Accommodation

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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).

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-/

Sleeping bag accommodation

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

Hotels

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

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.

Mountainhuts & Cabins

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

Cottages

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

Hostels

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

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.

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.

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.

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