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Iceland Stamps

Airmail Stamps of 1928-1959


Early airmail Iceland stamps were produced by overprinting contemporary definitive postage stamps or incorporating a bird or airplane into a postage stamp design.  The first airmail stamps that were actually inscribed "FLUGFRIMERKI" or "FLIGHT STAMPS" did not appear until 1934.



The 10 A. denomination portrait definitive Iceland stamp shown above, at the left, was overprinted with an airplane for use as an airmail stamp (Sc. #C1) on May 31, 1928.


The 50 A. denomination portrait definitive Iceland stamp shown above, at the right, was overprinted with an airplane for use as an airmail stamp (Sc. #C2) on June 29, 1929.



The 10 A. denomination commemorative airmail stamp of Iceland shown above, at the left (Sc. #C3), was issued on January 1, 1930 to celebrate the 1,000th Anniversary of the Althing or the Icelandic Parliament, one of the oldest parliamentary institutions in the World.

The design of this triangular stamp features a Gyrfalcon and an airplane.


The 10 A. denomination commemorative airmail stamp shown above, at the right, was overprinted "Ć¾jonustumerki" for use as an Airmail Official stamp (Sc. #CO1) on January 1, 1930.



The five commemorative airmail stamps shown above (Sc. #C4-C8) were issued on June 1, 1930 to celebrate the 1,000th Anniversary of the Althing or the Icelandic Parliament.

The designs feature an
airplane flying above .....

  • 15 A. - Snaefellsjokull, an extinct volcano.
  • 20 A. - a fishing boat.
  • 35 A. - an Icelandic pony.
  • 50 A. - Gullfoss or Golden Falls.
  • 01 K. - the statue of Ingolfur Arnarson, the first permanent Nordic settler in Iceland and the founder of Reykjavik in 874.



The three overprinted definitive postage stamps shown above (Sc. #C9-C11) were issued on May 25, 1931 for letters being carried on the Iceland Flight of the airship Graf Zeppelin

The airship did not actually land in Reykjavik, but it came close enough to the ground to facilitate the transfer of mail bags.



The three overprinted definitive postage stamps shown above (Sc. #C12-C14) were issued on June 16, 1933 for letters being carried on the Iceland stopover of General Italo Balbo's Seaplane Squadron's Trans-Atlantic flight from Rome to the Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago.



The six definitive airmail Iceland stamps shown above were issued on September 1, 1934.

The catalog attributes and descriptions, for stamps that are perforated 12 1/2 x 14, are as follows:

  • 10 A.  (Sc. #C15) - Plane over Thingvalla Lake.
  • 20 A.  (Sc. #C16) - Plane over Thingvalla Lake.
  • 25 A.  (Sc. #C17a) - Plane and Aurora Borealis.
  • 01 K.  (Sc. #C19) - Plane over map of Iceland.
  • 02 K.  (Sc. #C20) - Plane over map of Iceland.

The catalog attributes and descriptions, for stamps that are perforated 14, are as follows:

  • 20 A.  (Sc. #C16a) - Plane over Thingvalla Lake.
  • 25 A.  (Sc. #C17) - Plane and Aurora Borealis.
  • 50 A.  (Sc. #C18) - Plane and Aurora Borealis.



The six definitive airmail Iceland stamps shown above were issued on August 18, 1947.

The catalog attributes and descriptions are as follows:

  • 15 A.  (Sc. #C21) - Plane over Thingvellir.
  • 30 A.  (Sc. #C22) - Plane over Isafjorthur.
  • 75 A.  (Sc. #C23) - Plane over Eyjafjorthur.
  • 01 K.  (Sc. #C24) - Mt. Strandatindur.
  • 02 K.  (Sc. #C25) - Plane over Mt. Thyrill.
  • 03 K.  (Sc. #C26) - Plane over Reykjavik.



The three definitive airmail Iceland stamps shown above were issued on May 2, 1952.

The catalog attributes and descriptions are as follows:

  • 1.80 K.  (Sc. #C27) - Plane over Snaefellsjokull.
  • 2.50 K.  (Sc. #C28) - Plane over Eiriksjokull.
  • 3.30 K.  (Sc. #C29) - Plane over Oraefajokull.



The two commemorative airmail stamps shown above were issued on September 3, 1959 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Air Transportation in Iceland.

The catalog attributes and descriptions are as follows:

  • 3.50 K.  (Sc. #C30) - Vickers Viscount and a plane of 1919.
  • 4.05 K.  (Sc. #C31) - Skymaster and plane of 1919.

After 1959, there was no further need for separate stamps for airmail letters, as all mail leaving Iceland traveled by air at that time.




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