New Stamps of Iceland

Archeological Excavations – Skriðuklaustur

\"\"Skriðuklaustur is a cultural research centre and a renowned farm in the district of Fljótsdalur in the east of Iceland. It was also the site of the monastery of the Order of Saint Augustine from 1493 until 1552. Skriðuklaustur was the last monastery to be established in Iceland in the country’s Catholic Era. A church was consecrated at Skriðuklaustur in 1496 and used until the 18th century. Then a smaller church was built but in 1792 church services were discontinued. The monastery gradually fell into oblivion and its buildings sunk into ground. Archeologists have found the ruins of the old Augustine monastery and excavations have been carried out since 2002. The Skriðuklaustur Research organization, with Austurland Museum and the Gunnar Gunnarsson Foundation as members, is in charge of the excavations. Gunnar Gunnarsson is an Icelandic writer who lived at Skriðuklaustur from 1939 until 1948. Gunnar donated the land to the State Treasury on the condition that it would be used to promote culture and research. The Gunnar Gunnarsson Foundation was established in 1997 and is run as an all year round culture and academic centre.Technical Details Issue Date: 13.09.2012 Designer: Borgar Hjörleifur Árnason Printer: Joh. Enschedé Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 57 x 95 mm Values: 1500g

Lighthouses II

\"\"The Engey lighthouse. A lantern was installed in Engey Island in 1870 and lighted when postal vessels were expected. The Reykjavík Harbour Fund was in charge of the installment and maintenance. In 1902 a small lighthouse was built in Engey, replacing the lantern. In 1937 a concrete lighthouse was erected in the island and was fitted with a 500 mm lens and gaslight equipment. It was powered with electricity in 1963. The lighthouse is a quadrilateral 5,5 m high tower with a 3,5 m high Swedish lantern. Originally the lighthosue was white with a vertical red stripe in the middle of the wall but was later painted yellow. The Kálfshamar lighthouse. In 1913 a lighthouse was built at Kálfshamarsnes in the northwest of Iceland. It consisted of a Norwegian lantern of cast iron on a concrete plate. A new lighthouse was built at Kálfshamarsnes in 1940. It was taken into use in 1942 and fitted with a 500 mm lens and gaslight equipment. In 1973 it was powered with electricity. The Kálfshamar lighthouse is a concrete quadrilateral tower 16,3 m high on a low foundation. The tower walls have inlaid vertical stripes with a crucifix moulded in the surface over the entrance. The walls are plated with light quartz and the inlaid stripes with obsidian.Technical Details Issue Date: 13.09.2012 Designer: Örn Smári Gíslason and Friðrik Örn Hjaltested Printer: Joh. Enschedé Process: Offset Litho Colours: 4 Colours Size: 30 x 40 mm Values: B50g, 50g

 Iceland: Seals III

\"\"The walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) is a large pinniped with distribution in the Arctic and sub-Arctic seas. Adult males reach a length of approx. 3 meters and weigh 800-1000 kg. The females are smaller. The most prominent feature of the walrus is its long tusks which can reach a length of 100 cm. The walrus occasionally catches fish but it grazes mainly along the sea bottom. Its only natural enemies are humans, killer whales and polar bears. Walrus can reach an age of around 50 years. In current times they are rare around Icelandic coasts but were much more frequent up until the 19th century. The hooded seal (Cystophora cristata) is an arctic pinniped found in the North Atlantic and the North Arctic. It is similar in size to the grey seal. Adult males can reach a length of 3 meters and weigh 300-400 kg. The female is smaller. The fur is greyish while the head is quite dark. The hooded seal is characterized by a bladder on the head of the adult male which can be inflated like a large balloon-like sac. It feeds mainly on fish, such as cod, redfish and shrimp, diving up to 600 meters after food. The hooded seal can live to about age 30 to 35. It is common in Icelandic waters and is most often seen far from the coast.Technical Details Issue Date: 13.09.2012 Designer: Jóhann Jónsson Printer: Joh. Enschedé Process: Offset Litho Colours: 4 Colours Size: 45 x 29 mm Values: 100g, 1000g

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