Camping in Iceland.
Today’s post is the first one written by Randy!
If you’ve got $8.50 in your bank account and a tent, then you have enough to travel to Iceland on a budget.
Traveling in Iceland is expensive, but the Reykjavik Campsite offers up tenting on a grassy lawn for under $9 a person in Reyjkavik. In a city, and country for that matter, where a cup of coffee averages $3, this by far the cheapest way to see to Iceland’s vibrant boutique laden capital city on a budget. In fact, they actually rent tents as well for an extra $10/day if you don’t want to carry your tent with you.
(Our campsite in Iceland.)
Located 15 minutes–walking time– from the downtown area, the campground has clean showers, bathrooms and an abundance of hot water. In addition, the campground offers a kitchen area with hot plates, numerous picnic tables (that provide a bustling social atmosphere) and free wifi. And if that’s not enough, it is operated in conjunction with Reyjkavik City Hostel, run by Hosteling International. Literally, a stone’s throw from the campground, the hostel’s common area, which looks more like a ski lodge, provides free wifi, more bathrooms and showers, and laundry.
Reykjavik Campground is located less than 2 miles from Reykjavik’s city center, and is open from May 15th – September 15th. According to their website the campground “can accommodate up to 650 persons in tents, cabins, cars or caravans so it is almost impossible that you will not find a place to stay. Therefore reservations are not required and spaces are not held.”
With limited budget options in Reyjkavik, as well as Iceland, the Reykjavik Campground is a great way to enjoy the city on a budget. Also another item worth noting is the fact that the campground is located right next door to one of the city’s thermal pools – Laugardalslaug . We visited the pools a couple of times and we loved it aside from the group showering! After a day walking around the city, relaxing in the pools is fantastic!
(The hostel in front of the campground.)
Note from Beth: We were spoiled camping in Rejkavik. The location was perfect (we never had to use public transportation), the price was budget friendly and having the comforts of the hostel right next door was the icing on the cake. Also if you want to use public transportation there is a bus stop right in the front of the hostel and it cost about $2.80 each way into town. We also drove around Iceland a bit and I noticed plenty of camping sites in other towns. I highly recommend camping in Iceland because it is cheap, convenient and fun. The hostel charged $30/per person a night, camping cost us under $20 USD a night for the both of us and really helped us stick to our insane budget of $50/day for two people.
(Us camping in Iceland.)
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