There are various import restrictions and prohibitions you have to be aware of when traveling to Iceland:
Travelers may import duty-free up to 3 kg of food, including candy, not exceeding the value of ISK 25.000. Meat products may be imported if they have been boiled or canned. Smoking, salting or drying without boiling is not accepted. It's for example not permitted to import bacon, sausages (salami and any kind of smoked uncooked sausages), saddles or pork, poultry, uncooked milk and uncooked eggs.
Alcoholic beverages and tobaccos
In addition to goods referred to above, travelers can import duty-free alcoholic beverages and tobacco products as follows:
1 liter spirits and 0.75 liter wine and 3 liters beer or
3 liters wine and 6 liters beer or
1 liter spirits and 6 liters beer or
1,5 liters wine and 12 liters beer or
18 liters beer
Spirits comprise alcoholic beverages containing more than 21% alcohol; wines comprise alcoholic beverages, other than beer, containing 21% alcohol or less.
200 cigarettes or
250 g of other tobacco products
The minimum age for bringing alcoholic beverages into Iceland is 20 years and 18 years for tobaccos.
Angling gear and riding clothing
Angling gear and riding clothing which has been used outside Iceland, including gloves, boots and waders, may be brought into the country if it has been disinfected according to valid regulations. A certificate of disinfection, issued by an authorized veterinary officer, will be acceptable, if presented to customs. If such a certificate is not presented, the gear has to be disinfected at the possessors'' own cost on arrival.
Used riding gear
It is prohibited to import to the country used riding gear, including saddles, bridles, halters and whips of leather.
Live animals may be imported only with a permit from MAST (Icelandic food and veterinary authority).
Among articles which are prohibited from importation are the following types of products:
- Narcotics and dangerous drugs
- Uncooked meat and various meat products e.g. dried meat, uncooked smoked ham, bacon, saddle of pork, smoked uncooked sausages (e.g. salami), uncooked poultry etc. Meat and meat products have to be fully cooked in order to be allowed into the country. Uncooked milk and uncooked eggs
- Various weapons, e.g. daggers with blades exceeding 12 cm, switchblade knives and flick stilettos, knuckles and various truncheons, crossbows and handcuffs
- Finely powdered snuff
- Moist snuff to be used orally, also available in bags.
If a traveler suspects that the importation of any item, which he is bringing to Iceland, might be restricted or prohibited, he should declare and produce it at customs at his own initiative.
Tax free - VAT refund
Tourists who reside abroad can claim a proportional VAT refund when shopping in Iceland. The refund is limited to purchases that are intended to be taken out of the country and amount to a minimum of ISK 4000 (including VAT), made at a single point of sale. The store personnel will fill out the necessary Tax Refund Cheque. The cheque and the purchased goods must be produced and made available for inspection upon departure no later than 3 months after purchase. When departing from Keflavik Airport the Tax Refund Cheque can be cashed in the currency of choice. Other departure points usually offer mail-refund services.
The Nature Conservation Act is intended to ensure the protection of the diversity of habitats and landscapes, flora and fauna. In the Icelandic flora there are now 31 protected species of higher plants and it is forbidden to collect specimens of these species or damage them in any way. According to a legislation concerning bird-hunting and bird protection in Iceland the export of birds, birds'' eggs, eggshells and nests is strictly prohibited. Law protects all stalactites and stalagmites in caves throughout the country and it is forbidden to break or damage these in any way. Objects of historical or archaeological interest may not be taken out of the country without special permission from the Icelandic Museum of Natural History. Customs authorities encourage visitors to Iceland to respect and understand that nature is an important, but delicate, resource of permanent value.
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I liked the three accommodations, getting stronger from the cold, eating lamb most days and and indulging an appetizer w/ mayonnaise & dill, raw salmon, & ginger ice cream. WOW! So good on the eyes as we traveled across the beautifulArlene Jordan. November 2017
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Dear Bergey and all involved with planning our trip to Iceland last month. We had the best time, and all went without a hitch. What an amazing and varied country it is; each region so different. so interesting, and friendly folk. We wanted to sendHappy travellers. October 2017
Hi Stefania. Just wanted to let you know our holiday in Iceland was absolutely fantastic. We loved the amazing ever changing landscape. All our hotels and trips worked well. Our guides at Grimsey (Raghnahildur known as Gaga) and on the superjeepAnne and Richard, London. June 2016
Hello Stefania. I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you so much for organizing our trip to Iceland last week. We had the most fabulous time and have fallen in love with the country and can't wait to go back ! Everything was perfectKerri Tilson, Norwich. January 2016
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I am writing to thank you for the great Northern Lights City Break you arranged for us in Iceland last week. Everything was arranged to perfection. The Hotel Fron exceeded our expectations, the location was just perfect, surrounded by thoseAlan Keggie, Penarth. January 2014
I wanted to thank you for booking and guiding us with our booking for Iceland. We had the best time. We would love to go there again. All the tours we booked were excellent!Sherry Kanwar, London. January 2014
Many thanks for organising our recent holiday to Iceland.The hotels/ farm guesthouses were comfortable and had everything we required. Most of all, we found the scenery spectacular in its variety and beauty, whatever the weather. We packed as muchClaire, Manchester. July 2013
Well, we're back from holiday and had a really good time. It was a pleasant surprise that the weather was much better in Iceland than here in the U.K! And the Hotel Borg and it's staff were excellent.Howard, London April 2013
Just to let you know we are back from Iceland and we had a marvellous time. The tour was excellent, very full and well organised, we really felt we had seen a really good part of Iceland , can not fault anything, the hotels were as described, 2/3Neill and Kathleen, Sleaford. March 2013
Have just got back from a truly memorable holiday in Iceland. The trip was made truly special by Einar our fantastic Icelandic guide. Einar is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his homeland and his enthusiasm rubbed off on the group. WeRita Crane, England. February 2013
I just wanted to write and say how much we enjoyed our holiday in Iceland. We had a wonderful time and really very good weather for most of the days. The scenery was fantastic and Jeff has some really beautiful photographs which will keep itThea and Jeff Pine, Berkshire. August 2012
Just wanted to say what an absolutely fantastic time we had in Iceland. Brilliant country and such nice people. Perfect holiday for older children with so much to see. And the sun shone every day. Thank you so much for organising us such a goodClaire Lee, Stockport. August 2012
....thanks for organising my trip for me to your beautiful home country. My camera was red hot! The capital is also a perfect size to spend a few days in and see the sights and sample the lovely food. All the connections and pickups were on timeIain Wyllie, Scotland. July 2012
We had a great time. Both Alison and I absolutely fell in love with Iceland. Thank you so much for all your help !Stephen Jones, Cheshire. June 2012