The Cozy Campers Guide to Iceland

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Nína Hjördís Þorkelsdóttir

The Cozy Campers Guide to Iceland

Hi there! Since you'll soon embark on the road trip of your dreams, we figured that some tips and recommendations about fun things to do in Iceland might come in handy. Enjoy!

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Reykjavik and Vicinity

Reykjavik is a charming city and there are also plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures within a short reach from the capital...

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Hallgrimskirkja
Nína:This famous church in Reykjavik is definitely worth visiting. Don't forget to bring your camera for the perfect Instagram post.
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Elding Whale Watching
Nína:You have to see the whales while in Iceland!!! This tour takes off from the Old Harbour in Reykjavik and then you spend around three hours at sea, spotting these magnificent animals.
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Image - Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre
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Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Nína:Harpa is a concert hall by the harbour, designed among others by Danish/Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson. A stunning building and a great concert venue.
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Image - Sun Voyager
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Sun Voyager
Nína:One of Reykjavik's most famous outdoor sculptures, resembling a ship.
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Vesturbæjarlaug
Nína:One of the best swimming pools in Reykjavik!
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Laugardalslaug
Nína:Also one of the best and biggest swimming pools in Reykjavik. Located near the camping ground in Laugardalur.
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South Iceland

The south coast of Iceland is FULL of breathtaking attractions. Here are the higlights:

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The Reykjadalur Hot Spring Hike on Your Own
Nína:If you have time, you should do this short hike that ends with a natural bath in geothermal water.
Image - Seljalandsfoss
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Seljalandsfoss
Nína:A waterfall by the Ring Road that you can actually walk behind!
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Skógafoss
Nína:Probably the most picturesque waterfall in Iceland. There's also a nice campsite in Skógar (by the waterfall).
Image - Reynisfjara
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Reynisfjara
Nína:Such a dramatic black beach! You have to do a little pit stop there because it's pretty incredible.
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$ 155
Experience
Sólheimajökull Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike
Nína:If you're planning on glacier hiking at least once in your life, now is the moment!
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$ 50
Experience
1 Hour Guided Kayak Group Tour in Stokkseyri
Nína:A unique kayaking experience in a pretty little village called Stokkseyri.
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Seljavallalaug in the Midnight Sun
Nína:Check out this unique geothermal pool in south Iceland.
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$ 127
Experience
Snorkeling in Silfra: In between Two Continents
Nína:This might be the coolest snorkeling experience you'll ever have (literally!).

East Iceland

The east of Iceland is still off the tourist radar...which means less crowds and untouched nature. Here's what you need to see in the east:

Image - Zodiac Tour on Glacier Lagoon Iceland
$ 98
Experience
Glacier Lagoon Zodiac Tour
Nína:Sailing on this magnificent lagoon is out of this world!
Image - Hoffell Hot Tubs
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Hoffell Hot Tubs
Nína:Anyone up for chilling in hot tubs in the wild nature?
Image - Hiking in Skaftafell National Park
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Hiking in Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park
Nína:Skaftafell is a great place to hike and camp.

North Iceland

Plenty of gorgeous gems of nature in the north too. Here are some must-visits:

Image - Dettifoss
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Dettifoss
Nína:The most powerful waterfall in Europe. An awe-inspiring sight.
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Ásbyrgi
Nína:This unique canyon is also a great place for camping.
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Akureyri: Paradise of the North
Nína:Akureyri is the second biggest city in Iceland. If you're driving the Ring Road, you'll surely be stopping there for at least half a day. This article is perfect for local recommendations about this charming town.
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$ 80
Experience
Húsavík Original Whale Watching Tour
Nína:Húsavík is the "Whale Watching" capital of Iceland. Stop there for half a day to go on a whale watching tour.
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Sundlaugin á Hofsósi
Nína:This swimming pool can be found in a town called Hofsós. It's soooo stunning!
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$ 126
Experience
The Beer Spa
Nína:If you've ever fantasized about bathing in beer, your dreams will come true in the beer spa in Árskógasandur, North Iceland.
Image - Goðafoss Waterfall
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Goðafoss Waterfall
Nína:Such a pretty waterfall, located by the Ring Road.

Westfjords Peninsula

So many people skip this part of Iceland while traveling around the country, which is a pity! It's actually one of the most fascinating regions of the country.

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Hellulaug: A Unique Geothermal Hot Pool in the Westfjords
Nína:Hellulaug is one of the most amazing natural hot pools in Iceland, located in the southern part of the peninsula.
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Rauðisandur Beach
Nína:A red beach in the southern part of the Westfjords.
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Látrabjarg
Nína:The biggest bird cliff in Europe!
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Dynjandi
Nína:This waterfall is so incredibly pretty!
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Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
Nína:The Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is a secluded area in the northern part of the Westfjords Peninsula. No cars are allowed, but this place is perfect for hiking.
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West Iceland

The best of the West:

Image - Kirkjufell mountain
Place
Kirkjufell
Nína:A mountain that all Game of Thrones fans will recognise instantly!
Image - Snaefellsjokull Glacier in West Iceland
Story
West Iceland: A Region Guide
Nína:A thorough guide on the western region of Iceland.
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$ 59
Experience
Viking Sushi in Stykkisholmur
Nína:Catch and eat some fresh delicacies from the sea in Stykkishólmur, Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Image - Hraunfossar
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Hraunfossar
Nína:A beautiful waterfall, located close to the Ring Road.
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Place
Grábrók
Nína:A pretty cool crater close to the road. The hike takes just a few minutes so it's an ideal opportunity to get out of the car and get some fresh air.
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Wonderguide map

  1. Hallgrimskirkja
  2. Elding Whale Watching
  3. Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre
  4. Sun Voyager
  5. Vesturbæjarlaug
  6. Laugardalslaug
  7. Seljalandsfoss
  8. Skógafoss
  9. Reynisfjara
  10. Sólheimajökull Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike
  11. Snorkeling in Silfra: In between Two Continents
  12. Glacier Lagoon Zodiac Tour
  13. Hoffell Hot Tubs
  14. Skaftafell Blue Ice Cave Adventure & Glacier Hike
  15. Dettifoss
  16. Ásbyrgi
  17. Sundlaugin á Hofsósi
  18. The Beer Spa
  19. Goðafoss Waterfall
  20. Rauðisandur Beach
  21. Látrabjarg
  22. Dynjandi
  23. Fish & Dine: Your Own Fresh Catch Of The Day
  24. Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
  25. Kirkjufell
  26. Snæfellsjökull National Park
  27. Viking Sushi in Stykkisholmur
  28. Hraunfossar
  29. Puffin Tour from Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  30. Into the Glacier Classic Tour | Meet on Location
  31. Grábrók

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