We often get asked how much alcohol people can bring to Iceland. The rules are clear but some of you might have to do a little math! First thing’s first:
- You can bring six units of alcohol to Iceland, per person. So, your first question probably is:
What counts as one unit of alcohol?
It depends on the type. That is if you want to bring spirits, wine, liqueur, beer, cider or alcopop. Here’s a guide, and don’t forget to check out the PDF and alcohol allowance calculator at the bottom of the post:
- Spirits (22-55%)
- 25 cl = 1 unit
- 50 cl = 2 units
- 75 cl = 3 units
- 1 l = 4 units
- Wine and liqueur (under 22%)
- 50 cl = 0.7 units
- 75 cl = 1 unit
- 1 l = 1.3 units
- Beer, cider, and alcopop
- 2 l = 0.7 units
- 3 l = 1 unit
We understand that this might all sound a bit confusing, so instead of opening Excel or overexerting your brain with a math problem, we recommend that you use our calculator just to be sure:
We highly recommend you buy your alcohol in the Duty-Free store at Keflavík airport if you plan on drinking in Iceland. It’s cheaper to buy in our stores than in Vínbúðin (The State Alcohol and Tobacco Company of Iceland), and a lot cheaper than in the bars and restaurants. Alcohol isn’t sold in regular grocery stores in Iceland.
What about tobacco?
You’re allowed to bring one carton of cigarettes or 250g of other tobacco to Iceland.
Don’t forget: Our staff is happy to help you figure this out and we have signs at the stores that explain the quota as well.