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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Iceland 2015 Stamp Issue
Tourist Stamps IV - Eldhraun and Gatastakkur










:: ICELAND
 :: THEME: Eldhraun and Gatastakkur
  :: NOMINAL VALUE: 180 ISK, 240 ISK
   :: ISSUE DATE: 19 February 2015
    :: STAMP DESIGN: 
Oscar Bjarnason

     
    


:: ELDHRAUN 
Eldhraun lava field is located in a valley in South-East Iceland. It formed during a volcanic eruption of Laki (or Lakagígar) in 1783-84.

Consequences of the eruption.
In Iceland , the eruption caused the greatest natural disaster of this country, the Móðuharðindin (Mist Hardships). In addition to the large surface area buried under the lava , the volcanic ash contaminate pastures with fluorine they contain. An important part of livestock in the country died from poisoning - half of cattle and horses and about 80% of the sheep. This poisoning was caused by dental fluorosis or bone due to the eight million tons of fluorine contained in the ash. An estimated 20–25% of the population died in the famine and fluoride poisoning after the fissure eruptions ceased.

But the disaster also created beautiful things. The second greatest lava field in Iceland’s history, Skaftáreldahraun, originates from Lakagígar. From its craters, molten lava flowed down the Skaftá river bed, forming Eldhraun. The disasters following Skaftáreldar are the worst suffered by Iceland in recent centuries. Eldhraun is one of the two largest lava fields that have formed on Earth in historical times.

:: GATASTAKKUR 
Gatastakkur is a strangely shaped rock at Rauðanes, a beautiful and unusual natural pearl in Þistilfjörður. The peninsula is dominated mostly by heath and grassland. Volcanic magma has flowed through rifts to softer soils and solidified there. Over time, the soil has eroded from the surface of the dyke so the rock now stands alone. On the northern peninsula we find Stakkar. These are two magnificent high pillars rising from the sea.



ISSUE DATE: 19 February 2015
NOMINAL VALUE: 180 ISK, 240 ISK
CIRCULATION: -
STAMP DESIGN: Oscar Bjarnason
STAMP SIZE: 35mm x 25.7mm
PRINTER: Cartor Security Printing
PRINTING PROCESS: Offset Litho (CMYK)
POSTUR / ICELAND POST PRODUCT NO.: 613A, 613B



SINGLE MINT STAMP - GATASTAKKUR

PRODUCT NO.: 613A
PRICE: 180.00 ISK


SINGLE MINT STAMP - ELDHRAUN

PRODUCT NO.: 613B
PRICE: 240.00 ISK



STAMP SHEETS

PRODUCT NO.: 613A SHEET
PRICE: 1800.00 ISK
PRODUCT NO.: 613B SHEET

PRICE: 2400.00 ISK



FIRST DAY COVER SET (FDC) - WITH SINGLE STAMP

PRODUCT NO.: 613FDC1
PRICE: 620.00 ISK

FIRST DAY COVER (FDC) - BOTH STAMPS

PRODUCT NO.: 613FDCS
PRICE: 520.00 ISK


FIRST DAY COVER SET (FDC) - WITH 4 STAMPS

PRODUCT NO.: 613FDC4
PRICE: 1880.00 ISK



STAMPS SET

PRODUCT NO.: 613