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“Nice facilities, good location but overall not worth the hassle of dealing with the management”

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Ferdatjonustan Bjarg
jeando13
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“Nice facilities, good location but overall not worth the hassle of dealing with the management”
Reviewed 13 July 2013

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.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

We stayed one night in a tent at this camp that is located directly on the edge of the lake. It is easy to reach and nearby you will find everything you need, supermarket, petrol station and tourist office. A great base for a visit to one of the most beautiful places in Iceland, with a large number of interest places. The campsite is very wide, divided into different areas, one dedicated to campers and different meadows for tents. There are two structures (at the two sides of the camping) for baths and showers without distinction men/women. The bathrooms have some hairdryers and there aren't electrical outlets. There is a kitchen in a marquee, a little small for the size of the camp, has only pots and pans for cooking. The camp offers a laundry service (charges apply) and there is an area to hang out the laundry. The whole area is very clean and quiet. No wi-fi connection in the camp. The view is wonderful, perfect for watching the many birds that inhabit the lake. The management offers the possibility to organize various day trips.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

We spent five nights camping here and while it's true that the owners are somewhat strict, the location is unbeatable and no one should be put off staying here. For birdwatchers and nature lovers, camping next to Lake Myvatn can't be beaten. The bathrooms are kept very clean and as in all Iceland. there's lots of piping hot water. The kitchen campsite has gas cookers but bring your own pans.
Virtually opposite the site is an excellent supermarket and the only place to buy food in the area. No wi fi on the campsite. Next to it is a superb visitors centre with very helpful staff and a welcome choice of reference books to check that flower or bird you saw earlier in the day. The bus stop is next to the supermarket - which does a delicious hot chocolate sauce ice cream with licorice bits on top.
There's also a very nice bar/restaurant with a small menu of delicious local food.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2010

In June 2010 we stayed in a double room of the guest house while some friends stayed at the camping ground. At one point our friends came to the kitchen of the guesthouse for a cup of tea and one employee, and minutes later the owner himself, made a huge fuss over it ("it is forbidden that people staying at the campground come to the kitchen") although it did not say anyway that this was a major offense. He treated us like schoolkids. This spoilt our stay there. At another point the owner also complained to our friends about the fact that they were using stones to weighten down the tent pegs that were very hard to put into the ground due to the hard soil. There were stones lying all over the camping ground and there was no reason to tell people off for that.

Moreover the reception did not want to accept payment by credit card althought they had used credit card details for reservation.

Cannot recommend this place.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Ferdatjonustan Bjarg
Address: Bjarg | On the shore of Myvatn lake, Lake Myvatn 660, Iceland
Region: Iceland > Northeast Region > Lake Myvatn
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Lake Myvatn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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 

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