Íslandskort – Maps of Iceland

Íslandskort provides access to digital copies of old printed maps of Iceland. The oldest maps come from the 16th century, while the most recent ones are from 1951. They come from different countries: Austria, Germany, Denmark, England, France, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the USA, and unknown countries. In May 2015 a total of 771 maps were available, in 1039 map versions.

Where possible the backsides of the maps were also digitized. Most of the maps are accompanied by short historical descriptions in Icelandic and English. Images can be downloaded in JPEG format, PDF format, and high quality PDF.

The maps are sorted in categories that are largely chronological. Basic search options are also available.

The maps come from the University of Iceland, the Icelandic geographer Thorvaldur Thoroddsen, the survey department of the Danish General Staff and Danish Geodetic Institute, and the U.S. Army Map Service. This is a project of the National and University Library of Iceland.

Antique maps of Iceland (Forn Islandskort) is a digital library of "all antique maps of Iceland (older than 1900) that are in the collections of the National and University Library of Iceland and the Central Bank of Iceland. Maps have been converted to a digital format ... A short historical description in Icelandic and English is available for most of the maps. They are based on the book Kortasaga Íslands (A history of cartography of Iceland) by Haraldur Sigurðsson. Two manuscript maps from The Royal Library in Denmark were added to the site." The project is done in collaboration with NDLC (Nordic Digital Library Center) which is one of the information centers of NORDINFO (The Nordic Council for Scientific Information). NDLC is a department within the National Library of Norway. The National and University Library of Iceland did all work involving the maps themselves, such as photographing, historical research, classifying and cataloging. The photographs were then sent to NDLC, where they were converted to a digital format for the DjVu Browser Plug-in. The library is responsible for preserving the maps and making them available through the Internet." 


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