Roof tent tours

Travelling around Iceland in a Land Rover Super Defender with a roof top tent is the way to see the country on the move, combining transportation and lodging in a fun and adventurous way.

Please note that the roof top tent is only suitable for 2 adults, so bring an extra tent if more people will be on this tour.

Frequently asked questions

Can I just park the car anywhere I want to sleep?

No. Camping is only allowed at designated campsites or camping areas. 

Do I have to pay camping fee?

Yes. Camping fees are not included in the package.

How many people can sleep in the roof tent?

Please note that the roof top tent is only suitable for 2 adults, so bring an extra tent if more people will be on a roof tent tour.

Am I allowed to camp everywhere?

The most frequent question regarding camping in Iceland is: “Can I camp everywhere?“. The short answer is “no“. In November 2015 the law was changed prohibiting camping outside of designated campsites and urban areas, unless the landowner or property right holder has given explicit permission to do so. There are some exceptions if you’re only camping in a tent, i.e. not in a camper van, roof tent, etc.

 

The guidelines are the following: 

  • Along public routes in inhabited areas, you may pitch a traditional camping tent for one night on uncultivated land, provided there is no campsite in the immediate vicinity and the land owner has not restricted or prohibited access, passage or stay within the area by means of signs on gates and walking paths.
  • Along public routes in uninhabited areas, you may pitch a traditional camping tent on privately owned land or national land.
  • Away from public routes, you may pitch a traditional camping tent, either on privately owned or national land, unless otherwise indicated in special rules which may be applicable to the land area in question.  

 

“Doesn’t this limit my options when travelling around Iceland with a roof tent?” No, definitely not. There are plenty of campsites in Iceland, and you would not need to drive very far to reach the next one during your trip. Staying overnight at a campsite is a rather inexpensive way to travel around, and most campsites are well equipped, and some offer free WiFi and free use of showers. 

 

For those of you who like to plan ahead, there’s also the possibility of purchasing a Camping Card. You can purchase the card in advance and it allows you to stay overnight at certain designated campsites.

Is off-road driving allowed in Iceland?

All off-road driving and driving outside of marked tracks is prohibited by law and is considered a very serious crime.

Driving a vehicle off road, that is not on a track, so that it damages the natural environment or leaves a mark carries heavy fines up to 500.000 ISK and/or up to 2 years in jail. The exception would be if driving on surfaces where the vehicle does not leave a scar in the land. Like when fording rivers or driving on snow covered surfaces. Icelandic nature is delicate and tire tracks from off-road driving can cause substantial damage to the vegetation and leave marks that will last for decades.

Keep in mind that the Icelandic nature is very fragile, especially in the highlands, and we would like to enjoy it for generations to come. Please respect nature and tread carefully.

ISAK 4x4 Mike Seehagel

What should I know about driving in Iceland?

Iceland offers travellers an adventure of a lifetime in a beautiful and rugged landscape. However, experience shows that the forces of Icelandic nature can be harsh and unpredictable, and travellers are well-advised to exercise caution and respect for the country’s natural environment.

When driving in Iceland there are a few things travellers should keep in mind:

Speed limits and driving laws

  • The speed limit on Iceland’s route 1 or the ring road as it’s called is 90 km/h. On gravel roads the speed limit is 80 km/h. And in populated areas the limit is 30-50 km/h.
  • By law everyone in the car has to wear seat belts.
  • It is mandatory to drive with the headlights on at all times, night or day, summer or winter.
  • Driving after consuming alcohol is strictly forbidden and can carry heavy fines and loss of drivers permit.

Off-road driving

All off-road driving and driving outside of marked tracks is prohibited by law and is considered a very serious crime. Driving a vehicle off road, that is not on a track, so that it damages the natural environment or leaves a mark carries heavy fines up to 500.000 ISK and/or up to 2 years in jail. The exception would be if driving on surfaces where the vehicle does not leave a scar in the land. Like when fording rivers or driving on snow covered surfaces. Icelandic nature is delicate and tire tracks from off-road driving can cause substantial damage to the vegetation and leave marks that will last for decades.

Keep in mind that the Icelandic nature is very fragile, especially in the highlands, and we would like to enjoy it for generations to come. Please respect nature and tread carefully.

Highland and mountain roads

A 4×4 vehicle is essential in the highlands, where you might encounter rough terrain and unbridged waters. Most mountain roads and roads in the interior of Iceland have a gravel surface. The surface on the gravel roads is often loose, especially along the sides of the roads, so one should drive carefully and slow down whenever an oncoming car approaches. The mountain roads are also often very narrow, and are not made for speeding. The same goes for many bridges, which are only wide enough for one car at a time. Journeys may therefore take longer than expected.

The Icelandic highland roads are closed in the spring when the snow is melting. Although it can vary considerably from year to year, usually the majority will open around the 3rd week of June. In the winter most highland roads are deemed “impassable”, but they often stay open until late autumn.

For up to date information on road conditions and openings, please visit the website of the Icelandic Road Administration.

Weather

Icelandic weather can be very harsh at times and change extremely quickly. Icelanders are wont to say: ,,In Iceland you can experience all the four seasons in one day”. Keep a close eye on the weather forecast, and be sure that you have the right vehicle and proper equipment for your journey.

When driving in winter, you can expect to face snow, icy roads and darkness. If you are travelling outside of populated areas, always make sure that you check weather conditions and report your planned route to someone.

Information on weather and weather forecasts can be found at the Icelandic Meteorological Office’s website.

ISAK 4x4 Mike Seehagel
ISAK 4x4 Mike Seehagel
ISAK 4x4 Mike Seehagel

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