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FAQ – useful information while travelling in Iceland on a campervan

What do I need to know before visiting Iceland?

Prepare for any weather even in summer, thermal and rain clothes should be in your bag. Almost every person in Iceland speaks good English so it easy to get by even in you don’t speak Icelandic. Iceland is technology advanced county and we have great mobile service though out Iceland except for the highlands.

What is the best time to visit Iceland?

There is no right answer to this question as people are different in terms of what they are looking for. It will be easiest to visit in Iceland as road conditions will be the best and all the camping sites will be open, but it will be more crowded as most people do visit in the summer, the weather will also be mildest in the summer. Visiting in the spring and fall is gaining popularity as there are less people around at the tourist attractions but driving conditions may not always be perfect and the weather can change continually.
visiting in the winter can be fun as Iceland looks totally different in it winter colours but again with snow on the road it’s not as easy to get around but all our camper will be equipped for the conditions and with the heating system you should not get cold at all.

Is Iceland really that expensive?

Well, Iceland is not cheap but if you plan well it can be affordable. By avoiding shopping at gas stations and smaller convince stores you can save a lot. Get supplies in Bónus and Krónan and cook in the camper. Access to many of Iceland’s tourist attraction is free but some places may charge for parking and bathroom access.

What roads are the campers allowed on?

Our campers are allowed on paved roads and gravel roads that carry a road number. However, you are not allowed to take them on roads marked as F-roads (mountain roads) as well as Kjölur (Road 35) and Kaldidalur (Road 550)

What should I wear in Iceland?

It really depends on the season, but thermal and waterproof clothes should be in you pack what ever the season. In the summer (June – August) you can expect average temperatures from 7°C up to 15°C with temperatures reaching up above 20°C on the best days, So back anything from shorts to a thick coat. In the winter the average temperature differs a lot between parts of the county but -6°C up to 3°C are the average temperatures in populate places. So, skip the shorts if you are visiting in winter time and pack lots of thermals.

Travelling in Iceland during winter

For winter we equip all our campers with studded winter tires for better traction and safety. But you must always driver extra carefully as the camper may slide around if it loses grip. Main roads get cleared of snow quickly and most main roads ger 7 days a week service. If the conditions get bad roads may be closed. Always check the weather forecast and road conditions before heading out on the road.

What should I bring with me to Iceland in the summer?

Outwear

  • Waterproof shell jackets
  • Packable down west or jacket
  • Hiking pants
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Hat / Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Scarf / Buff

Clothing

  • Thermal top and bottom
  • Layering shirts
  • Fleece legging
  • T-shirts
  • Jeans / sweatpants
  • Undergarments
  • Pyjamas

Footwear

  • Hiking boots
  • Walking shoes
  • Casual shoes
  • Flip flops – for hot springs
  • Hiking socks

Travel

  • Passport/ID
  • Driver license and International driving permit
  • Credit/debit cards
  • Hotel and flight info
  • Itinerary
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping mask
  • Neck pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Electronics

ETC.

  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Day bag
  • Reusable water bottler – Safe the environment don’t buy bottled water
  • Mosquito net
  • Medicines / prescriptions
  • Basic first aid
  • Camera gear

What should I bring with me to Iceland in the winter time?

Outwear

  • Parka
  • Packable down west or jacket
  • Hiking pants
  • Snow pants
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Hat / Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Scarf / Buff

Clothing

  • Thermal top and bottom
  • Wool sweaters
  • Layering shirts
  • Fleece legging
  • T-shirts
  • Jeans / sweatpants
  • Undergarments
  • Pyjamas

Footwear

  • Hiking boots / Snow boots
  • Casual shoes
  • Flip flops – for hot springs
  • Crampons
  • Hiking socks

Travel

  • Passport/ID
  • Driver license and International driving permit
  • Credit/debit cards
  • Hotel and flight info
  • Itinerary
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping mask
  • Neck pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Electronics

ETC.

  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Day bag
  • Reusable water bottler – Safe the environment and don’t buy bottled water
  • Head lamp
  • Medicines / prescriptions
  • Basic first aid
  • Camera gear

Where can I find Campsites in Iceland?

Here’s a map that shows campsites in Iceland

Open in summer

Open in winter

Where Can I find Toilets out on the road?

You can find toilets at:

  • Campsites
  • Gas stations
  • Tourist attractions
  • Restaurants

Some places may charge for the usage and as a general rule toilet are for paying customers

Where can I find showers in Iceland?

You can find showers at:

  • Campsites
  • Geothermal Swimming Pools (Located in every small town around Iceland)

Most campsites charge for the usage of showers or limit the time so we recommend using the geothermal swimming pool as then you can take a dip, go to the hot tub or sauna for a about the same price as the campsite showers.

Do I need any shots before visiting Iceland?

No, you should not need any shots before visiting Iceland, but we’re not doctors to consult your doctor if you want to be extra safe.

Is Iceland Dangerous?

Iceland isn’t dangerous in general but as with every place if you are reckless danger will find you anywhere. When visiting attractions in Iceland follow signs posted and keep on paths and don’t cross any barricades as they are there for a reason. Drive according to your skill level and be extra careful at one lane bridges, gravel roads and blind crests. Also note that farm animals may be close to the roads and may cross it specially sheep.

Is it safe to visit Iceland now?

In general Iceland is very safe and it is amongst the safest countries in the world, even if your traveling solo. You will of course have to use common sense out on the road, by following the speed limit, park in a safe manner. Do not leave valuables out in the open and always lock the camper when leaving it. In the winter you must also check on road safety website before heading out in your camper.

How long do I need to visit Iceland for?

If you live close to Iceland, coming for a long weekend is fine. But if you have a very long flight then we recommend a longer stop to get more out of you trip. If you want to cover the whole island in one trip, we recommend 2 – 3 weeks. That will give you enough time to stop at all the interesting places in Iceland that you might otherwise miss