Iceland spar and its importance to the history of mankind: Symposium and exhibition opening:
Saturday July 14th 2012 2 pm in Breiðdalssetur.
Open all summer from 10:30 am - 6 pm
Saturday June 11th 2011, 1-5 pm No entrance fee, everybody welcome!
Chairperson – Páll Baldursson
Vésteinn Ólason - Linguistic research of Stefán Einarsson
Coffee and cake for sale by Hótel Bláfell, price 1.500 kr
Stone museum "Steinasafnið í Breiðdal" open
Svavar Sigmundsson: Lingustic jobs of Stefán Einarsson and topographical name collection in East Iceland
Smári Ólason: Presentation of national song collection of Stefán Einarsson
Exhibition opened to honour Dr. Stefán Einarsson and formal give over of personal belongings by his heirs
Friday 29th April, 12:15 Leó Kristjánsson is holding a lecture about Iceland spar in East Iceland, its use and importance. Leó Kristjánsson is geophysicist at the University of Iceland. The last 16 years he has collected data about the use of Iceland spar crystals in science. Most of these crystals came from Helgustaðir, East Iceland until around 1900. The crystals contributed a lot to the discovery of optics and more. With the discovery of the so called Nicol-prism that is built of 2 Iceland spar crystals that were used in all optical instruments in different fields of natural sciences, it is sure that Icelandic Iceland spar accelerated many technical progresses and discoveries that seem self-evident to mankind today. Everybody welcome.
Iceland Spar from Breiðdalur valley