It has become increasingly common for Icelanders go abroad to purchase a car, RÚV reports. More and more often, Icelandic passengers are seen boarding the ferry Norræna in Hirtshals, Denmark, in brand new cars, headed for Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland.
According to Linda Björk Gunnlaugsdóttir, CEO of Smyril Line in Iceland, which operates the Norræna ferry, more cars are also being shipped to Iceland as freight. “It’s clear,” she stated, “that it has again become possible to purchase a car abroad, because of the strengthening value of the króna.
Customs officers in Seyðisfjörður report that most commonly, people buy cars from Germany, but also from the Nordic countries, Poland and Holland.
One customer interviewed, who had just purchased a car abroad, claimed it saved him ISK 1.3 million (USD 10,600, EUR 9,900) compared to buying it in Iceland. That’s taking the cost of shipping and tariffs into account.
The number of foreign ferry passengers during the winter time is also up, but they bring their own vehicles along. Sometimes as many as 20 cars have been aboard at a time. Smyril Line has warned tourists of treacherous road conditions in Iceland in the winter time, both when they book their fare, and also by posting information on special screens aboard the ferry.