Customs officials confiscated a sizeable stash of canned sausages, liqueurs and beer from a fleet of German tourist buses as they disembarked from the ferry in Seyðisfjörður yesterday.
The tourist buses are a common sight at this time of year, as they come in on the Smyril Line cruise boat from Denmark which stops for a day or two in Seyðisfjörður from where the buses lead day tours throughout the east part of the country. However, less known was how the German tourists managed to sustain themselves on these day trips.
According to RÚV, the bus drivers have been selling the tourists lunch on board, smuggling in plentiful supplies of schnapps, beer, canned pickles and hot dogs. The buses were even found to be equipped with hotplates to warm the sausages.
While the selling of imported goods without a permit is illegal, the bus drivers were not hiding the contraband but rather declared it to customs officials who said they would be returning it to their owners before they set sail again. In the meantime, German tourists will have to make do with the Icelandic hot dog.