11-Sep-2003 -- We, members of the Explorer
Magazin team, have just seen on
the DCP website that we were not the first visitors on the N 66° W
17° confluence. So we look at the map to check whether there is another confluence that has not yet been visited.
As it is the day we have to leave Iceland with the last ferry of the year 2003, we check
the coastal line and the course of our ferry Norröna
which leaves Iceland from the harbour of Seydisfjördur to Denmark via the
Faroer islands. And soon we have the
idea to make an attempt to N 65° W 013°. If the weather is fine you can see
the Icelandic coast from there.
As soon as we are on our ferry we contact the cruise manager Mr. Hansen to
get the information whether the ferry will cross the confluence or if not
whether we can persuade the captain to do it. Mr. Hansen is very friendly and
listens to our story looking a little bit like a psychiatrist to his patient. He
never heard of such a project and he tells us that there is no possibility to
discuss our idea with the captain. And there won't be any chance to enter
the bridge and kidnap the ferry either, because the bridge is closed :-).
Thus we go on deck and decide to wait and see how near the ferry will pass the
confluence. Unfortunately the weather becomes worse and the clouds go down. About 3
km away from the confluence we are on the nearest point and we think this must
be enough for an attempt. Iceland cannot be seen, nevertheless we take pictures
of the various directions.
Later in the evening in the bar we meet Mr. Hansen again and tell him that we
have been very near to the confluence. He looks at us and asks: "What would
happen if you reach such a confluence? We sail two times a week on this
course." Again we try to explain the project but we think that it leaves
no deep impression on him except the annoucement that due to our report in the
internet more and more passengers will contact him to ask for the crossing of
the confluence. He wishes us a good night and his eyes tell us that he hopes
that we are not really crazy ...
If you want to read the whole story about our trip, you will find it (in
German) in the Explorer
Magazin (from issue 11-12/03).