Making the choice to spend your holidays in Iceland is a pretty big deal, as for many people this is a bucket-list type of vacation. Of course, because it is such a remote destination, it can also be a bit on the expensive side. But there’s no reason to let that stop you from visiting, in fact, there are ways you can have a wonderful time while sticking to a rather strict budget. One of those ways is to look into camping. With Iceland’s stunning natural beauty and scenery, there truly is no better place to camp.
Here’s a look at some of the tips you can use that will help you camp in Iceland on a budget.
Look for Free or Cheap Campsites
The first thing on your list should be to research free and cheap campsites in Iceland. There’s a good chance you’ll be surprised at how many options you have. All you have to do is compare that to the price of a standard hotel room in Iceland and the savings are nothing short of massive. Now keep in mind that Iceland does have a number of rules and laws that apply to camping for free, so you’ll want to be sure you familiarize yourself with those before you arrive.
Move Around Iceland
It’s also a good idea to move around Iceland rather than stick to one spot. While this may not save you a ton of money, it will at least allow you to experience more of what the country has to offer. Some areas such as the cities will obviously be pricier than others and can be a bit more crowded in terms of tourists.
Visit During Off-Season
You can also plan to visit Iceland in the off-season. While this may not make much of a difference in the price of your campsite it will mean you can take advantage of cheaper flights and car rentals. As well, there will be fewer tourists to contend with – not that Iceland feels too crowded outside of the major cities and towns.
Off-season in Iceland is September through May. If you want to enjoy the warmest off-season months then April and May are the best. Not only are they warmer but you’ll get lots of sunshine and little rain during this time – perfect for camping.
Because of Iceland’s location, it’s also important to be aware of how much daylight you’ll get each day. If you visit in January, be prepared for only four to six hours’ worth. Meanwhile, if you come in April, it will stay bright until midnight.
Hit the Discount Supermarket on the Way to Your Campsite
The final tip is to do a little discount grocery shopping before you head to your campsite. Many of the campsites are in remote locations, so you don’t want to hold out and assume you’ll find supplies there. Discount supermarkets will give you the most bang for your buck, as food can be expensive to buy in Europe. Choosing local items can also help to bring down the price.
By using each of these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy an incredible dream vacation in Iceland, all while sticking to a budget.