Top 3 items you need when camping in Iceland

Top 3 items you need when camping in Iceland
Gear for Iceland

Are you a seasoned camper but have never holidayed 65 degrees north ? Are you new to camping – and very excited about an Icelandic camping adventure ? Do you want to be well equipped during your camping holiday in Iceland? Then this post is for you !

We at Iceland Camping Equipment have come up with a list of the top 3 things you absolutely want to bring along if you wish to have a great time while camping in Iceland.

  1. Weather-resistant tent
    In Iceland the weather can be quite capricious: it’s better to be prepared for some wind and rain, even in the summer. Make sure your tent is made to withstand winds, and that the waterproofing is up to scratch. Our Vango tents, designed in Scotland, are the favorite among Icelanders, and the flysheet is really waterproof. This is the standard we recommend for camping trips in Iceland. If your tent also features a porch, or an extra room to leave your wet boots and clothes, that’s a big plus !

  2. Warm sleeping bag
    Don’t let the midnight sun fool you: Icelandic summer nights can be cool, especially in the North or in the Highlands. If you are planning to sleep in a tent, we recommend you bring along a 3-4 season bag with a comfort zone between -2 and +10. If you are coming from a warm country and are not used to snow and wind, or if you plan to camp in Iceland in May or September, you might want to make sure you have a good 4-season bag.

    Top tip: bring a sleeping mat, whether foam or inflatable, to insulate your sleeping bag from the ground's cold and humidity. While camping in the North, a mat can be the secret to a good night’s sleep.
  1. Portable WiFi hotspot
    Icelandic weather can often be unpredictable. ICE-SAR, the Icelandic Search and Rescue team, recommend that travelers always stay updated on weather and road conditions – especially when travelling in uninhabited areas like the Highlands. Iceland is very safe, but its nature is also wild, and can be unpredictable. By bringing along a hotspot you will be able to always stay updated on weather conditions and road safety, and plan a safe and successful trip.


Be aware that this list is focused on camping in campsites. If you plan to go for longer adventures in the Icelandic nature, such as hikes, horse tours or biking across the country, we advise you follow the very thorough lists of equipment and travel advice prepared by ICE-SAR, the Icelandic Search and Rescue team.

Happy camping!