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Moving to Iceland

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Relocation to Iceland is very much like a journey through time. The ocean, lifeless rocks, volcanoes, frozen streams of lava, geysers, hydrogen sulphide springs, waterfalls - all this is very reminiscent of the Earth's landscapes at the dawn of the planet.

Moving to Iceland is not only emerging into completely different surroundings but encountering the unique culture and people that inhabit the island. Before packing to move to Iceland, we recommend familiarising yourself with customs regulations and ways to move household goods overseas.

Moving to Iceland by Sea Freight

The cheapest way to move to Iceland is via sea freight. Sea freight is also the most common method to ship household goods overseas. Prior to moving to Iceland, consider the next shipping types:

Moving to Iceland by Air Freight

The fastest way to move to Iceland is via air freight. Transporting your household goods overseas can be done in a matter of days if you choose to ship by plane. It is a great shipping method for fragile and highly valued possessions.

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Sole Use Container
Shared Container

Sole use containers are used when you require to move to Iceland a big volume of cargo. If moving to Iceland using Full Container Load, you will be provided with a personal container. Only you and your moving company will have access to it.

There are 3 container sizes offered by Hercules moving company when moving to Iceland:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube

If the volume of the transported cargo is not big enough to fill up one full container, you can choose the shared container shipping method. All the small and additional cargo can be sent by groupage or LCL shipping when moving to Iceland.

Groupage Shipping

Groupage refers to a service that implies multiple small cargos, that have the same destination, to be collected and placed into one shipping container. Groupage is the most affordable way to move household goods to Iceland as all the shipping costs are divided between the senders.

LCL shipping

Cargo, shipped using Less than Container Load, is packed and placed in a custom wooden crate made especially for your household goods. After that, your cargo will be passed to a freight forwarder to be shipped to the desired destination.

Sole Use Container

It is known that the fastest way to move from one place to another is by plane. Therefore, shipping your household goods by air freight is a convenient way to move to Iceland if you need your items quickly and with minimum wait time. Your cargo will arrive in Iceland in a matter of days. Choose one of the following shipment sizes when moving to Iceland:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube
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Door to Port vs. Door to Door Moving

When moving to Iceland with an international moving company, you have 2 service options to choose from depending on your needs:

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Door to Port

Door-to-port service provides you with an opportunity to have more authority over the shipment when moving to Iceland. When choosing a door-to-port service, movers will pack and ship your items to be collected in the Icelandic port for customs clearance.

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Door to Door

Door-to-Door service is commonly used by those who prefer the whole relocation process to be carried out by one moving company. Moving to Iceland will be easier with a door-to-door service if you have already purchased new accommodation and wish to move in as soon as possible.

Moving household goods to Iceland

Customs Regulations
Restricted and Dutiable Items
Prohibited Items
Shipping a Car to Iceland
Moving Pets to Iceland
Electronics in Iceland

Customs Regulations

  1. Household goods can be imported duty-free if were owned and used abroad for a minimum of 12 months
  2. The shipper/owner lived and held a permanent residence in the country abroad for a minimum of 12 months before the move
  3. The shipper/owner of goods must voluntarily declare all dutiable, restricted and prohibited items
  4. The shipper/owner must be present during the customs clearance
  5. A delivery address must be available at the time of customs clearance

Restricted and Dutiable Items

  1. Various types of telephonic and communications equipment ( permit from Post and Telecom Administration required)
  2. Angling gear and riding clothes used outside of Iceland ( a certification of disinfection from an authorized veterinary officer required)
  3. Firearms and ammunition ( permit is required from )
  4. Live animals ( permit issued by MAST required)
  5. Medicine ( must not exceed 100 days consumption and prescription might be required)
  6. Plants and flowers ( a phytosanitary certificate from MAST is required, a limited amount of flowers can be brought)

Prohibited Items

  1. Narcotics and heavy drugs
  2. Toxic and hazardous substances
  3. Uncooked milk, eggs and meat products
  4. Chewing tobacco
  5. Finely powdered, moist for oral use or available in bags of snuff
  6. Various weapons and knives (blades exceeding 12cm)
  7. Used riding gear

Shipping a Car to Iceland

The vehicle must be imported within 30 days after the shipper/owner’s arrival. Duty-free import of the vehicle into Iceland if the following criteria are met:

  1. the owner/shipper moves to Iceland for 12 months or less (work/study/travel purposes)
  2. The owner/shipper holds a permanent residency and lived abroad for a minimum of 12 months
  3. The vehicle will be solely for personal use and will not be sold, lent or used for services in exchange for profit
  4. The vehicle must be exported after 12 months from the date of the owner’s arrival

Moving Pets to Iceland

Wondering how to move pets to Iceland? To safely import pets to Iceland you must consider the following conditions:

  1. Pet must be rabies vaccinated
  2. Pets must have a valid ISO microchip (made 30 days prior to the move but no later than 12 months)
  3. You must be coming from an approved country. See the list here.
  4. If your country is not one of the approved countries, it must be assessed by MAST
  5. An import licence must be obtained from the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST)
  6. All the imported pets must quarantine for a minimum of 2 (arrangement and costs are on the owner/shipper)
  7. Pets must undergo a tick and tapeworm treatment
  8. Pets must enter through Keflavik Airport

Electronics in Iceland

Wish to bring your electronics to Iceland? Hold on, first, to ensure that your electronic appliances correspond to a C/F Icelandic plug type with 230v voltage power. Most of the large electronics imported to Iceland from North America will not work.

Customs Forms

Here we have collected all the necessary forms and documents you will need in order to import your personal effects into Iceland. In addition please check if you need any additional documents/forms on the official Border Iceland Website

Hercules Moving Company - Australia Customs Customs Declaration for Household Good - Form TS-108 (Fillable - Needs Adobe Acrobat Reader) Form PDF
Customs Declaration for Household Good - Form TS-108 (Fillable - Needs Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Hercules Moving Company - Australia Customs Customs Declaration for Household Good - Form TS-108 (Static) Form PDF
Customs Declaration for Household Good - Form TS-108 (Static)

How We Work

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Fine Art Moving
Crating & Taxidermy
Fragile Packing
Furniture Handling
Furniture Protection

Hercules goes the extra mile to ensure that all of your most valuable art is protected. Expert wrapping and packaging methods start the highest quality moving & packing materials. Our mover training program ensures that every team has an expert who can safely pack any item so it arrives in the same condition it left.

Hercules can build custom measured crates and containers to meet your specific long distance shipping needs. If you are moving, and have a taxidermy collection, the experts at HMC can help. Our crateless system is effective for securing any type or size of trophy.

To avoid damage to fragile items during a long-distance move to your new residence, office or storage unit Hercules will use all the right materials and implement the proper packing techniques for maximum protection.

With the right training and proper equipment, your furniture will be handled safely in any situation.

Not all furniture is the same size. Hercules uses various materials to prepare furniture for moving: moving blankets, cardboard, bubble wrap, or alligator wrap. HMC movers and packers will pack your furniture the right way.

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Packing Options

Based on our customers needs we have created 3 Packing Packages you can choose from, it is also fine if you pack yourself.
$14 - $300
Selected Items Packing
Great for people who want to pack themselves, however wish not to risk for valuables
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • Art / Statues
  • Antique Furniture
  • High Value Items
from $500
Full Packing
Get an all-inclusive service, you wouldn’t even dream about doing something
  • Kitchen Packing
  • Closets Packing
  • Knick-Knacks Packing
  • Packing of Everything Else
$300 - $900
Fragile-only Packing
Great for people with a lot of crockery, glass cabinets or just fragile items
  • Glass/Fragile Furniture Packing
  • Extra Fragile Items Crating
  • Pictures Packing
  • Kitchen Packing
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Why Choose

Hercules Moving Company?

Besides the standard coverage we do provide the Replacement Value Protection plan for our clients. The charge is dependant on the value of the items to be moved. Hercules Moving Company is 100% Bonded & Insured.
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Assembly Disassembly
We know how hefty and hard could be the moving day, and dismantling and assembling the furniture not the pleasant things to do when you are tired. We have you covered, and can put all furniture together quick & with no damage.
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Dedicated Coordinator
When you become our client, you become part of our family! Every client assigned a moving concierge, anything you need from charges explanation to organizing the supplies delivery or debris removal, just inquire your moving coordinator.
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Packing Materials
Every single move includes the protection via Heavy Duty Moving Blankets & Stretch Wrap. However, we also carry great variety of materials, virtually for any piece of furniture. We also offer custom crating/packaging solution.
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Free On-Site Estimate
We understand that you might not have time, or your property is too large for the phone conversation. We provide both Physical & Virtual on-site estimates, for your convenience.
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Upfront & Transparent
We tend to provide as much accurate estimates as possible. At the same time we will inform you on potential charges that might happened in certain situations. If you have a question, just give us a call at (844) 462-6683.
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What Clients say About Us

Wow. Hercules exceeded my expectations. Moved from a 2 bedroom condo to 3 bedroom town house this past week (July 7 2017). The 3 young men were on time, polite and respectful of all my belongings. I was nervous about this move as I had never hired a moving company before, usually moved with friends and family. And with the negative press about movers I wasn't sure how well it was going to go. It went better than I expected for less money too! Would recommend this company without reservation.

Kannan Sau.

All four movers were excellent, courteous and very professional. These Surrey movers took good care of our furniture, Piano and other things during the move. we were very pleased and will always use them & recommend them for any moving projects.

Should u have any questions feel free to contact Hercules, they are always happy to help! I had moved my piano a few times before I discovered this amazing company. With previous companies each move brought about new complications- but the kind of work ethic and professionalism I saw with this company-it was like something out of fairy tale! I was not stressed at all, as opposed to my previous moves with other companies. Everything was done so perfectly, carefully, and cleanly. This is an amazing team-like the real Hercules. They were strong, fast, polite, pleasant and very responsible. Their work was completely fantastic. They packed my piano so well it looked as though it was done in the factory, and carefully and quickly loaded it up. Everything about the move was quick and easy, and in no time my piano was resting in my new home. I would recommend this VIP company to everyone! HERCULES IS NUMBER 1 IN CANADA!Thank u guys so much! Kira, Toronto

Good job. Guys were very pleasant and fast. Everything was clear, no hidden fees. They met all my request.

Leandro Baldassarre

They showed up on time and worked ultra quick. We had a lot of sensitive equipment and they took extra care to ensure it was all moved safely. I highly recommend them for any commercial move.

Esther Katz

The Barrie movers arrived on time and impressed me with their friendly and polite demeanour. They completed the move professionally, taking care to pack and protect each of the items to be moved. I was very pleased with the job that was done. I would heartily recommend them for everyone in Ontario.

We moved a piano with Hercules office movers from an old apartment in Ottawa last week. The piano was precious for our family and movers had treated it as responsibly as we expected. Thank you for careful work and attention to details.

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