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The Icelandic Camping Card - Everything You Should Know

Many of the tourists coming to Iceland decide to do a camper rental. It has become very popular and is also one of the easiest and most enjoyable way to explore the island. As you have probably heard already, Iceland has banned wild camping since 2015. This is due to the extensive damage of the fragile flora we have in Iceland. Since then you are only allowed to stay in the designated areas and in campsites.

In this post you will find all the useful information about the camping card. It will make your life easier, and help you save some money while camping in Iceland.

What is the Icelandic camping card?

A couple having their meal on a campsite in Iceland with their rented campervan, looking at the picturesqua landscape

The Icelandic camping card is basically a camping pass which gives you access to about 40 campsites around Iceland. Sounds nice right? You can use it for two adults and up to four children up to age 16.

It was first introduced in 2007 and turned out to be a huge success. This card become a big advantage and has enjoyed recognition among tourists and Icelanders today.

The main aim of this card was to give access to many campsites around the whole island, helping you save money at the same time.

Some of the campsites in Iceland are quite expensive. In Reykjavik you will pay around 1200 - 2000 ISK per night / per person. Using the camping card, you are charged per unit (motorhome, campervan, or car.

The card is valid for 28 days, so the longer your trip is, the more profitable the card becomes. As mentioned below, the card is valid per unit so per motorhome or a campervan. Imagine that you travel with a party of five people. With the camping card you are counted as one unit instead of five. This will help you save a lot of money.

Beware that this card can be used only for the period when most of campsites are open. This is only until September 15th. If you are travelling in winter, you will not be able to purchase the card.

How much does the Icelandic camping card cost?

Maximize savings with the Campingcard in Iceland: Pay €179 once for 28 nights of camping at select sites during the peak season.

Remember that the cost of the card is non refundable and the company does not take any responsibility for some campsites being closed or being under maintenance for any reason.

If there are more than 2 adults in your party, the third person will have to pay for their own camping card, or simply pay for the campsites on their own. Also note that if you have more than one motorhome, campervan or tent, you will also be charged extra, as the camping card is for one unit only.

A magnificent view on Brennisteinsalda camping in the Landmannalaugar area with the view on mountains covered with some snow

How do I get it?

It is very easy to purchase the card as you can do everything online on the official website. You can even pay by Paypal and get it sent to your address. Please beware of the shipping time! It is good to order it in advance so you receive with with enough notice.

  • Scandinavia  4-6 working days

  • Western Europe 5-8 working days

  • Other European Countries 8-10 working days

  • Rest of the world 4-15 working days

You can also get the camping card at the post offices, participating campsites, 10-11 supermarkets and also the tourist information offices below:

  • Iceland Travel Assistance,

  • Aðalstræti 17 What´s On,

  • Laugavegur 5 ITM Tourist information,

  • Bankastræti 2 Information center in East Iceland,

  • Miðvangi 1-3 700 Egilsstaðir Information center in South Iceland,

  • Sunnumörk 2 810 Hveragerði Information center in Seyðisfjörður,

  • Ferjuleiru 1 710 Seyðisfjörður Guide to Iceland,

  • City Hall,

  • Tjarnargötu 11

You can check further details on the official website:

A female tourist making her meal on camping in Iceland with the sea on the background

The Icelandic camping card - Everything you should know

Hopefully we answered all your questions regarding the Icelandic Camping card and now it is all cleared up. Before planning your whole itinerary and routes, have a look at the campsites that accept the camping card.

Frequently asked questions about Icelandic camping card

Is it worth getting a camping card in Iceland?

Yes, it is worth getting a camping card in Iceland for those planning to camp multiple times. It offers access to numerous campsites across the country at a fixed price, potentially saving money and simplifying the camping process.

Are campsites in Iceland cash or card?

Most campsites in Iceland accept both cash and card, but it is increasingly common for them to prefer or require card payments due to convenience and security.

How do you pay for camping in Iceland?

You can pay for camping in Iceland either at the campsite's reception (where available) using cash or card, through an automated payment station, or via online booking platforms when available.

How much does it cost to go to Iceland campsite?

The cost of camping in Iceland varies but typically ranges from 1500 to 2500 ISK per person per night. Prices can vary based on the campsite's facilities and location.

What travel card is best for Iceland?

For tourists, prepaid travel cards that offer good exchange rates and low or no foreign transaction fees are best. Cards from Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted throughout Iceland.

Are campsites in Iceland free?

Most campsites in Iceland charge a fee, but there are a few exceptions in remote areas. However, the Camping Card offers access to a network of campsites for a single fee, making it a cost-effective option for travelers.   

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Dec 08, 2023

I am sorry but this is really not clear. So we purchase this card and then what does it offer? Free stay at those camp sites? discounts? If the latter what type of discounts are we talking about?

Overall what the benefits for getting this card really would deserve to be mentioned.


Jun 21, 2021

Hello, thank you for this post. We just planned our Iceland trip for May, 2022 and I was wondering.. when does the next years' Camping Card usually go on sale? Also on their website it says the cards are valid from 1 or 15 of May.. Does that mean it depends on on the weather or something? TIA! Melanie

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