Well, I’ve already given you some tips on how to drink on a budget in Iceland, which include buying alcohol at the duty free at Keflavík airport in Iceland. But there are some things you shouldn’t buy at the airport because they are way more expensive than in the city.
I literally squealed with joy when I saw the Iceland airport had bath and body works products! If you ever go to Iceland, only the shop you can go into by baggage claim has the big candles so if you want them buy them then and wrap them up nicely in your case on the way back.
Buy your alcohol in the Duty-Free Store
Alcohol prices are extremely high in Iceland, so the first thing you need to think about when you land in Keflavik Airport is to stock up in the duty-free store.
Duty-free shopping: The Keflavik Airport shopping area is one of few in Europe that can sell duty-free products to both arriving and departure passengers and stores are open to coincide with the flights. The products in the Keflavik duty-free stores are up to 50% cheaper than in Reykjavik retail stores.
There is no way around the fact that alcohol is extremely expensive in Iceland, so we recommend stocking up in the Duty Free Store in the arrivals hall at the airport. Note that there is no wine, beer or liquor sold in grocery stores in Iceland and, therefore, you can only buy alcohol in government run liquor stores which are few and have limited opening hours.
If you bought alcohol on arrival, you already know the prices are better that you’ll find elsewhere in the country, so be sure to check your allowances departures (better prices that you’ll find anywhere in the country). The Duty Free Iceland online store has online shopping for departing passengers, allowing purchases at least one day in advance.
Little differences set this island apart. For instance, Keflavik airport has a duty-free shop for arrivals where Icelanders stock up on beer and spirits; McDonalds came and went; and at thermal pools you have to shower after putting on your bathing suit.
Save on Alcohol
If you plan on experiencing the Icelandic nightlife and you want to have some alcoholic drinks, it is bets to plan ahead. Alcohol is very expensive in Iceland, so it is best to buy alcohol at the duty-free store at the airport when you arrive. The locals usually buy alcohol at the airport, and then pregame before going out at night. If you want to drink at the bars, we suggest that you try to find a bar with happy hour or a drink special.
Visitors arriving by air should note that there is a duty-free store for arriving passengers where they can buy cheap alcohol (at least cheap compared to Iceland). To find the duty-free store, just follow the Icelanders. No Icelander in their right mind will pass the duty free store upon arrival!
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Fact: Iceland is one of the few countries in the world to have duty free in both the arrivals and departures at Keflavík International Airport.
What you need to do: Buy any sort of alcohol you would want for your tip before you leave the airport. This will be a huge money saver. Even the locals stock up on alcohol at duty free!
Duty Free Upon Arrival is one of my favorite things about flying into Iceland. Why? Mainly because the alcohol sold there has a better selection and a fraction of the cost of what it costs in stores around the country. Second, because you can order online and in advance.
A proposal to raise Iceland’s alcohol customs quota is being considered by the country’s parliament.
It would see a new units system introduced, with passengers allowed to purchase six units of duty free alcohol on arrival each, according to the website Iceland Monitor (quoting www.turisti.is).
People can also buy alcohol duty free at Keflavik airport when they arrive in Iceland. Every person can buy a certain amount of alcohol duty free. The rules about how much alcohol are clearly stated in the duty free store at the airport.
Duty Free Iceland is tax-free and open 24 hours a day, available to all arriving and departing passengers regardless of their origin or destination. Another appealing factor is that, besides the international brands and products commonly found in many other cities’ duty free stores, Duty Free Iceland offers a growing range of unique Icelandic products that are perfect as a one of a kind gift or personal souvenir.
Iceland was once called “Europe’s Best Kept Secret”, but tourism has grown exponentially this century. And in 2015, it is predicted that this country of around 330 thousand citizens will receive over one million visitors, most of whom will pass through Keflavik International Airport, which has an exceptional duty free shopping centre.
Make the Duty-Free your first stop
Located inside Keflavik Airport, the Icelandic Duty Free shop sells liquor at prices that are up to one-third less than those you’ll find in the state-run liquor shops in Reykjavik. Here, a liter of the locally made (and delicious) Reyka Vodka will run about 2,200 ISK (about US$18). A six-pack of beer will cost about 1000 ISK (not much more than a single beer will cost in a bar) and it’s easy to find a bottle of wine for under 1500 ISK.
Everything in the city of Reykjavik is extremely expensive, just check out my price comparison of everyday items in the USA vs. Iceland. Therefore, you must take advantage of the tax-free prices at the Keflavik Airport’s duty free shop. Alcohol is almost 50% cheaper in the store, so save yourself some money and purchase the maximum (there is a limit on how much you can buy) amount of liquor. Make sure to also hit up the shop on your way out to get some of Iceland’s authentic alcohol, such as Brennivin, to take back to your friends. As an American, the idea that prices are actually cheaper in the airport is a difficult notion to grasp, but believe me, you'll be happy with your decision to stock up on tax-free goods ahead of time.
There is a huge Duty Free store in the luggage pick-up area, where you can buy a lot of stuff before you go through customs. This includes alcohol, cosmetics, electronics, sweats, tobacco etc. There is also a different Duty Free store on your way out of Iceland.
The Vikings do things differently. At the International Airport at Keflavik Iceland, you will find a rare opportunity: a Duty Free Store in the Arrivals section right at the luggage pick-up point, where there are trolleys available. Mere feet from the luggage carousels, passengers can shop at huge discounts compared to city prices, especially on wines, spirits and tobacco products. Before their luggage arrives, they have done their shopping and saved a lot of money.
Whether it's the first thing you see, or you final memory leaving Iceland, KEF's undeniable Icelandic atmosphere will make your travelling experience more memorable. What d'ya mean ‘Icelandic atmosphere' in an airport, you say? Well, in KEF's Duty Free shopping area and Leifur Eiríkssonterminal, there's plenty of Icelandic-ness for your senses to enjoy.
Iceland is expensive. In spite of massive economic collapse of this country just five years ago the reality is not as rosy as the tourist brochures would have you believe. Iceland is still very expensive.
On a recent trip to Iceland we hit up Keflavik airport's duty-free shop and it didn't take long for my boyfriend to zero in on the Japanese single malts from Nikka Whisky. "You can't buy this at home. I've never even seen it for sale." He just stared at the bottle sitting on the shelf, spellbound, then touched it quietly.
Money-conscious travellers had cause to smile yesterday when the new law on duty-free goods imports came into force in Iceland. People arriving in the country can now go past Customs with more tax free alcohol.
The duty free store at Iceland’s international airport in Keflavik is now offering a wide range of Victoria’s Secret fragrances, glosses, mascaras and eye liners along with several travel packages and travel sets.