Stapagljúfur Canyon campsite is located in Miðdalur, Hvalfjörður and it is a wilderness campsite.
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Stapagljúfur Canyon Campsite is a simple wilderness campsite located just north of Reykjavík – as close as one can be to town without seeing it or being embedded in urban sprawl. The small canyon Stapagljúfur cuts through the property, carved by the meltwater river Miðdalsá.
A nondescript driveway, a shed, and a small home construction site (usually idle) are the only structures on this otherwise untouched 8 hectares of countryside. Parking is available in the grass at the end of and beside the driveway. Guests may camp anywhere they please, although the bottom of the canyon is the most scenic and offers the best shelter.
The site offers natural beauty, local hiking and access to the backside of the mountain Esja, wild herbs (thyme, meadowsweet, etc), and berry picking in the fall. Hvalfjörður is one of the closest natural gems to Reykjavík, a beautiful fjörd, with Iceland’s second-tallest waterfall (Glymur) at its bottom.
Stapagljúfur is a wilderness campsite, so facilities are basic, and no staff are available on-site. Water (collected and filtered from an underground stream) is available near the shed from spring to fall. Trash bins are available down the road (toward Hvalfjörður). No toilets or showers are on site (bodily waste *must* be buried). Public pools/spas with full facilities are available in nearby Mosfellsbær and Akranes (1000kr for adults, 0-130kr for children)
- Feel free to harvest any grassy or herbaceous plants, but do not bother trees (no matter how small) or moss. These are very slow-growing!
- Do not cause erosion or disturb / take rocks.
- Do not drive offroad.
- Please stay out of the building site at the end of the driveway.
- Hiking is at your own risk; be wary of bogs, cliffs, and places with uneven ground (particularly of note below the 45° “waterfall”)
- You may harass / chase sheep that stray onto the property, but please do not injure them.
- Do not bother the neighbors.
- Campfires are allowed, but wood is not supplied, and *may not* be collected on-site. Campfires must be fully extingushed (cold to the touch) before you leave.
- Don’t be a litterbug. All trash (yes, even cigarette butts) must leave with you (excepting fully-organic waste, which may optionally buried). Remember, there’s dumpsters just right down the road – you pass them on the way out! Don’t ruin things for others.
- Human waste *must* be buried, where nobody will stumble into it. Don’t be gross, seriously 🙂
Directions from Reykjavík:
* By car: Leave town heading east towards Mosfellsbær on Vesturlandsvegur; this turns north and becomes the Ring Road (Hringvegurinn / Þjóðvegur 1). You’ll wrap around Esja (Reykjavík’s “city mountain”, past Grundarhverfi, and right before you get to the tunnel (Hvalfjarðargöng) you’ll turn right on Hvalfjarðarvegur. Next turn right at the first valley (Miðdalur / Eyrafjallsvegur). Just 1 1/2km down the road, you’ll turn right at a nondescript driveway toward a gray metal shed and a home construction site. Park on the grass behind the shed / above the construction side, or alongside the driveway if you’d rather (please do not drive any further along the grass than you have to).
* Public transport: this is possible, although it requires a 9km hike, bike ride, or hitchhiking. Take Strætó route 57 to Esjugrund in Grundarhverfi. Then continue north toward Hvalfjörður by the means of your choice, as per the driving directions.
Open all year.
Adults: 600 kr
Price pr camp unit, folding camper, tent, mobile home: 1.500 kr