Message In Bottle Travels Part-Way Around Iceland - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Message In Bottle Travels Part-Way Around Iceland

Published May 29, 2014

Main photo by
Hayley German

A message in a bottle and tossed into the sea in southwest Iceland managed to make its way to the northwest coast over a year later.

Westfjords news service Bæjarins Bestu reports that the message in question was written by a four-year-old boy named Henrik Hugi, aged 4, from Hafnarfjörður, in southwest Iceland.

“My name is Henrik Hugi, and I am four years old,” the message reads in part, along with his address in phone number. “I put this in the sea with the help of my grandmother, grandfather and mom.” Henrik was also kind enough to provide the date and time the bottle was cast into the sea: Friday, April 29, 2013 at 13:00.

Over a year later, county councilperson Andrea Kristín Jónsdóttir – located on the east coast of the Westfjords – was walking with her dog along the beach one evening when she spotted the bottle.

“It took over a year for the message to travel by sea, halfway around Iceland, from Hafnarfjörður into Steingrímsfjörður,” Andrea reported. “But it only took two hours to find the sender, with the help of Facebook.”

By a strange twist of fate, Andrea is actually originally from Hafnarfjörður.

“Hopefully he’ll do other fun experiments like this, and some other lucky person will find one again,” she said.

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