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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).  
 

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

Others

Hegranes Camping ground
  • Félagsheimilið Hegranes
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 899-3231
Heiðarbær
  • Reykjahverfi
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3903
Reykir Camping site
  • Reykir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 821-0090, 821-0091
Grímstunga Camping Ground
  • Grímstunga
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4294, 899-9991
Steinsstaðir Travel Service
  • Lambeyri Steinstaðabyggð
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 899-8762, 453-8812
Guesthouse Langafit
  • Laugarbakki
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2987, 616-3304
Kópasker Camping Ground
  • Austurtröð 4
  • 670 Kópasker
  • 864-2157
Illugastaðir kaffihús
  • Vatnsnes
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 894-0695
Hvammstangi Camping Ground
  • Brekkugata 12
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 899-0008
Ferðaþjónustan Bjargi
  • Bjarg
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4240
Camping site Grímsey island
  • Grímsey
  • 611 Grímsey
  • 467-3102
Lauftún
  • Seyluhreppur
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8133, 894-4043
Sæberg HI Hostel
  • Reykjaskóli, Hrútafjörður
  • 500 Staður
  • 894-5504
Húnaver
  • Bólstaðarhlíðarhreppur
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-7110
Fossholl by Godafoss
  • Fosshóll
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3108
Holar Camping site
  • Hólar Hjaltadal
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 899-3231
Bordeyri Camping site
  • Borðeyri
  • 500 Staður
  • 849-7891
Ártún Travel Service
  • Ártún, Grýtubakkahreppur
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 463-3267, 892-3591
Huni Hótel
  • Húnavallaskóli
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 456-4500, 691-2207
Nýidalur - Iceland Touring Association
  • Mörkin 6, 108 Reykjavík
  • 568-2533
Akureyri - Þórunnarstræti Camping Ground
  • Hafnarstræti 49
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-3379
Guesthouse Kiðagil
  • Barnaskóla Bárðdæla
  • 645 Fosshóll
  • 464-3290, 895-3291
Vesturdalur Camping Ground - Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður
  • Vesturdalur Jökulsárgljúfrum
  • 671 Kópasker
  • 470-7100

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