When I visited Iceland back in November, I did a decent amount of souvenir shopping. Christmas was coming up plus nobody else I knew had ever been there, so I tried to include as many friends and family members as I could afford. (Note: Iceland is expensive so… I couldn’t actually afford that many people… lol) But I remember being given an envelope with one of my receipts at a gift shop in Vik and thinking “Oh, aren’t they formal with their receipts?” lol. Come to find out, I had spent a qualifying amount so I was eligible to receive a tax REFUND upon departure.
That’s right, folks. There is a value added tax assessed to everything you purchase BUT if you spend ISK 6,000 – 6000 Icelandic krona or at little less that $60 USD – on any one receipt, you can submit it to the bank at the airport and receive cash or a refund back to your card. I had completely forgotten about the 2 receipts I submitted before boarding my flight until yesterday when 2 deposits from Premier Tax Free ISK hit my account.
Its not a million dollars but it IS almost a full tank of gas so Thank Ya!
All of the shops have the proper envelops and signage available to anyone who qualifies so if you are planning to visit Iceland, be sure to keep up with your receipts as you go and submit before your departing flight. The Keflavik Airport is very helpful with this process as well. There are several reminder signs as you enter the doors and the actual refund line was very quick and efficient.
If you’ve been before, did you get know about the VAT refund?
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
That being said, after months of laboring and contributing to the strength and prosperity of this country, its time for a vacation! They’re projecting 500,000 people will be headed to ATL for the holiday weekend so I’m taking my talents to the West Coast. Realistically, the numbers probably won’t be much better in LA (if not worse) but hey, its been a year since I’ve seen my Daddy so… LA it is!
Last year, I made him take me to Compton — I was still on a Straight Outta Compton movie high… lol. We did the Long Beach Pier, Hollywood Sign, the Walk of Fame, Manns Chinese Theater… All the tourist-y crap. Now I’m trying to put together my to do for this go-round. So far I’ve got the LA County Fair and Santa Monica Pier. Both probably still pretty tourist-y but hey, I’m a tourist. What can I say? I also think they’ll provide pretty dope photo opportunities so, cliche or not, I’m excited. Gonna drop some of my favorite pics from my last trip down below. Let me know what are some must-see/ must-do things I should add to my list!