Let's start with a fun one: booze.
Iceland is one of a couple of dozen or so countries that have an "inbound" duty-free shop at the airport, meaning that you can buy things there to your limit and not have to pay normal in-country taxes on them. I've never been to Iceland, but I've been to two other countries that have this in place. For Iceland for this trip, the main consideration is -- obviously -- alcohol.
Here's what Icelandic customs has to say on the subject(1):
Travellers can import duty-free alcoholic beverages and tobacco products as follows:What this means in practice is that you can buy one liter of booze and one liter of wine or one liter of booze and six liters of beer at the Keflavik airport and bring it with you into the country when you pass through customs. Plus one carton of cigarettes if you're a smoker or know an Icelandic smoker or someone else who might care to smoke a little more cheaply in Iceland. Interestingly, apparently chewing tobacco and snuff is banned from import into Iceland.
Spirits comprise alcoholic beverages having 22% alcoholic content or more; wines comprise alcoholic beverages, other than beer, below this alcohol content.
- 1 litre of spirits, 1 litre of wine and 200 cigarettes (1 carton) or 250 g of other tobacco products; or
- 1 litre of spirits, 6 litres of beer and 200 cigarettes (1 carton) or 250 g of other tobacco products; or
- 1.5 litre of wine, 6 litres of beer and 200 cigarettes (1 carton) or 250 g of other tobacco products; or
- 3 litres wine and 200 cigarettes (1 carton) or 250 g of other tobacco products.
The minimum age for bringing alcoholic beverages into Iceland is 20 years, or 18 years for tobacco.
So, now you know what the first thing many Fanfest participants will be buying Iceland. ;-)
One more thing about Icelandic customs: Iceland appears not to have any particular restrictions as to the importation of computers. The only lines in the customs file about this are as follows:
Travellers may bring into the country without payment of customs duty clothing, bedclothes, camping gear and other travelling equipment (including foodstuffs and other supplies) for their own use in Iceland, provided that these goods may be deemed of a reasonable quantity and nature for the purpose and duration of the visit, and consistent with the visitor´s other circumstances, and that they will be transported out of the country on the owner´s departure, in so far as they are not consumed in Iceland.I often travel out of the U.S. (including on this trip) with two computers. Sometimes that's a problem, but it looks like it won't be this trip. 10k ISK is about $85.58 U.S. as of today's exchange rates.
Traveller may bring with them a gift; the value of each object may, however, not exceed ISK 10,000. Should the value of an object be more than ISK 10,000 the person in question may utilise the customs allowance for that amount, and pay duty on the excess value.
Obviously, if I have any of this wrong, I hope experienced Icelandic travelers will correct me in the comments.
Next up: packing.
(1) And interestingly, Icelandic customs misspells "traveler" and "traveling" throughout this page. Perhaps that's the British English spelling? I assume so, because they also use the word "utilise".