Our plan was to camp at Bjarg for two nights. We got into the camp at 10pm and went straight to reception. We found a sign in the door stating that the reception closed at 21:00 and would open again at 9:00 and that after that time we were to put up our tent and pay when reception opened.
We did this and made dinner in the kitchen tent. Finally we went to bed at 11:45 pm after long day of driving. Then an hour later we are awaken by a man shaking our tent and telling us we didn't pay. We told him that we did what his sign said, but he said we should have knocked on the door as he was there. His tone wasn't angry, just chiding, but I did not appreciate being woken up from a sound sleep when I did exactly what his sign told me to do. We handed over the cash for one night and tried to get back to bed.
We were really debating the next morning whether to move on to another campsite since it had been an unpleasant experience being awoken in the night. We decided in the end to stay since we didn't want the hassle of moving.
I dutifully paid for the second night and put the sticker on the tent next to the sticker from the first night. My friend and I joked about how no one would wake us up now.
The joke was definitely on us as sure enough the manager woke us up in the middle of the night by shaking our tent and saying we had not paid. I said, "of course, we paid- there is the sticker on the tent next to the sticker from the first night." It turns out the woman in the office messed up the date so there was 2 stickers for the same night, but given the size of the tent, it should have been clear that it was a mistake (or at least clear enough to sort it out in the morning.)
On our trip, we camped all over Iceland and the camp managers were so nice and relaxed. Usually you paid at night or settled up in the morning without a problem.It was just shocking to deal with these unpleasant people waking people up in the middle of the night instead of addressing issues in the morning.
It is too bad because there are really good points to the campsite. The location was good and the kitchen tent with the provided gas burners was great. However, those pros didn't make up for the big con of being awaken each night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have a campsite at the north-east corner of the Myvatn lake for tents and campers. There are 2 buildings with toilets and hot showers, indoor place for cooking/eating (no cooking equipment) and outdoor kitchen sinks (cold and hot water). Using of showers are included in campsite's price. Electricity for campers is available, but it cost extra. Charging of electricity devices is possible only in Reception and it also costs extra. Good parking places are available. We have laundry service, we rent bikes and boats. There is no facility to empty chemical toilets or grey water. There is no WiFi. We offer discounts to our guests who buy tickets in our Reception to Askja, Ice cave, whale watching, horse riding or other trips, tickets to Landmannalaugar, Dettifoss, Myvatn nature bath etc. The campground is located in a very good place. It is about 150 m from the road Nr. 1. Supermarket, post office and bank is 100-200 m from the campsite. ... more less