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Accommodation

Everyone should be able to find accommodation and services to suit them in North Iceland. In addition to many hotels of various sizes, a multitude of other guesthouses and holiday accommodation are available, such as boarding schools and farmstead accommodation, either in separate buildings or in rooms at the farmhouse itself. 

Campgrounds are numerous, although the quality varies, as is the case in other parts of Iceland. In some places a great deal of effort has been put into developing fine campgrounds with diverse facilities and services. Excellent campgrounds can be found, not only in every town but also at such places as Bakkaflötur in Skagafjörður, Hrafnagil and Húsabrekka in the vicinity of Akureyri, Vaglaskógur woods, and Jökulsárgljúfur National Park (at Ásbyrgi).

Farm Holidays

Staying at a farm is a unique alternative and a fine choice for those who seldom venture from cities and wish to experience the bucolic side of life at least once.

Cottages

Staying at a cottage can be very cozy and it is especially convenient for families or groups of friends traveling together.

Sleeping bag accommodation

Many guesthouses, rural hotels, hostels and farmer’s lodges, offer sleeping bag accommodation, a truly economic alternative.

Hostels

Simple and inexpensive accommodation, suitable for budget minded travelers. They are principally popular with younger people opting for more basic lodgings.

Apartments

Staying at an apartment is an excellent alternative for those wanting more privacy, prefer to do their own cooking and wish to interact to the locals. Apartments are available at different price ranges.

Hotels

Iceland has many fine hotels ranging in price and quality allowing travelers to make a suitable choice.

Bed & Breakfast

B&B’s and guesthouses are all pervasive and many of them privately run. They are generally smaller and more intimate than hotels and more comfortably priced.

Mountainhuts & Cabins

 In the highlands of Iceland, mountain huts and cabins are the available option.

Camping

There are various things to keep in mind if you are planning to camp or spend the night outside organised campsites. In November 2015, new conservation legislation came into effect making changes to where it is permissible to camp. For instance, it is now illegal to spend the night in tent trailers, tent campers, caravans, camper vans or similar outside organised campsites or urban areas unless the land owner or rightholder has given their permission. Otherwise, the law lays down the following rules for camping: 

Where may I camp?

  • Along public routes in inhabited areas, you may pitch a traditional camping tent for one night on uncultivated land, provided there is no campsite in the immediate vicinity and the land owner has not restricted or prohibited access, passage or stay within the area by means of signs on gates and walking paths.
  • Along public routes in uninhabited areas, you may pitch a traditional camping tent on privately owned land or national land.
  • Away from public routes, you may pitch a traditional camping tent, either on privately owned or national land, unless otherwise indicated in special rules which may be applicable to the land area in question.  

When must I get the permission of the land owner or rightholder?

  • If you plan to camp near places of human habitation or farms.
  • If you plan to camp for longer than one night.
  • If you plan to pitch more than three tents.
  • If the land is cultivated.
  • If you plan to use tent trailers, tent campers, caravans, camper vans or similar outside organised campsites or urban areas.                

Are there any areas where I may not camp/spend the night?

  • Land owners or rightholders may restrict or prohibit camping if there is substantial risk of damage to the country’s natural environment.
  • If the landowner or rightholder has prepared a special camping area on their land, they may direct travellers to it and charge a service fee. Similarly, if there is a campsite in the vicinity, the landowner or rightholder may direct travellers to it.
  • There may be restrictions on camping in protected areas (see below).  

Álafoss

Camping and overnight stays not allowed.

Blábjörg á Berufjarðarströnd

Camping and overnight stays not allowed.

Bringur í Mosfellsdal

Camping and overnight stays not allowed.

Dimmuborgir

Camping and overnight stays not allowed.

Dyrhólaey

Camping and overnight stays only with the permission of the Environment Agency of Iceland.

Fjallabak

You may camp in marked camping areas. Hikers may camp alongside marked walking paths. Elsewhere, you may camp or spend the night only with specific permission from the Environment Agency of Iceland.

Grábrókargígar í Norðurárdal

Camping and overnight stays only with the permission of the Environment Agency of Iceland.

Herðubreiðarfriðland

You may camp in marked areas. Elsewhere, permission from the Environment Agency of Iceland is required.

Hverfjall/Hverfell

Camping and overnight stays not allowed.

Ingólfshöfði

Camping and overnight stays only with the permission of the Environment Agency of Iceland and local supervisors.

Kattarauga

Camping and overnight stays not allowed.

Kirkjugólf

Camping and overnight stays not allowed.

Mývatn

Camping and overnight stays not allowed outside marked camping areas.

Seljahjallagil, Bláhvammur, Þrengslaborgir and surrounding areas

 Camping and overnight stays not allowed.

Skógarfoss

Camping and overnight stays not allowed outside marked camping areas.

Skútustaðagígar

Camping and overnight stays not allowed. 

Snæfellsjökull National Park

Hikers and cyclists must get the permission of the ranger. Otherwise, camping and overnight stays not allowed.

Ströndin við Stapa og Hellna 

Camping and overnight stays not allowed.

Teigarhorn

Camping and overnight stays not allowed.

Vatnajökull National Park

With the Park, visitors must use organised campsites for tents, tent trailers, tent campers, caravans and camper vans. Away from organised campsites, you may pitch a traditional camping tent for one night. Groups with ten or more tents, however, must seek permission from the ranger. When camping outside organised campsites, care should be taken not to cause any damage and to take all litter and refuse to an inhabited area. 

Camping outside marked campsites is forbidden in the following areas:

  • In Jökulsárgljúfur.
  • In areas of Askja under special protection.
  • In the lowlands of Hoffellssvæði and Heinabergssvæði.
  • In Skaftafellsheiði, Bæjarstaðarskógur and Morsárdalur. Camping is, however, allowed in the Skaftafell mountains over 400 m above sea level and in the area at the mouth of the Kjós river. Travellers should get information from the National Park on camping in these areas.

 

 Þingvellir National Park

 Camping and overnight stays not allowed outside marked camping areas.

 

More info http://www.ust.is/einstaklingar/frettir/frett/2016/06/30/May-I-camp-anywhere-/

 

Here you see designated camp-sites.

Guesthouses

B&B’s and guesthouses are all pervasive and many of them privately run. They are generally smaller and more intimate than hotels and more comfortably priced.

North Iceland

Towns & Villages

Society and the economy have many faces. Whereas agriculture is the mainstay of rural areas, the towns depend upon fishing, industry, trade and a range of services, with each village having its own characteristics though they all prove hospitable hosts. 
The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

Explore map with pictures

Map Akureyri Hrafnagil Grímsey Raufarhöfn Kópasker Þórshöfn Bakkafjörður Húsavík Mývatn Laugar Svalbarðseyri Grenivík Hjalteyri Hauganes Árskógssandur Dalvík Hrísey Ólafsfjörður Siglufjörður Hofsós Hólar Varmahlíð Sauðárkrókur Skagaströnd Blöndós Hvammstangi Laugarbakki Borðeyri