Below is the most up-to-date information regarding Icelandair’s baggage policy and top CabinZero's backpacks for your upcoming journey with Icelandair.
Overview of Icelandair
Icelandair was founded in 1938 and has come to be known as the flag carrier airline of Ireland. This aviation cooperation, with its headquarters situated at Reykjavík, is also one of the leading airlines in Ireland.
Icelandair has operated domestic and international flights to more than 50 destinations throughout its history. After eliminating their Economy Comfort cabin in 2018, the airline's fleet now only offers the following classes of service:
- Saga Class (equivalent to Business Class)
- Economy Class
Icelandair Baggage Allowance Policy
If you're planning to fly with Icelandair airlines for your upcoming trip, be aware that this airline has strict rules regarding baggage allowance. Depending on the class and fare you're travelling (Economy or Saga), the number of checked and cabin bags that you are allowed to bring on the flight will differ.
For a better travel experience with Icelandair airways, let's go through this comprehensive guideline so you can pass the critical requirements of the Icelandair baggage allowance.
By choosing the right luggage size and packing wisely for your flight, the check-in procedure will go smoothly and you can enjoy a hassle-free flight.
Icelandair is well-known for being strict when it comes to carry-on luggage regulations. There are many seat-class options to choose from when you're flying with Icelandair, and each comes with different carry-on rules.
For international flights, Economy Class (Light, Standard, Flex) and Saga Premium, passengers can only check in with one piece of carry-on luggage, whereas those who fly Saga Premium Flex are entitled to two carry-on bags on the aeroplane. Each bag must follow the requirement below:
- Be a maximum of 21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8 inches (55 x 40 x 20 cm) in dimensions, with handles and wheels included;
- Be a maximum of 10 kg (22 lbs) in weight;
- Fit in the overhead compartment on the plane.
Domestic and Greenland Flights
For domestic and Greenland flights, Icelandair offers a hand baggage allowance of one carry-on bag per passenger. The dimension allowed is similar to that of international flight. However, the maximum weight is restricted to 6 kg (13 lbs) per piece of baggage. Please refer to Icelandair's main websites for more information.
Icelandair allows one piece of personal item for every passenger on international flight routes regardless of classes of service. Each personal item must:
- Be maximum of 15.7 x 11.8 x 5.9 inches (40 x 30 x 15 cm) in dimensions;
- Fit under the seat in front of the passenger.
Some common personal items include small handbags, purses, backpacks, or laptop bags. Do note that each piece of baggage must comply with the required weight and linear dimensions; otherwise, you may have to get them into the aircraft hold or pay an excess baggage fee.
Icelandair regulates its checked baggage allowance according to the piece concept, limiting the total number of pieces/bags you can check in. In addition, the checked baggage allowance will vary depending on your travel class and fare.
For international flight passengers, here’s a summary of what you are allowed to check in with:
- Economy Light: no baggage allowance included (you may be charged with specific fees if you want checked bags in this fare class)
- Economy Standard/ Flex: 1 bag allowed, 50 lbs (23 kg) per bag
- Saga Premium/ Premium Flex: 2 bags allowed, 70 lbs (32kg) per bag.
Note: The maximum linear dimension applied to all travel classes is 62 inches (158 cm) each.
Domestic and Greenland flights
For domestic and Greenland passengers, the cumulative weight required for each checked baggage varies. Please refer to Icelandair's main websites for more information.
The regulation for excess baggage in Icelandair is quite strict and somewhat puzzling. Each piece of luggage that exceeds the size and weight restriction will be considered odd-sized and charged differently depending on the weight and flight routes. So if you have baggage over this limit or exceeds the free baggage allowance, consider Icelandair Cargo.
Visit the Icelandair website for more information on what is considered odd-sized items. You can also check with the operating carrier directly for more information on their baggage rules.
Baggage Allowance for Infants & Children
For regular ticket fare, infants (under 2 years old) are entitled to one checked bag, along with a stroller, a car seat, or a carrying basket. However, there’s no carry-on baggage allowance included.
As for Saga Gold & Silver members, one extra checked bag is allowed on the flight in addition to the standard baggage allowance. Economy Light, on the other hand, offers no free checked bags for infants.
The baggage allowance for children between 2 and 11 years old is similar to that of adults within the same class of service. In addition, if the child has their own seat, the parents can bring the approved child seat on board. They can also bring a folding stroller on board without being charged extra.
To get through the security check smoothly, check out the list of items that are forbidden to bring in your carry-on and checked luggage when flying Icelandair:
- Liquids in a container that exceeds 3 ounces (100 ml) - International flight only.
- Sharp objects (scissors, knife, razors)
- Explosives or flammable substances (lighter, mines, fireworks, ammunition, lithium batteries)
- Blunts objects that can cause injury.
Note: The rules regarding food that are allowed inside the aircraft may vary as some countries have strict import policies. Check the airline websites in advance for more details.
Unlike the list of forbidden items inside your carry-on luggage, the one for checked baggage is less restrictive. If you have authorization for the firearms, ammunition, or some other forbidden objects packed in a secured container, you may have them transported inside the Icelandair cargo compartment during the flight.
Here's some good news for you. Icelandair does allow pets to travel with their owner on the aeroplane, as long as they are booked in advance and transported as checked baggage in the cargo compartment of the aircraft. For more detail about the transportation of a service/non-service animal in the cargo hold, please visit the Icelandair animal transportation page.