A stowaway was intercepted on the Norræna ferry from Denmark, but it is unclear exactly why the person in question chose to travel this way.
RÚV reports that the stowaway – identified only as an adult male – was found by ferry employees on their way to Iceland last week.
Jónas Wilhelmsson Jensen, chief of the East Iceland police, told reporters that stowaways are the responsibility of the ship they stowed away on. At the same time, the ferry captain contacted police on the matter for advisement. According to Chapter 2 Article 7 of the Law on Foreigners, stowaways may only exit the ship they stowed away in with the permission of the local police.
Jónas said that such permission is only granted to those seeking asylum in Iceland, which the stowaway was not. In fact, no one knows why he chose to come to Iceland in this manner.
The stowaway was locked in a special room on the ship, made for passengers who require supervision, and taken back from whence he came. He reportedly arrived in Hirtshals, Denmark last Saturday.