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I am planning on a circumnavigation of Iceland this summer and the Ring Road might be the only road available for lenghthy stretches. I would like to know if camping along the Ring Road is permissable, especially once I get out into the more remote areas. I would also like to know if ground/river water is safe to drink without purifying.

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Useful: nat.is/camping/camping_sites.htm –  user1712 Feb 10 '13 at 2:46
    
I think this question is more on-topic on The Great Outdoors than here. I propose to migrate it. –  gerrit Feb 10 '13 at 11:17
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Wild camping is permissible as long as you maintain a respectful distance from homes etc, but in some places it might difficult to find good spots to put up a tent close to the road. Based on my experience, the best spots are found taking side roads a little bit off the main ring road. Near populated areas you can usually find official camping sites (check the link provided by HaLaBi).

The water from small creeks/rivers is almost always safe to drink without purification as long as you avoid getting it downstream from habitations.

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