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What are the best campsites along the Golden Circle?

The Golden Circle in Iceland can easily be driven in one day. However, if you have a campervan and aren’t in a hurry, you can camp along the Golden Circle.

The Golden Circle in Iceland can easily be driven in one day. However, if you have a campervan and aren’t in a hurry, you can camp along the Golden Circle. That way you can take your time at the classic stops and add a few more to the list.

These are great campsites along the Golden Circle

  • Open all year, the campsite at lake Úlfljótsvatn is excellent. It’s run by The Icelandic Boy and Girl Scout Association and is very family friendly. The campsite has excellent facilities and fishing in the lake is permitted at no extra cost for campers. The scouts have all sorts of activities at the campsite during high season
  • The campsite at lake Laugarvatn is quite nice and family friendly. It has a soccer field and a playground, plus it’s close to shops and restaurants. While you’re there you can visit the Fontana spa.
  • The campsite at the Geysir geothermal area is in a good location. It’s close to a golf course, it’s within walking distance of Geysir and the hotel. There you´ll find a restaurant, a souvenir shop etc.
  • Other notable campsites are Þingvellir, Úthlíð, Faxi waterfall and Flúðir.

Going from the Golden Circle to the South Coast

If you plan on driving further along the South coast of Iceland but want to start with the Golden Circle, you have a few good camping options. After visiting the main stops along the Golden Circle, Þingvellir, Gullfoss, and Geysir, you could, for example, drive to Hvolsvöllur. There, you´ll find a campsite with good facilities, playground etc. If you camp there, you can wake up and arrive at Seljalandsfoss waterfall within minutes. The campsite at Hvolsvöllur is within walking distance of the village. There you´ll find a grocery store, pharmacy, swimming pool and lots of other things. If you’re interested in Viking history, make sure to visit the Njál's Saga Center while you’re there.