Icelandic lighthouses, traditional buildings and the Day of the Stamp!

Iceland’s next and long-awaited issue is coming up soon!

On September the 10th, 2 new stamps, 2 booklets containing four stamps each AND a mini-sheet will be released.

The set is the fifth and last of our Lighthouses series, the two booklets feature sketches of traditional Icelandic buildings and the  mini-sheet for the Day of the Stamp is dedicated to the 2015 International Year of Soils.

The set

The lighthouse of Elliðaey stands on the Heiðnaberg cliff in Breiðafjörður, a large  bay about 50 km wide and 125 km long, in the west of Iceland. Since, 1902 there have been lighthouses on Heiðnaberg, and the current lighthouse is the fourth! it is made of concrete and has been powered with solar energy since 1991. The Elliðaey lighthouse is one of the two triangular lighthouses in Iceland, the other being the Stokksnes lighthouse . This stamp is for priority domestic use and worth 153 ISK.

622A

The lighthouse of Æðey (Duck Island) in Ísafjördur was built in 1944 and taken into use in 1949. An English lantern was installed at that time, but electricity from the main power grid was installed in 1988. The lighthouse of Æðey is a concrete cylindrical and conical tower. This stamp is for priority use to Europe and worth 180 ISK, 

622B

The lighthouse in Elliðaey

 

The booklets

The traditional building materials in Iceland are mainly turf, wood, and driftwood and stone buildings only started becoming common from the 18th century onwards. The traditional materials’ durability is rather short, especially when exposed to long wet winters! This partly explains why there remain very few old buildings in Iceland prior to the 18th Century. Most of them are now under the protection of Minjavernd, the Icelandic heritage institute, or are in custody of the National Museum of Iceland. The stamps feature the Church in Hof (1884), The Vigur windmill (1860), the Flatey library (1864) and the turf shed in Vatnsfjörður (circa 1880).

Both booklets count four stamps. The stamps in the first booklet are domestic non-priority and worth 132 ISK each.

Hjallur in Vatnsfjörður

Hjallur in Vatnsfjörður

 

The library in Flatey

The library in Flatey

 The second booklet for international priority use to Europe and the stamps have a value of 180 ISK. 

The windmill in Vigur

The windmill in Vigur

 

The Church in Hof

The Church in Hof

 

The mini-sheet

2015 is the International Year of Soils.

Day of the stamp The International Year of the Soils

Day of the stamp
The International Year of the Soils

Soils are the foundation for vegetation which is cultivated or managed for feed, fibre, fuel and medicinal products. They support our planet’s biodiversity and help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle. As soil is a a non-renewable resource, it is crucial to keep it healthy, and preserve it in order to preserve the future generations.

 But soils are being threatened by growing cities, deforestation, unsustainable land use and utilization methods. The rate of soil erosion threatens the ability of future generations to cultivate the land. The primary objective of the International Year of Soils is to draw mankind‘s attention to the importance of healthy soils and to promote sustainable use in order to protect this important natural resource. 

Especially in Iceland the soil is very vulnerable to erosion, but forestry makes it possible to strengthen the soils, and through this, to strengthen Icelandic agriculture, sustain sound regional development in rural areas and increase the yield of the land. 

The face value of the mini-sheet is 2x 510 ISK, for domestic use up to 500g.

All these new goodies and many more are available in our webshop  NOW :-)

We’ll keep you posted ;-)

 

 

 

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