Bringing Freeze Dried Food to Iceland

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Bringing Freeze Dried Food to Iceland

Hiking Laugavegur
People hiking the Laugavegur trail. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Q: How much lyophilized (freeze dried) food can I bring to Iceland?

We are going to do a long hike this summer in your beautiful country and would like to know if we are allowed to bring lyophilized food with us from abroad. I understand that there’s some limits but it’s a bit unclear about freeze dried food.


Sébastien, Canada.


A: According to the Directorate of Customs staff member I spoke with, the rules on freeze dried food is the same as for regular food: it is permitted to import, duty free, three kilograms (6.6 lbs) of food not exceeding the value of ISK 25,000 to Iceland. This also includes candy.

Meat products may be imported if they have been boiled or canned. Meat that has been smoked, salted or dried without boiling is not allowed. For example, it’s not permitted to import bacon, sausages (salami and any kind of smoked uncooked sausages), pork, poultry, uncooked milk or uncooked eggs.

It is important for packaging to show ingredients.

You can read more about duty free imports on the website of the Icelandic Directorate of Customs.