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Akureyri 150th Anniversary

Akureyri is Iceland's fourth most populous municipality. At the end of 2011 the population numbered approximately 18,000. Grímsey and Hrísey islands are also within the jurisdiction of Akureyri. The Book of Settlement reports that the first settler in the area was Helgi, "the Skinny" Eyvindarson who arrived in the 9th century.
In 1778, the first house was built and permanent residence began. Eight years later Akureyri became a township together with five other towns in Iceland.  See 570A.
Designer: Oscar Bjarnason. Photo: Árni Geirsson. Price 50g domestic (97 ISK).

Parks IV

The Akureyri Park is run by the town of Akureyri as a botanical garden and a nature park. The latter was formally opened to the public in 1912 while the botanic garden opened in 1957. The Park Society was founded in 1909 with Sigridur Sæmundsdóttir as its first president. See 571A .
The Hallargarður park in Reykjavík, constructed in 1953-4, was designed by Jón H. Björnsson, Iceland's first trained landscape architect. The park is influenced by American modernism, with curves and constantly changing vistas. See 571B .
Designer: Hany Hadaya. Price: 500g domestic (225 ISK) and 100g to Europe (300 ISK).

Scouting in Iceland 100th Anniversary

Ingvar Ólafsson founded the first scouting patrol in Iceland in 1911 and the first scout meeting was held on July 16th of that year. Ingvar had been introduced to the scouting idea in Denmark, where he lived for a while. In 1912 the first Boy Scout district became a reality and was named Skátafélag Íslands (Iceland Scout Association). See 572A .
Designers: Hörður Lárusson/Atli Hilmarsson. Price 50g domestic (97 ISK).

The London Olympic Games

The 2012 Olympics take place in London, England, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948. The majority of venues will be divided across London and use will be made of some partially new and temporary venues and structures. See 573A .
Designer: Björgvin Sigurðsson. Price 250g to Europe (580 ISK).

Europa Stamps 2012 - Visit Iceland

Following the theme set by Post Europ for 2012, the Europa stamps highlight reasons for visiting the issuing country, in our case Iceland. Deliberations on the best way to communicate visual messages in the terse form of the postage stamp while at the same time introducing Iceland as a tourist attraction resulted in the combination of images and QR-codes.
The Icelandic Europa stamps are the first where the motifs, a geyser and the northern lights, are built into the codes. See 574 .
Designer: Elsa Nielsen. Price: 50g to Europe (175 ISK) and 50g outside Europe (230 ISK).

Iceland Post participated in the Stamp fair in Essen

Iceland Post participated in the annual Stamp Fair in Essen 12.-14. of April 2012. Many visitors came to the fair and payed much attention to the Icelandic stamps as well as to the other Scandinavian stamps. 
During the fair stamp no.  539B – Volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull came in 5th in the DBR (Deutsche Briefmarken Revue) competition for the most beautiful stamp of the year 2010 out of 20 European countries. That is not bad at all!
Here is one photo from the fair.
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