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ICELAND

Posted by Hilmar Krocke  
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Hilmar Krocke February 07, 2017 05:52PM
I am a collector from Vancouver, Canada, and will be visiting ICELAND beginning of May.
I was wondering if there is a MINDAT member in Rejkavik who would be willing to lend me a rock pick / geologist hammer
for one week. Or alternately where I could rent one.
Thank you for your reply.

Hilmar Krocke
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Hilmar Krocke February 11, 2017 09:37PM
Unfortunately I had no reply so far to my original message.
So I try a second time :

I am a collector from Vancouver, Canada, and will be visiting ICELAND beginning of May.
I was wondering if there is a MINDAT member in Rejkavik who would be willing to lend me a rock pick / geologist hammer
for one week. Or alternately where I could rent one.
Thank you for your reply.

Hoping to hear back from somebody.

Hilmar Krocke
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László Horváth March 20, 2017 09:42PM
Hilmar,
I just noticed your question long after you posted it. What is wrong with bringing a hammer and chisel with you to Iceland? These tools are not on any restricted list, as long as you keep them in a checked baggage.
The natives are not generally enthusiastic about tourists carrying off parts of their island.
Good collecting!
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Alfredo Petrov March 20, 2017 09:57PM
Rock hammers are like toothbrushes --- You shouldn't lend one ;))
Well, actually I have lent mine in the past, and either never got it back, or got it back completely rusted. I can see why local collectors could be less than enthusiastic about lending them.
Like László said, there's no problem checking them in at the airport, just don't carry them in your hand luggage!
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Ted Hadley March 21, 2017 01:07AM
I might be wrong, but I read somewhere that all of the zeolite localities plus the Iceland Spar mine are in the far east and southeast edges of the island, and that area is national park.

You should confirm this before you go.
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Stephan Wolfsried March 21, 2017 08:21AM
I have been in Iceland two years ago. Nearly no possibilities for collecting.

Stephan
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Jolyon & Katya Ralph March 21, 2017 08:58AM
I was in Iceland about 3 years ago. There are opportunities to collect, but you have to find your own opportunities.

We drove the southern coast road, and stopped at a few places where there was no obvious fencing, parking possibilities, and basalt cliffs. In one spot (the first one we tried actually) we found stilbite crystals to 1cm in nice groups.

Only problem with taking rocks out of the country was they didn't want them in hand carry. Repacked into checked luggage and all was fine.

Jolyon
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Jolyon & Katya Ralph March 21, 2017 02:55PM
I added the locality and a few photos:

https://www.mindat.org/loc-291867.html
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