Day of the Stamp - 250 Years of Foreign Expeditions and Traveling to Iceland.
For the Day of the Stamp 2017, Iceland celebrates 250 Years of Foreign Scientific Expeditions and Travelers to Iceland with a minisheet featuring an engraving by I. Thortwaithe after a drawing by I.Ibbetson.
The drawing represents a group of travelers – one can assume by the men’s clothing that they are probably foreign – preparing a meal on an open fire in front of a typically Icelandic landscape of spouting geysers.
The Great Geysir is a geyser situated in Haukadalur in southwestern Iceland. For centuries, the Great Geysir’s eruptions ejected boiling water from 70 to 120 metres in the air, but its activity has been greatly affected by the frequent earthquakes in the area, and it now only erupts very infrequently.
50 metres south of Geysir, its ”little brother” Strokkur (the Churn), also a spouting geyser, still erupts to heights of up to 30 metres every few minutes. Its activity has also been affected by earthquakes, although to a lesser extent than the Great Geysir’s. Strokkur is the only spouting geyser in Europe.
(Size: 90 x 60 mm,
Quantity: 30'000 minisheets.
(text: Post of Iceland).