Iceland Camping on a Shoestring

Problem: You want to fully explore Iceland but dont have loads of cash at your disposal. Solution: Take this economical nine-day adventure and get the whole experience for significantly less. This tour was specifically built for travellers who dont want to cut corners on the experience but dont mind camping and travelling a little leaner. Youll get to witness the mind-blowing geysers, waterfalls, lava formations, and other natural delights of this volcanic wonderland, plus the chance to hike glaciers, take to the sea in search of whales, and hang out in the unique city of Reykjavk, all at a reasonable cost. Suggestion: Should we rename it (Reasonable Pr)Iceland? (No. No we should not.)

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: ELRR/166367
  • Starts: Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Finishes: Reykjavík, Iceland
You will Visit
  • Reykjavík



Day 1: Reykjavík

Arrive at any time into Reykjavik.


Day 2: Reykjavík/Akureyri

Explore the West coast of Iceland en route to Akureyri. Stop and visit Grábrók Crater and Glanni Waterfall before continuing north to Hvítserkur Cliff and Kolugljúfur Canyon. Arrive in Akureyri in the evening and settle in to your campsite.
Icelandic people share a very strong belief in Huldufólk - or, the "hidden people". Learn more about this mystical influence as you drive through some of the most magical natural landscapes in Europe.


Day 3: Akureyri

Enjoy a free day in Akureyri. Opt to visit Mývatn nearby and explore lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the geothermal area of Námaskarð, or go rafting.
With its laid back cafes, traditional Icelandic restaurants, and easy access to some of the most incredible sights in the world, this small town is the perfect place to spend some free time.


Day 4: Akureyri/Reykjavík

Spend the morning in Akureyri to explore this small town. Take in the sights of the surrounding mountain range, or enjoy a coffee with the locals at a street side cafe. Opt to take a whale watching tour. Return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon.


Day 5: Reykjavík

Free day to explore the city and surrounding area. Opt to explore this quaint town, or get your adrenaline pumping on one of the many activities available around Reykjavík.
Need help booking extra excursions while in Reykjavik? Speak to your sales agent about pre-booking activities for this day.


Day 6: Reykjavík/Þingvellir

Drive to Thingvellir National Park and set up camp. Enjoy a Golden Circle tour including the ancient parliament side of Thingvellir, Gullfoss Waterfall and the erupting hot spring of Geysir. In the afternoon, opt for snorkelling, or rafting in a geothermal bath near by.


Day 7: Þingvellir/Skógafoss

Drive to Skógafoss waterfall, and take in the beauty of one of Iceland's most majestic sights. Settle into your campsite by the falls and opt to go on a hike, hike across a glacier, or visit the Skógar Museum.
Opt to hike the initial 2-5 km of the 25km long Fimmvörðuháls trail to see the cascading waterfalls above Skógafoss waterfall. On a clear day, end this hike by taking in the stunning the views of the whole coastline, surrounding mountains and glaciers. Or, try your hand (or foot) at hiking across the ice of the Sólheimajökull Glacier, through its bright blue caves and ridges.


Day 8: Skógafoss/Reykjavík

Visit Reynisfjara Beach. Stop at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and see Dyrhólaey Cape. Arrive to Reykjavík in the early evening for a final night in the bustling capital.


Day 9: Reykjavík

Depart any time.
Your tour might be finished, but the adventure's far from over. Pre-book one of the following activities to experience after your tour ends: Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull, Hot Spring Hiking Tour, Snorkelling in Þhingvellir National Park, Snowmobiling Tour on Langjökull glacier, Whale Watching from Reykjavik Harbour. If you do, we recommend booking accommodation for an extra night in Reykjavík.

Please note that only 1 full day activity can be booked per day.

And don't worry if you can't decide now. These activities are available for pre-booking any time before your tour starts, or they can be booked upon arrival in Reykjavík.

    • Grábrók Crater Visit
    • Hvítserkur Cliff Visit
    • Kolugljúfur Canyon Visit
    • Free time to explore Akureyri
    • Free day to explore Reykjavik
    • Golden Circle tour (including Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs and Þingvellir National Park)
    • Skógafoss Waterfall visit
    • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall visit
    • Reynisfjara Beach
    • Camping equipment, including tent and sleeping mat (sleeping bags not included)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Multi-share hostel (4 nts), participatory camping (4 nts)
    • No meals included
    • Private minivan, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, glacier driver
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Iceland's west coast
  • Take in the sights of Akureyri
  • Witness lava formations and geothermal mud pools
  • Camp in Thingvellir NP
  • Visit Skgafoss waterfall one of Iceland's most majestic sights