomes and water. Again, they advise reservation is not needed so you can just stop by.
Campsites near Reykjavik
Skjól Camping (West)
“A shelter in the middle of nowhere” as they describe it, also remains open all year round. It’s about one hour and a half away from Reykjavik, next to Bláskógabyggð.
The opening hours from September 15th – June 1st are every day from 09:00 to 15:00 and from 18:00 to 23:00.
Reykjavik Campsite (South-West)
This campsite is located just 3km away from the capital city. It is an ECO camping that open all year long. Its facilities are reduced during the winter time. Clients are still able to use the facilities from a hotel nearby. If you are traveling in big groups, please contact the camping beforehand.
Gesthus Selfoss (West)
This is one of the few campsites in our camping Iceland in Winter that is located right in the heart of a city. Gesthus is based in Selfoss, in the southwest of the island.
This campsite offers hot showers, dining room with cooking facilities and free Wi-Fi. Also electricity, washing machines and dryers are available for an extra. I recommend enjoying their hot tubs for 500kr, open from 17h to 23h.
For motorhome users, they have waste disposal facilities and running water.
Updated List Of Camping Iceland in Winter!
Úthlíd Cottages (West)
This campsite, also open all year round, is not as easy to find as other mentioned before, but its location will make the trip worthy! It is about 100 km asphalt road from Reyjavik, and it’s signed posted from Uthlid church, but it’s recommended bringing GPS
The entrance fee gives you access to showers and the hot tub, don’t miss the views from there and enjoy the northern nights while having a night bath!
Gata Free Camping in
This campsite located in Ölfus is organised in three parts of lava and grass, divided between them. It remains open all year round and offer cold and hot running water as well as toilets, shower and sinks to clean kitchenware.