Camping in Iceland
June 25, 2018
Iceland was one of the best and most challenging camping trips we’ve done. We went in May and after being told by a friend that ‘the weather will be fine, you’ll just need a jumper in the evenings’. We were perhaps a little bit under prepared for sleeping out in the elements. But, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, right?
I’m exaggerating a bit but in all honestly, we had one night in the tent in Iceland where we didn’t sleep at all. Partly because we didn’t take the fact that it doesn’t get dark in the summer very seriously, but also because it was absolutely freezing.
We spent the night with every single item of clothing on that we’d brought with us, zipped right up in our sleeping bags because it wasn’t worth leaving any part of your skin exposed! It wasn’t our best nights sleep but it was definitely a night to remember. I would advise anyone thinking of camping in Iceland to just be more prepared (and don’t ask our friend for weather advice), we were a bit too naive.
Having said that, the trip was incredible and Iceland has been one of my favourite places to visit. Here’s a few pictures taken with a medium format camera from our trip. The picture with our tent was in Thingvellir National Park, where we had gale force winds through the night. But our tent survived and so did we.
Our best memory of the campsite at Thingvellir is waking up to find a group of toddlers at the campsite for a day trip with their school. They were all dressed in full snowsuits, which will give you an idea of the temperatures we were camping in.
One of the best campsites we went to whilst in Iceland was in Campsite Grindavik – Tjaldsvaedi, very close to the Blue Lagoon. It’s really well set up for campers, with a communal area and a little kitchen that you can cook in when the weather’s too much. The showers and toilets were excellent, recently refurbished and heated!
There’s also nothing like an afternoon at the Blue Lagoon to warm you up after an ice cold night and remind you why you came to Iceland.