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ICELAND POSTAL SERVICE 2001 ISSUE
Design by Hlynur Olafsson/H Arnason/Mats Wibe Lund

Iceland Postal Service will issue 1 new mini sheet and 2 new stamps on the 9th day of October 2001. The mini sheet features the mountain of Esja and the stamps feature two of Iceland Islands. A brief explanation of each is listed below:
Esja Mountain - towers over Reykjavik at the height of 914m (3000ft). It is estimated to be 2.8 million years old and developed through volcanic eruptions. Scientists speculate that an ice glacier melted 11,000 years ago and Esja appeared in its present state. Esja is now a popular activity area, offering magnificent views over wide areas of Reykjavik and the southwest.
Grimsey Island - is the northernmost inhabited part of Iceland. It has an area of 5.3 km square and is situated 41 km north of the main island. The Arctic Circle crosses it and the sun doesn't set there at summer solstice. The island highest point is 105 meters above sea level and the weather is usually mild. The average temperature of the coldest month, January is 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1.1 Celsius) and the warmest month, August is 47 degrees Fahrenheit (8.3 Celsius). Grimsey is a community with about 100 inhabitants, who base their livelihood almost solely on fisheries. The island was settled early and according to unconfirmed reports there was up to 50 farms on the island in the days of old. Polar bears have often appeared on the island, being brought there by the drifting ice flows from Greenland
Papey Island - is the largest island off the coast of Iceland. It has an area of about 2 km square. The island received its name from early Irish monk settlers called "papar." There are many cliffs around the island seaboard, and a great number of eider ducks occupy the island. In 1922 a light house was built in Hellisbjarg, the highest point of the island.

The Iceland Postal Service mini sheet can be purchase as single, or First Day Cover. The stamps can be purchase as singles, sheets of 10 or FDC. The mini sheet size is 48 x 105mm and each stamp size is 30.56 x 38mm. The printing process for the mini sheet and stamps is Offset Lithography.


To order these stamps or to learn more go to www.postur.is/postphil. Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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