Since that, not a trace of the fugitive was found until a stolen sailboat was observed far away from the airport. However, the getaway continued on foot to the village of Minnesund, situated some 30 kilometers from Gardermoen airport. There, the escapee stole a bicycle and rode undisturbedly to Sogn og Fjordane County, 500 kilometers away.
Along the way, he broke into several cottages and holiday homes, where he fortified himself with food, alcohol and clothing. Three sailboat hijackings later, he found himself in his native Nordland County in northern Norway, where he was arrested, after a frenetic flight spanning nearly six months and hundreds of kilometers.
Jorid Midtlyng, Director of Correctional Services in Region North, told NRK last week that procedures have been reviewed after the incident to prevent inmates from being transferred unaccompanied.
"In this type of transfer, we must ensure more staffing. In addition, we will provide more legal expertise for the staff. We also need to address the general sense of legal protection we must give to people. We want people in the community to rest assured that we maintain the necessary security as far as it goes," Midtlyng told NRK.