The Smyril Line ferry is scheduled to resume transporting passengers to Iceland as of next week, Austurfrétt reports. Twenty-three passengers from the Faroe Islands will be onboard. They will be the first passengers to arrive in Iceland on the ferry in a month.
Smyril Line operates a passenger ferry service between Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland, Tórshvn in the Faroe Islands, and Hirtshals in Denmark. In mid-March, the company elected to pause passenger transport in and out of Iceland in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the closure of Denmark’s borders. Danish borders will remain closed until May 10, but Smyril Line has now opted to resume some passenger transport to and from the Faroes. It has been ten days since COVID-19 was last detected in the Faroes.
While Iceland is currently closed to foreign nationals outside of the Schengen area and flights into the country are been operated at a bare minimum, tourists from countries within Schengen (such as Denmark) can enter the country and are not required to quarantine when they arrive.
Authorities may issue further long-term regulations regarding foreign tourists in Iceland, but as of yet, no new details have been released and Smyril Line says it will just need to wait and see what happens. “When that becomes clear it will be possible to look a bit further than just the spring and summer,” company executives remarked.