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Iceland Postal Service 2003 Issue
Design by Hlynur Olafsson

Island Ferries

The Iceland Postal Service will issue four new stamps with postage values of 45kr. & 60kr. named "Iceland Ferries" on the 23rd of April 2003. Ferries are being used throughout the world and Iceland is no exception. They are usually used for small island transportation to and from a mainland or other island. But in recent years, bridges have been replacing the Ferries. In the country of Iceland there are still some islands still requiring ferries. For instance the Westmann islands, Grimsey, Hrisey, Aeoey, Vigur and Flatey in Breidafjordur. Some People use ferries for transportation and others use them to tour the country side or even just to see some of the whales and birds of the islands. The stamps depict four island-ferries:

  • Saevar - maintains regular transportation to Hrisey. The ferry was built in 1999 and is 149 BRT (brutto register tons.)
  • Saefari - operates the Gimsey route and cargo transportation to Hrisey. It was built in 1978 and is 367 BRT.
  • Baldur - operates the Breidafjordur route. This ship was built in 1990 and is 647 BRT.
  • Herjolfur - operates the route between the mainland and Westmann islands. The ship is 10 years old, built in 1992. It is 3354 BRT.

The Island Ferries stamps can be purchased in two different 4 stamp Booklets. One booklet has four 45kr stamps and the other has four 60kr stamps. The stamp size measures 26 mm x 36.94 mm and will be printed by Cartor s/a using the offset Lithography printing process.

Island Ferries Booklets
FDC Stamp


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

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