Plan your Visit
Description

Camping

Camping in Vatnajökull National Park

Vatnajökull National Park operates campgrounds in Jökulsárgljúfur (Ásbyrgi and Vesturdalur), Skaftafell, Snaefell and Laki (Blágil). Campgrounds can also be found in close proximity of many huts within the national park. Please note that the campgrounds in Vesturdalur, Snaefell and Blágil have limited services.

Further information about the campground in Skaftafell

Further information about the campgrounds in Jökulsárgljúfur


The campground in Snaefell is open from 1 July to 15 September, weather permitting.

The campground in Blágil is open as soon as the road to Laki opens (usually about mid-June), and is open until the first week of September.


Vatnajökull National Park price list for 2016

Valid in the campgrounds at Skaftafell, Ásbyrgi and Vesturdalur, and the campgrounds next to the mountain huts in Snaefell and Blágil.

Camping:

Adults: ISK 1600 per night
Children 13-16 years: ISK 750 per night
Children 12 years and younger stay free of charge

Other services:

Shower: ISK 500
Electricity (24 hrs): ISK 900
Washing machine: ISK 500
Dryer: ISK 500
Brochures: ISK 500 / ISK 350
Specialised services and/or assistance (per hour): ISK 10,000

Group discount:

A group of 10 people or more is given 10% discount on camping fee prior to accommodation tax when paid upfront. To qualify for a group discount, the group leader must take care of the payment for the whole group.


Camping and general conduct

Within the park, visitors are required to use organised campgrounds when in the vicinity of one [see park´s map]. At places remote from any campground it is permissible* to pitch up to 10 conventional tents, for one night only. A permit from a park manager must be obtained if tents are more than 10. When camping away from an organised campground, visitors must avoid damaging the site, and must not leave any waste behind.

Care must be taken when using cooking equipment on vegetated land or in other areas where it can cause damage. Campfires are only permitted in designated areas (which are found at organised campgrounds). Visitors must bring their own firewood. It is not permissible to bury or burn waste inside the park.

Piling up rocks (building cairns) is not allowed, nor is removing rocks or plants. Efforts should be made not to disturb wildlife. Pets are welcome if they are kept securely under control, but care must be taken not to allow them to disrupt either the biota or the peace of other visitors.

Hikers must follow existing trails wherever these are visible. Cycling is allowed on roads, marked cycling trails and footpaths, provided cycling is not specifically banned. Motor vehicles may only be driven on recognised driving routes. Rules regarding horse-back travelling, hunting and fishing are available on the park‘s website.

*This rule does not apply to: Askja, Jökulsárgljúfur, Hoffell, Heinaberg, Esjufjöll or Skaftafell.


SnaefellAUST10Vatnajökull National Park operates two mountain huts: one in Snaefell and one in Blágil (Laki). Next to those huts are primitive campgrounds with limited services.

Other parties run campgrounds by hikers' huts at the following locations in the highlands or at the edge of the park´s highland:

Drekagil and Herðubreiðarlindir (Akureyri Touring Club);

Kverkfjöll (pictured), Geldingafell and Kollumúlavatn (Fljótsdalshérað Touring Club);

Kollumúli by Lónsöræfi (Austur-Skaftafell Touring Club);

Hólaskjól (Hólaskjól Highland Centre);

Nýidalur (Icelandic Touring Association).

The following prices are for the mountain huts run by Vatnajökull National Park in Blágil and Snaefell (not to be confused with Skaftafell). Please note that both of these huts have a limited service standard, with the type-B hut being more primitive:

Accommodation in type-A mountain hut (Snæfell):

Adults: ISK 6000 per night
Children 13-16 years: ISK 3000 per night
Children 12 years and younger stay free of charge

Contact snaefellsstofa@vjp.is for information about the hut in Snæfell.

Accommodation in type-B mountain hut (Blágil):

Adults: ISK 4500 per night
Children 13-16 years: ISK 2250 per night
Children 12 years and younger stay free of charge

Contact klaustur@vjp.is for information about the hut in Blágil.