Moving to Iceland is going to cost you thousands of dollars no matter what you do, but getting rid of anything you can bear to part with will save you some money in the long run. If you have clothing, books, furniture, dishes, and other household goods that would be cheaper to replace than ship across the world, you probably should.
Electronics should be at the top of your list as you’re deciding what to get rid of. Taking electronics to other countries often means paying duty fees. And since outlets and voltage vary between countries, it’s best to just get new gadgets after you’re in Iceland instead of shipping the ones you currently own and buying adapters and converters to make them work.
Here are a few ways to offload the things you’ll get rid of:
There are some things you’ll be given no choice but to ditch. Iceland, like any other country, restricts which items can be imported. Iceland’s list of banned imports includes things like narcotics, long knives, and some types of food.
There are also some items—like firearms and telecommunications equipment—that you can only bring into Iceland if you have special permits. Check out the International Trade Administration’s resource about Iceland’s prohibited imports to learn more.
As long as you meet the requirements imposed by the Icelandic authorities, you can bring your beloved pets to Iceland with you. These requirements include things like an import permit from the Iceland Food and Veterinary Authority and up-to-date vaccination and health certificates.
For a full run-down on the process and requirements for importing pets, read the US Department of Agriculture’s resource on traveling to Iceland with animals.
Shipping your car to Iceland is an option, though it costs thousands of dollars. Additionally, Iceland’s weather is pretty hard on vehicles that aren’t built for the cold climate. Before you decide to ship your car, determine how rugged it is and whether it’s worth the price. It’s probably more cost-effective to sell your current car in the United States and replace it in Iceland.
If you do decide to ship your car, use our international car shipping guide to get started.