A common concern for budget travelers and backpackers in Iceland is where they will be able to find and buy fuel canisters for their camping or backpacking stoves since they aren’t allowed to bring them on the planes. When I went to Iceland I couldn’t find a reliable source of information on where to buy an isobutane fuel canister for my MSR backpacking stove, so I’m making this post to help out fellow backpackers.
There are multiple places to buy fuel of various types for your camp stove right in Reykjavik.
- Ellingsen is a large outdoor store in Reykjavik similar to a REI or EMS in the US, which has many different styles of fuel canisters compatible with pretty much any stove you might have including iso-butane style and propane style stoves.
- Iceland Camping Equipment Rental or Gangleri Outfitters will either sell you the fuel canister you need or even rent you an entire stove setup during your time in Iceland. Be sure to call ahead, especially if you’re visiting in the off season.
Outside of Reykjavik:
Gas stations throughout Iceland sell camping stove fuel and gas canisters. We were able to find isobutane canisters at a Shell station just outside of Reykjavik, and continued to see the fuel and gas canisters in various gas stations throughout our trip including N1 and Olis. Some stations had other styles of fuel and gas canisters as well, including the Coleman style propane cylinders. Don’t worry if the first few gas stations you visit don’t have the fuel or gas you’re looking for, just keep trying at different gas stations. It took us three tries before we were able to find our backpacking stove isobutane fuel canisters outside of Reykjavik, but like I said before, we continued spotting them in gas stations throughout the country.
Note: Be sure to check you buy the right style of fuel canister for your stove. Clip-on and screw-on style canisters look extremely similar but aren’t compatible with the opposite style stove. In the US, the screw on type is generally standard, while in the UK and other European countries the clip on style is also used. I saw both styles in gas stations while in Iceland.
Best of luck on your Iceland adventure, and be sure to comment if you have any more input on places to buy camp stove fuel and gas canisters in Iceland!