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Monday, March 2, 2015

Icealand 2015 - 125 Years of Bicycles in Iceland



Icelandic Post Office Philately 125 Years of Bicycles in Iceland stamp




ISSUE DATE: 19 February 2015
NOMINAL VALUE: 125 ISK
CIRCULATION: -
STAMP DESIGN: Hany Hadaya
TYPE: Self-Adhvesive
PRINTER: Österreichische Staatsdruckerei
PRINTING PROCESS: Offset Litho (CMYK)
POSTUR / ICELAND POST ISSUE NO.: 612A



The first reports of the use of bicycles in Iceland appeared in the magazine Fjallkonan in 1887. The article dealt with the abilities of women and indicated that they might even excel men. The first bicycles known to have been imported to Iceland were seen in 1890. Knud Zimsen, later mayor of Reykjavik, had a Velocipede bicycle which was a popular type at the time. At the time, bicycles were owned only by a few and caught the eye in the midst of the horse traffic. The first decades of the 20th century saw a considerable increase in cycling. In 1920, nearly 900 bikes were in use in Iceland. Following the oil crisis in the Seventies, cycling became more popular the world over. Bicycles have never been as popular as they are today with general increase of interest in the benefits of physical exercise, be it cycling, jogging or walking. Since 2003, the Sports and Olympic Federation has supported the campaign “Bike to Work”. The main objective is to raise awareness of cycling as a healthy, environmentally friendly and efficient means of transport.








125 Years of Bicycles in Iceland
Single Stamp
PRODUCT NO.: 612A
PRICE: 125.00 ISK




125 Years of Bicycles in Iceland
Stamp Sheet
PRODUCT NO.: 612A-Sheet
PRICE: 1250.00 ISK




125 Years of Bicycles in Iceland
First Day Cover (FDC) with 4 Stamps
PRODUCT NO.: 612FDC4
PRICE: 600.00 ISK



125 Years of Bicycles in Iceland
First Day Cover (FDC) with single Stamp
PRODUCT NO.: 612FDCS
PRICE: 225.00 ISK