In order to protect the quality of its salmon fishery, Iceland employs a number of protective measures. The country has remained relatively free of freshwater diseases and maintains a strict disinfection policy towards tackle, waders and gear imported by visiting anglers. This is detailed in the "Freshwater Fisheries Law" of 1970, chapter X, prohibiting the use of fishing equipment which has been used for angling abroad, unless the equipment has been disinfected according to the guidelines listed below.
A certificate of disinfection issued by your local veterinary office will be accepted at the airport when you enter Iceland. The certificate should be clearly worded on officially headed paper with the appropriate stamp of approval. Your co-operation in maintaining a clean and healthy environment will help ensure a bright future for the wild Atlantic salmon.
GUIDELINES FOR DISINFECTION ARE AS FOLLOWS:
The equipment should be immersed in disinfectant solution and then dried with a soft cloth. Examples of approved disinfectants are as follows:
1. Virkon (1% solution)
2. Caustic soda (0.2% solution)
3. Crystaline soda (5% solution)
4. Setex (0.3% solution)
5. Korsolin (3% solution)
6. Formalin (2% formaldehyd solution)
7. Phenol solution (2-5% solution)
A 24 hour disinfection service is provided at Keflavik International Airport. Price is 10-12 EUR for each rod, including related accessories such as waders, reels, flyboxes, etc. Contact the custom officers for this service.
Please note that all import of fresh bait of organic origin is strictly forbidden. This ban includes for example all kinds of worms, larvae, shrimps, minnows and eggs of fish. Any attempt to import such bait is punishable by law.