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How to pack oversized and unusual items

We know it can be tricky to pack special equipment...

Oversized and unusual items

You should always pack special equipment in hard or padded cases to avoid any potential damage. Below you can find packing guidelines for some common special baggage items.

Strollers/prams/car seats

These items are required to be either wrapped in clear thick plastic or packed in a bag/case. If your strollers/prams have inflatable tires, please deflate them slightly.

Bicycle

Your bicycle should be presented at check-in with the front wheel removed, the handlebars turned in line with the frame, the tires slightly deflated and the pedals either removed or turned inwards. It is the passenger’s responsibility to ensure that bicycles are suitably packed, both to prevent damage to the bicycle itself as well as other baggage in the hold. Bicycles must be packed in specially designed cases or carton boxes. No additional items should be placed in the packaging other than the bicycle. Under no circumstances can motor-assisted bicycles, mopeds, scooters, or motorcycles be transported in our aircraft.

Musical instruments

Musical instruments are required to be in a hard-shell case designed for the instrument.

Winter sports equipment

This item would consist of one pair of skis/snowboard with poles, helmet and ski boots. Ski and pole tips must be protected to ensure that they do not damage other baggage in the hold. No additional items should be placed in the bag.  

Golf equipment

The heads of the golf clubs must be adequately protected, and the golf set placed in a travel bag that is designed to carry the golf equipment. No additional items should be placed in the bag.   

Fishing equipment

Fishing equipment should be packed in rigid, secure containers and rods/poles must be fully broken down. Live bait is not accepted. As a preventative measure against the spread of infectious disease in Iceland, it is prohibited by law to import fishing equipment (including waders and rubber boots) which has been previously used overseas unless it has been adequately disinfected. Passengers are asked to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations of their destination country. No additional items should be placed in the bag.  

Surfboard/kiteboards/paddleboard

Surfboard/kiteboards and paddleboard should be placed in a heavy-duty, appropriately-sized board bag. Please remove fins, cut foam pipe insulation covering and duct tape it down the rails of your board, protect the ding prone areas of your board such as the nose and tail, slide the board into a sock or bubble wrap bag if you have one, place the protected board in your board bag. Drain plugs and inspection hatches, if fitted, must be open. No additional items should be placed in the bag.   

Windsurfing boards

They should be packed in cushioned protective bags and the mast should be securely attached with the fin and drain plugs removed. The length of the mast and/or body must not exceed 4.75m / 187”. Tandem boards are prohibited. Please note that we can carry a limited amount of boards per flight. No additional items should be placed in the bag.   

Weapons and ammunition

Sporting firearms (rifles, shotguns, air rifles and handguns/target pistols) for hunting and sports are accepted but only as checked baggage. 

  1. The firearm and ammunition must be packed separately from other checked baggage and stowed in a location inaccessible to any unauthorized person during the flight.
  2. The passenger must present the appropriate documentation including license(s) relevant to the use of the sporting firearm in the destination state, and also the export from the state concerned. In addition to a visual inspection by check-in staff, the license holder must be consulted to determine that the sporting firearm is not loaded.
  3. Sporting firearms are packed in a sturdy container and labeled "Firearms" and the name of the owner.
  4. Ammunition and cartridges must be securely packed, ideally in a strong and sealed container made of wood, metal or fiberboard. The ammunition should be packed in such a manner to prevent movement or shock to it during handling or transportation.
  5. The quantity of ammunition may not exceed the permitted amount. Currently, the maximum amount is 5 kg and must be for the passenger’s own use.
  6. Baggage containing weapons must be directed to the out-of-gauge Oddsize/oversized baggage screening facility and accepted at that point for carriage. If required, it must be physically inspected.

Fragile artwork

Fragile artwork should be packed in a special box or case designed for that object to be transported in. 

Pole vault equipment

This type of equipment should be packed in a secured, plastic container designed for poles. Pole vaults smaller than 277 cm (109 inches) are accepted. No additional items that are not part of the equipment should be placed in the bag.  

This is not an exhaustive list. Please contact our Service Team if you wish to travel with an item that is not listed above.

Our packing tips

All passengers are responsible for their own baggage being suitably packed so that it will not get damaged during the trip. All baggage should be packed to withstand normal baggage handling

We recommend reading our baggage packing guidelinesLink opens in a new tab to prepare for your travel.