Recreational fund

Efling-trade union has more than fifty summerhouses in most parts of the country that can be rented all year round for a week or for weekends. Efling also offers discount tickets from Icelandair and Úrval Útsýn, refund for accommodation in Iceland and fishing- and campingcards.

Applications may be submitted online through the website of Efling, but also via email at orlof@efling.is, in which case one’s name, ID number must be included, along with one’s first choice of vacation house, second choice and so on up to and including the sixth choice.

Contact the office for more information.

 

Terms and means of allocation

Terms

The holiday houses are collectively owned by all members of Efling

Rules and responsibilities:

  • The renter is responsible for the holiday house/apartment and keys will be delivered to her/him only. Rights can NOT be transferred to others.
  • The renter is fully responsible for any damage caused by the renter or her/his guests
  • The renter must notify the supervisor immediately if anything in the house is wanting or if any damage occurs during the stay
  • Pets are NOT allowed
  • Rules on how many people can stay overnight in a house must be respected
  • The renter is responsible for cleaning and preserving the house’s condition and must familiarize themselves with the house rules. Houses must always be cleaned at the end of a stay.
  • The renter must respect the privacy of other dwellers in the surrounding area
  • The renter must familiarize themselves with the information in the rental agreement
  • During winter, the renter must check road conditions before heading out, since snow clearing on roads cannot be ensured every day

Points system and allotments

Efling’s computer system for holiday houses manages all allotments and members earn rights in the form of points. In some cases, members’ age can also have an impact. A member’s points status is determined by contributions paid to the Union, but the system is designed to maintain equality and those on low wages also have a chance to be allotted holiday houses and apartments.

The system arranges all applications by points, so that those applicants with the most points are at the top of the line, and so on.If two applicants have the same number of points, the applicants’ age determines who gets an allotment first. The system then reviews all the applications and looks at every allotment individually.

There is only one round of allotments for summer and another one for Easter, and they are for members with 200 points or more in the system.After the Easter allotment has taken place, the booking site is opened to all members with rights. In case of the summer allotment, the booking site is opened in steps for other members, who can then book the available houses at each time.First, for 3 days for those with 100 points or more in the system.Then, for 3 days for those with 1 point or more. Finally, it is opened to all members with rights.

First come first served

After an allotment has taken place, the booking site is opened and available houses can be booked, depending on members’ points status. For further information, see the Recreational Fund’s main website.

Collecting points

Until recently, 1 point was collected per month for approximately ¼ employment, and 2 points for anything above that. After a recent change in the rules, points are now calculated from the minimum wage insurance. 1 point is collected for anything under ¼ of the minimum wage insurance, 2 points for anything between ¼ and a full minimum wage insurance, and 3 points for anything above that.Also, after the recent change in the rules, points will not expire after 12 years and will not cap at 288 points. Instead, members can collect points for as long as they pay contributions to the Union.

Members who are job seekers and pay Union contributions off the unemployment benefits also have a right to rent holiday houses.

 

Cards and discounts

Icelandair discount voucher

Members of Efling can purchase a voucher worth ISK 30,000 that can be used when booking a service with Icelandair. The price for one voucher is ISK 20,000 for Efling’s members – so members can save a decent amount. The vouchers are sold in Efling’s offices. They can also be purchased by sending an e-mail to orlofssjodur@efling. The e-mail should include the name and social security number (kennitala) of the buyer.

The vouchers are valid for two years and cannot be returned after purchase.

Using the voucher: When purchasing a service on Icelandair’s website, enter the voucher code. ISK 30,000 will then be deducted from the total price.

When you buy an Icelandair voucher, 10 points are deducted from your points.

Note that the voucher cannot be used to cover taxes when using Saga points to pay for an airfare.

There are a limited number of vouchers available. Each member can only purchase one voucher every 12 months. 

The right to grants/refunds from the Recreational Fund is based on the following:• Contributions must have been paid to the fund for the previous six consecutive months and members must have enough points.

  • Members who receive pension or disability pension can purchase vouchers for two years after retirement (as with rights to other funds) if they have enough points.

Úrval útsýn discount voucher

Members of Efling can purchase a voucher worth ISK 30,000 that can be used when booking a service with Úrval Útsýn. The price for one voucher is ISK 20,000 for Efling’s members – so members can save a decent amount. The vouchers are sold in Efling’s offices. They can also be purchased by sending an e-mail to orlofssjodur@efling.is. The e-mail should include the name and social security number (kennitala) of the buyer.

The vouchers can be used for all package tours sold by Sumarferðir and Úrval Útsýn that are valid in the period from March 1st, 2018, to December 31st, 2019. The travel agencies will accept the vouchers as part of payment for trips during that time. Note that the vouchers cannot be used for trips over Christmas or Easter. The vouchers are non-refundable.

Using the voucher: When purchasing a service with Úrval Útsýn, enter the voucher code. ISK 30,000 will then be deducted from the total price.

When you buy an Úrval Útsýn voucher, 10 points are deducted from your points.

There are a limited number of vouchers available. Each member can only purchase one voucher every 12 months. 

The right to grants/refunds from the Recreational Fund is based on the following:

  • Contributions must have been paid to the fund for the previous six consecutive months and members must have enough points.
  • Members who receive pension or disability pension can purchase vouchers for two years after retirement (as with rights to other funds) if they have enough points.

Travel accomodation discounts in Iceland

By offering discounts of travel accommodation in Iceland, the Union wants to meet the wishes of those who do not use the Union holiday houses but who pay for accommodation when travelling domestically.

You must present an official invoice with your name and social security number (kennitala), from an acknowledged service provider. Then, the Union will refund up to half of the invoice amount, but a maximum of ISK 10,000.

An official invoice means that it must be issued by a certified accommodation provider and must include all the necessary information.

This applies to all accommodation in Iceland as well as package trips that include accommodation.

The same terms apply when renting campers or motorhomes.

Note that the discount cannot be used when renting holiday houses from Efling or from other unions.

Each member can only use the discount once every 12 months. 

The right to grants/refunds from the Recreational Fund is based on the following:• Contributions must have been paid to the fund for the previous six consecutive months and members must have enough points.• Members who receive pension or disability pension can purchase vouchers for two years after retirement (as with rights to other funds) if they have enough points.

Fishing card 2020

Enjoy fishing in Iceland

The Fishing Card for 2020 is now available and, as in the last few years, Efling’s members can get it for only ISK 4,500. The full price is ISK 7,900.

The card can be purchased in Efling’s offices. If you wish to receive the card by mail to a home-address, send a request by e-mail to orlofssjodur@efling.is and you will then receive payment instructions.

The Fishing Card offers good value for fishing enthusiasts as well as families. With the Fishing Card, you can fish in 34 lakes around the country, almost without limits, and you can camp around many of them without charge. Children under the age of 14, accompanying the card holder, can fish for free.

This allows you to go camping by beautiful lakes, for shorter or longer periods, without spending time on figuring out where to buy fishing licences, whether there is fish in the lake, etc.

When you buy the Fishing Card, 10 points are deducted from your points.

The card comes with an informative brochure, containing descriptions of the fishing areas, rules, maps and photos.

The brochure also has information in English, see www.veidikortid.is

The right to grants/refunds from the Recreational Fund is based on the following:• Contributions must have been paid to the fund for the previous six consecutive months and members must have enough points.• Members who receive pension or disability pension can purchase vouchers for two years after retirement (as with rights to other funds) if they have enough points.

Camping card 2020

Save money while camping

The card gives you access to around 42 camp sites around the country.

The Camping Card has been very popular for a number of years and its popularity is still growing.

The card is sold in Efling’s offices at a great price – only ISK 12,000. The full price is ISK 19,000, so Efling’s members can save a decent amount. If you wish to receive the card by mail to a home-address, send a request by e-mail to orlofssjodur@efling.is and you will then receive payment instructions.

The Camping Card has sold very well in the last few years and the card holder, as well as their partner and up to four children, can stay in over 40 camp sites around the country.

The Camping Card allows you to stay for up to four consecutive nights in each camp site. There are no limits to how often you can visit each camp site. Included in the card are up to a total of 28 nights and it is valid for tent trailers, camping trailers, motor homes, as well as tents.

When you buy the Camping Card, 5 points will be deducted from your points.

For further information on the card and the discounts that come with it, go to the Camping Card website www.utilegukortid.is

The right to grants/refunds from the Recreational Fund is based on the following:• Contributions must have been paid to the fund for the previous six consecutive months and members must have enough points.• Members who receive pension or disability pension can purchase vouchers for two years after retirement (as with rights to other funds) if they have enough points.

 

How to book houses

 

Available houses

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