Question About Prohibited Items Coming into Iceland
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jun 11, 2013 2:18 PM Last Post By: iviehoff
Jun 7, 2013 6:54 AM
Question About Prohibited Items Coming into IcelandThe Iceland Customs website states the following:
"Among articles which are prohibited from importation are the following types of products:
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."
Sounds like I can't bring beef jerky into the country for my hiking trip. What about dehydrated meals that contain meat? Like beef stroganoff, chicken and rice, etc.? Thanks!
Jun 7, 2013 7:11 AM
Jun 7, 2013 7:18 AM
Jun 7, 2013 5:57 PM
Jun 9, 2013 9:36 PM
Oh, probably--but I can understand why Kalalau might prefer to bring in his own supply. Spending a morning hopping from store to store searching for a few specialized items in Reyjkavik may not be the most relaxing or desirable way to begin one's vacation.
Wandering about the Krónan or the Bónus, should I look for beef jerky in the meat department, with the snack food, somewhere else? What is the Icelandic word for "jerky", anyway?
Can I find dehydrated foods in the regular supermarket, or do I need to visit a camping supply store? How do I find one of those? Are the prices going to be exorbitant compared to at home? Is this actually going to be the stuff that I like, or does it have any unusual seasonings or weird flavours? Will I be able to figure out the package instructions? Am I allergic to any of the ingredients?
A couple of years ago, I was in a little village in the Swiss Alps, and found that by far the tastiest option for prepackaged one-pot just-add-water (or wine!) meals was sold from the village cheese shop, and not the local grocery store--but I didn't figure it out until at least my third day there. (I actually brought a package of their lentil stew mix with me to Iceland, where I added some local lamb--delicious!) Someone who wants to get out into the wilderness and start camping may not have the time or inclination to locate, purchase, and then figure out the quirks of the local dehydrated foods.
Jun 9, 2013 10:23 PM
Jun 10, 2013 12:45 AM
Icelandic for it is rykkjóttur, but I expect any packets you see of it will be labelled in the language of the country that it was imported from, and will be horrendously expensive.
It isn't common to eat jerky in Europe in general, there's plenty of other snacks available, and jerky when found tends to be imported from places like Canada and South Africa, and be very expensive. Icelanders unusually have their own local version, harðfiskur, white fish dried to crisp texture. But you may not like it, most tourists don't. There are all sorts of other nice things to eat in Iceland.
Iceland has the "advantage" that many things will survive a few days in your backpack that would quickly go off in warmer countries will. So you can carry cheese and ham and smoked fish and the like for a few days. These things can be easily sourced without an extensive search of the supermarkets. Some kind of food shopping will be required of the trekker as they can't (legally, practically) bring everything with them.
One thing I would suggest you bring, as it is the devil's own to find in Iceland, is dried milk, if that forms part of your usual trekking supplies.
Jun 10, 2013 4:48 AM
Jun 11, 2013 8:55 AM
8I would agree with kchadley. I don't want to spend a lot of time hunting for things I will need for camping. At this point my only concern is a fuel canister for my Jetboil but it sounds like those are easy to find. My twin brother and I are planning to hit the Laugavegur hiking trail (Landmannalaugar to Skógar), Jökulsárlón and Skaftafell National Park. Seems like there are some dining options in some of these areas but I need to have a backup plan. I hope not to use any of my food. Can't wait to try out some Icelandic food!
Jun 11, 2013 2:18 PM
So I really would plan on picking up some basic food supplies in Reykjavik before you set out on the trek, if only some porage oats and the like, there is a modest grocery shop that sells suitable supplies at supermarket prices a short walk from the campsite in Reykjavik if you are camping there. If you are walking all the way to Skogar, there is a shop there which is rather better than anything at Landm, Sfell or Jlon, though I doubt it is as cheap as in a town.
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