Friday, August 14, 2009

Helgustaðanáman


When you get to Eskifjörður, if you drive through the town and along the gravel road that leads up the coast, you will come to a signboard with some information about the Helgustaðir mine. Drive only a little further, and you will see this:
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Follow the rubble up the mountainside for a short while, and you will come to the mine.

For about 200 years the mine yielded large quantities of calcite crystals that came to be known as "Iceland spar".
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The mine is now protected, and it is forbidden to remove crystals from it, but there are still plenty of them around:
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Most are not clear enough to show the crystal's ability to refract light.

A short history of the mine in English.

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