Iceland in a campervan – what you need to know

Traveling in Iceland in a campervan was one of those things that had been on my bucket list for the longest time and I always knew that I didn’t want to do it any other way. Just the idea of being able to park your vehicle-cum-home in gorgeous locations, wake up to heartwarming views, or sleep under the starry skies with the possibility of being woken up by the bright green dancing Aurora, was something I had imagined would make for an epic trip and I had visualized these scenes so much before I planned my travel, that I knew even before I got to Iceland that it was going to be a trip of a lifetime!

Sleeping in a campervan isn’t probably the most convenient thing for most people and even when I ever-so-confidently told people about this plan, they’d look at me with skepticism. Living out of a suitcase, in a cramped space, cooking all your meals on the little gas burner and surviving low temperatures while sleeping in your vehicle isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, I guess. And it isn’t something I had done before either (okay, I did spend 5 days in an RV/ Motorhome in Wales long back, with my family) but I knew that I wanted to do it so bad and that too, in Iceland. There aren’t a lot of countries in the world that have such a well-developed camping system, with numerous campsites that are located in breathtaking backdrops, many of which are open throughout the year, and with so many companies offering campervan/ RV rental options.

Iceland in a campervan

I traveled to Iceland in October intending to see the Northern Lights (a topic that I will write about separately on how to plan a trip to see the Northern Lights in Iceland), so one of the key things I needed to keep in mind was that it was going to be cold and I needed a campervan with heating. If you're traveling in Iceland in a campervan, it is much easier to do it in the summer, when the weather is pleasant, than to do it in the winter when it can be freezing at night. However, if you choose the right campervan with adequate heating facilities, you will be fine. That will also give you the flexibility to park your vehicle-home in a place with minimal light pollution and wait for the lights to appear in the wee hours of the night.

If you’re planning to explore Iceland in a campervan, here are some tips and lessons that I learned from my experience that might be of help to you as well.

Choosing the right type of campervan

When planning to explore Iceland in a campervan, a key decision is the type of campervan you choose. While several companies have begun to offer both manual and automatic transmission options now, be ready to shell out almost double the price for an automatic over a manual. Also, if you wish to rent a 4WD campervan, you’re highly unlikely to find an automatic transmission in that. If you’re not used to driving stick-shift vehicles back home, then I definitely wouldn’t recommend taking a risk by doing that in Iceland, given that you’re in a new country, on unknown roads, which can very easily become narrow, winding and rough in parts.

You will come across several articles that will talk about the benefits of renting a 4WD vehicle in Iceland and it is true, having a vehicle that can take you off-road not only opens up a lot more remote and untouched venues with spectacular sceneries to explore, which can only be reached by traversing on the so-called ‘F-roads’ or unpaved roads but also makes driving on the normal roads easier. Having said that, even if you do not explore the F-roads and stick only to the key highways, you will end up being privy to a lot of beauty and stunning scenery.

Another thing you need to keep in mind is the size of the campervan. If you’re a solo traveler or a couple, you’ll be happy in a small camper for 2 pax, as long as you don’t mind being a little cozy and snug with your partner. If you need more space to spread out, you have options for 3 pax which is roomier than the 2-pax one. Keep in mind that these campervans do not have toilets on board, although they do have a portable gas burner that allows you to cook simple meals (boiled eggs, instant noodles in hot water, etc.). If you’re a family, you will find options for 4-5 people as well.

Numerous companies offer rentals throughout the year for the adventurers who want to explore Iceland in a campervan. After thorough research, and reading reviews, I came across a few which were reasonably priced, had a lot of manual as well as automatic options, and offered a hassle-free experience, along with comfortable campers. Most camper rental companies give out dimensions on their website, so make sure to go through that carefully. Some recommended campervan rental companies in Iceland are the following:

Go Campers: This is the one I went with finally, after careful research, renting their Go Smart automatic 2- camper, as I found the sleeping space quite adequate. There was additional storage space for the luggage, pots and pans were provided along with the portable gas burner, the heating worked on battery and lasted through the night, and the renting process was smooth. I was very happy with my experience and would highly recommend the company. They did, however, seem to lack too many options in terms of the campers available. I paid about €80 per night without any extras for the automatic, 2 pax campervan from Go Campers, in October.

Happy Campers: The good thing about this company is that they’re highly unlikely to sell out, given their large fleet of campers. However, I found them slightly higher priced than the other companies and their 2 pax camper was a lot less roomy than Go Campers’.

KuKu Campers: I liked that they’re very reasonably priced as compared to most other companies and they have quite a variety of camper models available to choose from. However, the overall package of what was available seemed more attractive to me in Go Campers and that’s why I chose them.

One very important thing to keep in mind is the heating, especially if you're traveling in Iceland in a campervan during autumn or winter months. Some companies provide options without heating, which might work well in the summer, given that you will have sleeping bags and blankets to keep you warm. However, during the colder months (October - March), internal heating in a campervan can be life-saving! Make sure the heating works on battery rather than fuel so that there is no additional cost involved in plugging into a camping site's electricity, and you have the flexibility of parking in the wild, should you choose to do so.

Buying insurance

I have rented cars in many countries across the globe but given my confidence and previous experience, I usually draw only the CDW (Collison Damage Waiver) insurance when I am renting a car. This is because buying comprehensive insurance can be extremely pricey and I’ve been (touch wood) lucky in that aspect, that I haven’t had to put in any claims for damages yet. Having said that, I had never driven a campervan before and I wasn’t sure how easy or difficult it was going to be, given the size of the vehicle as well as the reputation of the Icelandic roads, which can be extremely rough in places, even when you’re on the highway.

Buying comprehensive insurance for a campervan for 2 pax can cost anywhere between €45-€60 per day if you buy it from the rental company itself. However, there are third-party companies that will provide this at a much cheaper price. One such company is which provided me coverage of damage up to €2,700 at a reasonable price of €18 a day only!

I was glad that I did not need to claim it but it did provide me absolute peace of mind while driving around Iceland in a campervan. From the reviews that I read about them, the claims procedure sounded very smooth and not time-taking as one would expect from third party companies. However, the price for insurance offered by them might vary based on where your license is from. There might be other companies that offer better deals to US-based travelers, for example.

Selecting the extras

If you haven't rented RVs/ campervans before, then reading up about what extras to rent might be of help. This was my first ever experience of renting a camper so I guess there was a lot I learned after making some mistakes. For example, I had imagined myself putting out a camping chair, wrapping myself in warm clothes, and sipping on some red wine while watching the beautiful Northern Lights glowing in the sky at night in Iceland. However, the nights in October were so cold and freezing that I ended up being wrapped up in my blanket, sitting inside the camper with the heater on, barely managing to peep outside for a few minutes to look at the lights! The camping chairs might have been extremely useful during the summer, but the rainy and cold autumn season did not allow me to use them at all!

Having a GPS surely helps over using google maps on a local sim because of the connectivity. You will land up in several places that won't have a mobile signal so it's best not to rely on your google maps and rent a GPS instead, from the campervan rental company. It won't cost you more than €10 a day and is worth it!

I had also rented a sleeping bag, to make sure that I would be warm at night. However, the camper had extremely good heating and warm blankets, so despite the chilly nights, I never felt the need to use the sleeping bag at all. Most camper rental companies will provide several other additional options that can be rented at an extra cost - such as mobile WiFi routers, power inverters, cooling boxes, BBQ grills, etc. Choose your extras carefully based on your plan as well as the weather, because the space in the camper is usually limited and you must bring only what you need!

Managing your luggage

Given the limited space in the camper, you require careful planning on what to carry with you. I would highly recommend keeping your luggage minimal, preferably just backpacks. Although most campers do have space below the beds for storage, they're unlikely to fit big suitcases.

Most camper vans come with stove, basic pots and pans, pillows and blankets. So, as you plan your trip, ask yourself what else you would need beyond this during your trip. Small things can come very handy during the trip, like LED Lights which can be used as bedside lights, a torch as most campsites are very dark in the night, a wine/ beer bottle opener and maybe even a first aid kit. I carried some packaged food along with me, which made it convenient to cook a small meal during the times that I was on the road and not at a campsite yet. However, you can avoid this and pick up fresh/ packaged/ ready-to-eat meals at the supermarkets in Iceland itself. I found Bonus and Netto quite reasonable.

As for the alcohol, if you're a wine lover like me, try to buy all your booze from the duty-free shop at the airport when you arrive in Iceland because you'll find very limited stores in the country itself that sell alcohol. Drinking out (as well as eating out) can be extremely expensive (a simple meal can cost around €30 per person). Unlike most other European countries, grocery stores in Iceland do not sell alcohol. Apart from the airport duty-free, the next best option for buying inexpensive alcohol to carry along with you on your journey are the Vínbúdin stores. These are, however, available only in the cities if you're covering Iceland in a campervan, you will have to stay on a lookout for these stores whenever you stop at a town or city.

Planning your itinerary

My trip duration was 10 days of which I spent 8 days exploring Iceland in a campervan. While I will detail the itinerary in another blog post soon, one of the aspects I researched in Iceland was the logistics around driving. Iceland is a small country, to give you an idea it approximately the size of the state of New York with an area of 103,000 sq. km. Most attractions in the country are located close to Iceland’s ring road, also called as Þjóðvegur or Route 1, which circumvents the country and is approximately 1,300 kilometers or 800 miles long. So, if you are planning to do an 8-day trip, you are looking at driving 150-200 km easily per day.

While driving in Iceland is quite easy, with mostly tourists and few commercial vehicles, you need to be careful of the speed limits. The max speed allowed on Route 1 is 90 km/h, and 50 km/h near major towns. Another thing I encountered on some roads were nasty potholes, which didn’t make driving easy, especially since the campervan I had rented was a 2WD. Also, some roads are closed during October- March and you can only drive on F-roads if you have a 4WD. However, though this might seem a little limiting to some extremely adventurous explorers who wish to go far and beyond the frequented places, it did not seem like a big deterrent to me as most of the scenic spots in Iceland were easily accessible.

Be prepared to stop frequently while driving to take in the gorgeous scenery. There are plenty of designated spots for stopping, but be careful stopping while driving, since the highway is narrow & entirely one lane each way. Given how beautiful the landscape is, I would recommend that you take it easy while driving and spend some time soaking it all in. I wouldn’t recommend more than 3 hours of driving per day, so don’t pack your itinerary like crazy. The winds in Iceland can get wild, so be careful while driving and while opening the doors of your camper. They can literally get blown away.

If you're visiting Iceland in October, be prepared to have some unpredictable weather. This can mean unexpectedly rainy and windy days, which might mean that you may not be able to follow your itinerary to the letter. On my last day, I had planned to snorkel in Silfra, the fissure formed between the tectonic plates of Northern America and Europe. Even though the weather app on my phone seemed to show cloudy but calm weather a day before, I woke up to an extremely windy and rainy morning. At such times, you might have to get creative with your plan and find alternative options or ways to spend the day. Driving in such conditions can also be hazardous (the rental companies will advise you not to drive of the wind speeds are more than 35 - 40 mph) and activities are likely to get canceled (as did my snorkeling experience) and as disappointing as that might seem, this is when one has to be the most careful on the roads. Keep some amount of flexibility in your itinerary to account for such days, more in autumn and winter than in spring and summer.

If you're covering Iceland in a campervan in autumn/ winter, be prepared to have shorter days, allowing you less time to be able to explore. In October, the sun sets around 7 pm, so I had to make sure that I was at my campsite by then, so as to avoid driving at night. Most highways and roads in Iceland do not have street lighting, and it can get extremely dark at night. This is a fantastic condition to see the Northern Lights, no doubt, but the worst for driving so it's best to plan your day in a way that you retire in your camp by sunset.

Like most other things, fuel is quite expensive in Iceland (about €7 per gallon). N1 gas stations across the country are a convenient option, and Go Campers gave me some free coffee vouchers and a discount card for filling the tank in an N1.

Finding campsites

It is important to remember that many campsites aren’t open through the year, especially in non-peak season, so plan accordingly depending on the time of the year you go. Also, the facilities in campsites vary; while I found Wi-Fi and cooking areas in most campsites, others were just fields with (not so clean) toilets. An important tip if you are chasing the northern lights is to find a campsite which is away from major towns to avoid light pollution.

Although most campsites are open in the summer, a very useful map here will help you find those which are open during the autumn/ winter as well. However, if you're stuck in a situation (like I was one night) where you're unable to find a campsite close to your location and you cannot drive to the next one due to bad weather, there are two things you can do:

  • Ask the locals about a campsite in the area. Sometimes, there are sites which aren't listed on the maps, even google maps for that matter, and you might chance upon one such site in the area, if you're lucky
  • Although it is not really allowed anymore, most times you can park your campervan in the wild overnight without getting into any kind of trouble. I parked my campervan in a parking lot one such night, not because of the bad weather but because of how gorgeous the place was and I wanted to wake up with a view of the sunlight over the icebergs in Jökulsárlón

If you do plan to park and sleep overnight in your campervan in the wild, remember that you will not have access to any facilities such as a kitchen, toilet or bathroom unless there's a supermarket or parking lot nearby with a public washroom. Again, this may not be everyone's cup of tea but sometimes, it can allow you to wake up to insanely breathtaking scenery. Out of 8 nights in Iceland in a campervan, I spent only 1 'wild camping' and I wouldn't know an alternative place to recommend spending the night because it was probably the prettiest place to sleep.

One need not book the campsites beforehand, you can just drive in and pay. Some campsites will charge you extra for using facilities such as showers & laundry while others include it in the nightly rental. On average, you will pay €15 per person, per night in a camp with adequate facilities.

So, should you do Iceland in a campervan?

Absolutely! I personally cannot think of a better way to explore the beautiful country. Imagine the flexibility you have of being able to sleep in the middle of untouched, wild countryside, wake up to stunning scenery that is hard to get to for many people, watch the elegant Icelandic horses and other wildlife in their natural habitat, be privy to the most amazing gifts of nature bestowed upon this heaven-on-earth by having access to places that you wouldn’t normally, and cooking yourself an inexpensive, easy and tasty meal on the go, or taking a siesta just because you felt like it.

Not only is it the most flexible way to explore the country, but Iceland in a campervan also makes sense because it is the budget way to travel in one of the most expensive places in Europe. Yes, it may not be the most convenient to fit yourself in a snug and cozy space that’s nowhere near a king-size bed in a large hotel room but if, like me, you plan to spend most of your day on the go, exploring & hiking, only to retire in your camper bed at night after a day well spent, you will find your peace in your little vacation home, and the bed and mattress will become the least of your worries.

75 thoughts on “Iceland in a campervan – what you need to know”

  1. This is great advice on how to travel around Iceland in a Campervan. Usually, I backpacked, hitchhiked or rented a small car. But, I don’t think I would do that now with Darcee. She would love camping in a campervan to see all the amazing Black Beaches, Glaciers, and other amazing sites around the island!

  2. I can understand why visiting Iceland in a camper van would be ideal. Especially if you want to travel far away from Reykjavik. Having parts of the country all to yourself must have been amazing. I would love to visit in October for the Northern Lights. But not sure staying in a camper van would work for me at that time of year. I can understand why you are all bundled up inside! A great guide for things to think about.

    1. The campervan had a really nice heating system inside, it would make it all warm and cozy at night. Absolutely loved it!

  3. Exploring Iceland in a Campervan sounds like an epic adventure in itself! Do we need a special driving permit or US Driving License is valid?

  4. Wow! Excellent idea considering that Iceland is a quite expensive country. Thanks for sharing all those tips.

  5. I’d wanted to rent a campervan for my Iceland trip two years ago, but it’s not exactly the best option when travelling with 60-year-old+ parents. Guess everything worked out for the best though because now I know how to better choose the right type and which company to go for. (Will definitely have to check out Go Campers!) Great tip about checking campsites too as I thought camping in Iceland was quite common and never expected that campsites would be closed during off-seasons. Seems like I gotta get planning on that campervan road trip with friends soon!

  6. Going around Iceland in a campervan is like an ultimate adventure. This is a great way to explore Iceland at own pace. But we also have to keep a lot of things in mind, the details of those points you have mentioned very well. But is this really a less expensive option? And are the campsites free of cost? I would love to travel in a campervan, but need to know more about these.

    1. It’s actually not an expensive option because you’re saving on the hotel/ BnB cost. Campsites are not free of charge, there’s a minimal charge for parking there for the night and using their facilities (shower, kitchen, laundry).

  7. Wow!!! Thats really inspirational. I and my husband has been planning to do something similar in India. But the roads are real bad here. Just like other people, I am concerned too abut sleeping inside the van. For a few days its ok but what about long trips, does it give you backaches?

  8. When I visited Iceland in November, I wasn’t able to rent a camper van since it was out of season. Your blog definitely has inspired me to head back and experience Iceland’s more remote areas. I definitely agree that organizing insurance for renting vehicles of any kind in Iceland can be a mess but is definitely worth it. Also, great tips about purchasing alcohol. Im a huge wino so it definitely pained me to pay so much for a bottle of wine while I was there!

  9. To take a tour around this beautiful country of Iceland in campervan must be fun. I loved reading some of the basic tips to carry packaged food and using LED lights as bed side lamps and this sounds too romantic too. Asking the locals about a campsite in the area would be great as locals are the best guide. To wake up with the view of rising sun’s sunlight over the icebergs in Jökulsárlón would be really the best thing to do here.

    1. Absolutely Yukti, the sunrise over the icebergs in Jökulsárlón was the highlight of my campervan trip.

  10. I absolutely love that you did this. It’d be amazing to do. I imagine my little ones would love it too. I have to say though, I was so bummed to hear your snorkeling was canceled. But I totally agree, safety first. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. I have never traveled in a camper, but your photos look incredible! Thank you for sharing them! I would love to try it sometime!

  12. Wow, what an amazing experience. Your pictures look amazing. I haven’t been to Iceland yet and it’s been on my list forever. I’ve also never done a camper van before but my friend keeps pushing me to try. I think it’s got to happy now!

  13. Sleeping in a campervan doesn’t sound so appealing to me as I don’t think I would feel comfortable. However, I do like the freedom it offers. Iceland is such a beautiful and safe country that doing it in a campervan is definitely not a bad idea. 🙂 But I agree, Iceland does have unpredictable weather so be prepared 🙂

  14. I love the idea of being able to wake up in beautiful places. I was considering an October visit, good yo know the weather is unpredictable

  15. Okay, now I really need to get to Iceland. Touring the island would be fun in a camper van. We bought a Sprinter and are converting it but it would be too cost prohibitive to ship it over so we’d have to rent one there. Really surprised that the van isn’t that well insulated. Great tip about buying the insurance.

  16. My husband and I are hoping to do this for two weeks in the summer. Did you just pull over where you found somewhere safe (not on the side of a highway)?

    1. Yes, I absolutely did Pam. Although, it is not really legal to camp overnight in the wild, you’re supposed to be only in designated camping grounds.

  17. This would be an amazing way to explore Iceland, although I think that I could only do it for a couple of days in a campervan. Iceland is on my bucketlist and hopefully one day I will get to try it and I will rent a campervan, but just fora couple of days. I’m not sure I could go with no bathroom.

  18. Iceland is on my travel bucket list! I’ve never thought about staying in a campervan in Iceland. You provided some good tips to consider when renting a campervan such as requesting internal heating during the winter months and having extra car insurance. Will refer back to this post when I’m making travel plans for Iceland.

  19. This is a fantastic guide to touring Iceland in a camper van. I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland, but thought that it was too daunting and expensive. I’ll definitely be bookmarking this for future reference.

  20. I Iove the idea of touring Iceland by campervan. We are all into the idea of “vanlife” so this sort of trip sounds right up our alley. I also like your tip about buying alcohol at the airport. ThTs a good piece of advice I’ll hold on to.

  21. This is a beautifully written guide for what sounds like an adventure of a lifetime. I dream of adventures like camping in Iceland, but it can sometimes be overwhelming to even know where to start. I like that you recommend some rental companies at the beginning and cover pretty much everything else from there in a clear and fun-to-read way. The pictures are also stunning!

  22. I’ve never done any campervan/RV trip before, but your Iceland experience is totally inspiring me. I bet waking up with such a surreal landscape on your trip would be an ultimate experience of a lifetime!

    1. Yes Ana, it sure was! I would highly encourage you to try it out, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

  23. Too many practical difficulties while traveling in camper vans. But the experience is rich and memorable! I really like the kind of independence it offers. And the added bonus of night photography from the warmth of your van. I am just worried on one factor… the weather! What if it turns too harsh? Great pictures, informative experience shared.

    1. You can always prepare for harsh weather! Like I said, have a plan B. That’s key in Iceland. Also, the best part is, if you’re stuck in a place when the weather turns back, you can always tuck yourself in your camper (no need to go too far) and enjoy a nice nap!

  24. Loved your pictures and the fabulous guide. This is very helpful. Rather you have just tempted me to tray a campervan in Iceland. With your own campervan, you can stop and have fun wherever you want. Every word in the blog speaks of the fun and adventures that you had on this trip. The internal heating is very important during the winters. The landscape is so pretty.

    1. Iceland is perhaps one of the prettiest countries I’ve been to. Such a dream for nature lovers!

  25. Thanks Medha for writing this detailed post. We really want to do Iceland road trip in camper van once in lifetime and surely your this post is going to help us to plan. I am already drooling over the beauty of this place. Can you please brief us on the total expenses too

    1. Hello Suruchi, I am working on detailing out the itinerary for 10 days and will provide an indicative budget with that as well. Will share it shortly! x

  26. We explored the NC500 in a campervan and loved the experience. So doing Iceland in a campervan would be a great next adventure. We love the flexibility it provides. And found campsites to be great. As you mentioned having proper heat and run on battery is key. Cost wise it seems Iceland is a bit on the pricy side for campervans and like you we would have to budget for and do the insurance. We have had bad experiences with punctured tires so we feel strongly about having appropriate coverage. Can’t wait to do an Iceland campervan adventure and hopefully see northern lights

    1. I absolutely agree about comprehensive coverage when renting a campervan. Iceland is surely on the pricey side, in every aspect.

  27. This sounds incredible! Visiting Iceland and seeing the Northern Lights has been a dream of mine and this sounds like an amazing way to explore the island. Thanks for the detailed info, I’ll definitely save it for when I finally get to do it myself. How did you find driving and camping by yourself?

  28. Visiting Iceland is on our bucket list and I’d love to rent a campervan and head off exploring its more off-the-beaten-path sights and sleep under those starry skies (with hopefully a glimpse of the Auroras). Thanks for the recommendations regarding some of the campervan rental companies – the option of automatic campervans for our family sounds ideal to me. You were certainly able to get a great deal for the insurance from Rentalcover – I’ll look into their offers when I plan the visit. Your thorough guide will help me plan a tour of Iceland in a campervan – pinning it for future reference.

  29. Island in a campervan is on our list, too. But now we realize another dream – the US in a camper. We have been living in a camper truck for five months now. When we return to Europe for sure, we will go to the Island. We were in Scotland and Norway in a campervan. So it’s time for Island know. So thanks for the detailed guide, it will help plan our trip. Good recommendation for the rental company, it’s essential. The size of a van is necessary; in small, it is easier to park and go everywhere. And insurance too. Great photos of your trip!

    1. Wow Agnes, I have high admiration for you guys staying in a camper truck for 5 years! You’re clearly seasoned camper travellers. You will absolutely love doing it in Iceland. Scotland and Norway sounds like great countries to explore in a campervan too. I plan to do this in Alaska next year, can’t wait!

  30. Now I wish I would’ve rented a camper van rather than a regular car… we could’ve saved so much on Airbnbs and seen so much more of the country. Such a neat experience for a beautiful and diverse country!

  31. Firstly thanks for the detailed guide. This has been something I was meaning to do in the spring or summer. Where did you pick up the campervan ? The price sounds reasonable in expensive Iceland. I was there in March to catch the Northern Lights. The cold and the wind were brutal even then. So you are really brave for handling these conditions and I am happy to read about it.

  32. I really want to see Iceland in a campervan, I have been in March before and seen the northern lights and really want to go back and do a road trip in summer. Your pictures look amazing and I can’t wait to be able to go. I am not a fan of the cold though and I think despite vans having heating am not sure I would want to brave winter or driving in the snow!! One day though I am going to do this trip, it looks amazing.

    1. I went in the autumn, not winter really. Did not encounter snow though the weather was quite unpredictable, cold and wet in most parts. Summer would definitely be amazing, especially because you’ve already seen the Northern Lights, you could now focus on just the exploring bit. You also have longer days in the summer!

  33. Fantastic guide and something I am actually hoping to do in the near future, however not quite sure how to do the whole ring road yet. Campervan? Drive a car and stay in hotels? or shall I cycle it or run it? Not quite sure yet but it is still a dream of mine to do something crazy on this road (I am into my fitness). Good tip on the pot holes, I am sure the winter conditons make the roads horrible to drive on.

    1. Wow, I can only imagine what an adventure it would be to cycle it, though it can hard because of the roads in most places. Driving a car and staying in hotels will deprive you of some really amazing camping spots though but I also understand that sleeping in a campervan isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I look forward to hearing about your experiences, should you plan a really crazy way of doing the Ring Road!

  34. This sounds like an adventure I would love!! Good to know about the alcohol issue, I’d definitely get some wine at the duty free shop too. It must have been stunning to see the northern lights from the camper van, even if it was too freezing to step outside haha

  35. Exploring Iceland in a camper van seems wonderful and great way to enjoy the sightseeing! I haven’t done any such trips and your blog is so detailed about giving idea on it.I am looking forward to your next post on Iceland.

  36. This guide is insanely helpful! I am going to Iceland next year for the first time with my family and I’m super looking forward to it. However, I feel like I’m going to have to book a second trip to try it in a campervan for sure!

  37. I think that in general, it is a good idea, however, I used to live in Iceland and you need to be careful where are you parking your van. It is not always legal and you can get a massive fine for parking on places, where you shouldn’t.

    1. Yes, of course! You cannot park on private property, for example. I only wild camped one night and that too, in a public parking, not on private land. Otherwise, I agree, it makes more sense to look for a camping site.

    1. Oh, Iceland is so much more than Reykjavik! Hope you go back soon and explore the rest of the country.

  38. Would never have thought of this. Wouldn’t mind doing this with a glass roof to see the dancing lights. How did you keep warm?
    The views are beautiful and I bet you got to go places you wouldn’t normally ad a tourist.

    1. Unfortunately the roof isn’t glass or that would’ve been perfect for the northern lights viewing right from the bed! You do have windows though. The campervan was well-heated!

  39. Exploring iceland in campervan is indeed a wonderful idea. I never heard about it before but i think for a couple or a group, it is one if the best ways to bond and enjoy the company. Thank you for a detailed post on the same.

  40. You are a brave soul! I love the idea of renting a camper van and seeing Iceland, but when I saw you in your winter coat and then the interior of the van, I thought that the reality of being cold and then, having to go to the bathroom outside would be the end of me! LOL.

  41. Can you explain about the driving license requirements? I’ve an Indian license, how can I get a temporary license if I plan to drive through Iceland or EU in general?

    1. I have a UAE license and have never needed an international license anywhere in EU. I’m pretty sure they will be accepting of an Indian license as well (they quote the main requirement as being in English) but you can always drop an email to one of the rental companies to confirm this when you’re making the booking.

  42. I had never considered exploring Iceland on a campervan but there are some great suggestions here that has made me to rethink. It makes perfect sense to be able to park anywhere and at anytime to catch the best views! Great post with good tips for campervan travel.

  43. There are some places that wre definitely better explored on the road and a camper van is pretty much the best option and quite cost effective. Your post is really detailed and helpful and those photos look just stunning. Thanks for sharing this!

  44. What a great way to explore Iceland on a lower budget. I don’t drive, but my partner does so maybe I can convince him to do this. 🙂

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