lovecigarettesandliberty-deacti asked: Hey there. I'll stay a year at iceland and I really don't know what to bring as a present. I'm 18 when I go there and so there's no possibility to take a bottle of "Jägermeister" (liquor), which is produced in my hometown, with me. Would you recommend me something else to take with me?
Jägermeister is popular in Iceland and would definitely be an appropriate gift seeing as its from your hometown. However the drinking age in Iceland is 20. This is usually not respected by 18 year olds, but it is the law.
When I was an exchange student in Brazil, I had with me a few picture books of Iceland, a flag, Icelandic candy, dried fish and some Icelandic music. Your local food or candy could be a good bet. Just keep in mind that you are not allowed to bring any uncooked meat to Iceland.
If you have a local football or handball club, then you could bring a team jersey to your hosts. Icelandic sports fans sometimes follow the German leagues, especially the teams that have Icelanders playing.
Good luck and góða ferð!
lovecigarettesandliberty said: Really sad,this would have been the perfect present.Would you say German sweets like Kinderschokolade/Haribo would be good?I think they’re pretty well known in some other countries.I’ll work at a ranch/hotel and stay there.Maybe it’s s.th different?
IcelandPictures: Kinder eggs are well known in Iceland and Haribo is also sold in Iceland. Although the World may not agree on this, we are convinced that Icelandic candy and particularly Icelandic chocolate is the best in the World. You could still bring some.
Even though the drinking age is 20, as a foreigner you would probably never be stopped in the customs gate with your bottle of Jägermeister in your baggage. Unless you have dreadlocks and a Bob Marley shirt. In any case at worst you’d say you didn’t know better and lose the bottle.
lovecigarettesandliberty said: So would a German sausage be better? And because of the Jägermeister I’m scared about a tax whitch I maybe have to pay at the airport. But on the other side it’s pretty unlikely that they will control me. Well thank you so much for your help. :)
IcelandPictures: A good German sausage is a great idea. You’ll have no problems with the tax. You are allowed to bring some alcohol (if you are over 20) and some tobacco (if you are over 18) without paying any tax.
Alcohol (one of the following options)
- 3 liters wine and 6 liters beer
- 1 liter of strong alcohol and 9 liters of beer
- 1,5 liters of wine and 9 liters of beer
- 12 liters of beer
- 200 cigarrettes
- 250 gr. of tobacco.
lovecigarettesandliberty said: there’s the problem. i’m not over 20. i’ll be 18 for just a month when i go abroad :/ oh man reaaaaaallly hard decision. Do you know about the tax on meat/sausages?
IcelandPictures: Don’t worry we’re not that tax crazy. You can bring all the sausage you can carry. Well actually being perfectly law abiding… you’re not allowed to bring some sausages. Full info here: http://www.tollur.is/default.asp?cat_id=301