Nine new stamps for Iceland lovers on April 28th

On April 28th, Iceland Post will be issuing nine new exciting stamps : first, two stamps in the now famous “Tourist Stamps” series. This series was launched in January 2012 with the underlying purpose of showing the world the unique beauty of Icelandic nature. The idea was also to keep the stamps relatively small, so they would fit perfectly on the postcards our visitors like to send home 馃檪

The natural gems chosen to feature on the stamps this time are 脼j贸fafoss waterfall on the river 脼j贸rs谩…

631A 脼j贸fafoss  50g to Europe

631A 脼j贸fafoss
50g to Europe

 

…. and J枚kuls谩rl贸n, possibly one of Iceland’s best know natural wonders.

631B J枚kuls谩rl贸n 50g to the world

631B J枚kuls谩rl贸n
50g to the world

 

This issue also celebrates 60 years of Europa stamps, for which a聽design competition on the theme “Think Green” was organized among the European postal administrations.聽24 postal operators submitted their designs, and the contribution from Cyprus, designed by artist Doxia Sergidou, received most votes and now decorates the joint Europa stamp issue.

With her design, artist Doxia Sergidou wishes to inspire us to create a greener planet.

The stamp illustrates two versions of Europe, a polluted – hopefully becoming the past – and a green Europe – the future?.聽When asked about the concept of the design Ms.聽Sergidou explains that 鈥渢he main purpose was to show that it is in our hand to create a greener planet. Thus, I have placed a hand on the top side of the stamp which basically represents anyone of us, actively replacing the grey colour (the environmental pollution) with the green colour which symbolizes environmental living and hope, and in turn inspire us for a better world鈥.

Here are Iceland’s聽鈥楾hink Green鈥 stamps or 鈥楪r忙n Hugsun鈥櫬燼s we say in Icelandic…

632A Think Green  50g to Europe

632A Think Green
50g to Europe

 

632B Think Green 50g to the world

632B Think Green
50g to the world

Nota bene, these stamps are also available as self-adhesive in the Europa booklets.

 

April also sees the release of the SEPAC issue and this year the chosen theme is “The seasons” and Spring is the season chosen for SEPAC.

634A Spring - SEPAC B50g domestic

634A Spring – SEPAC
B50g domestic

 

634B Summer 50g domestic

634B Summer
50g domestic

 

634C  Winter 100g to Europe

634C Winter
100g to Europe

 

634D Autumn 250g to the world

634D Autumn
250g to the world

The “Seasons” stamps are self-adhesive and were designed by Borgar Hj枚rleifur 脕rnason.

And last but not least, 聽the stamp commemorating the Eruption in Holuhraun, which many of you have been waiting for, will finally be released now.聽

Originally, this stamp was included in the issue plan for 2015. However, this issue had to be postponed, since the lava field had still not received its official name聽– which was to appear on the stamp –聽from the appropriate authorities by the time the issue was due in聽Autumn 2015.

633A Volcanic Eruption in Holuhraun

633A
Volcanic Eruption in Holuhraun

Sustained seismic activity began in B谩r冒arbunga on August 16, 2014 with a volcanic eruption starting in Holuhraun north of Dyngjuj枚kull glacier on August 31. The volcanic eruption lasted almost six months, which is rather unusually long for a single volcanic eruption.聽It is very fortunate that these activities evolved as they did with a rather quiet eruption in ice-free terrain far away from human habitation.

The stamp was designed by聽Hlynur 脫lafsson and Da冒i Har冒arson (photo), printed in offset litho by Joh. Ensched茅 Security print.

 

All these stamps will be available聽to buy from all branches of Iceland Post from 28 April 2016.聽

For any further information on Iceland Post’s philatelic products, please contact us at聽

Iceland Post聽聽Postphil, St贸rh枚f冒i 29, 110 Reykjav铆k or by telephone聽聽+(354) 580 1050 between 9 am and 4 pm local time.

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