Lonely Planet Writer

No address? No problem: letter is delivered in Iceland with a map drawn on the envelope

A woman in Búðardalur, Iceland was surprised to receive a letter recently despite the fact that no address was actually written on it.

The letter's envelope had a hand drawn map and a description of the recipient in the place of an address.
The letter’s envelope had a hand drawn map and a description of the recipient in the place of an address.

Rebecca Cathrine Kaadu Ostenfeld received the unique piece of mail at her farm in Iceland, with mail workers being able to track her down via the hand drawn map and description on the front of the letter. Instead of an address or name for a recipient, the sender included details like, “A horse farm with an Icelandic /Danish couple and 3 kids and a lot of sheep!”. A further clue was included that stated where the woman worked.

The letter was sent from Reykjavik by a tourist that had stayed at the farm but could not recall the address. After being posted on the popular website Reddit, the letter went viral and prompted others to share their stories about unique pieces of mail that were delivered. One user on the forum claimed that a letter arrived to the right place despite only having an email address written on it, while another shared their joy of mailing potatoes to his friends on St. Patrick’s day.