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Icelandic and Faroese Place Names
« on: April 25, 2012, 07:59:38 pm »
This is very much a work in progress which I wish I had started to compile a long time ago, but we are still getting the Atlantic Patrol ships, so there may yet be some point to it.  As I edit the Mantua's history I know I will remind myself of a whole lot more of these locations.

Many of these place names don't translate letter for letter from Icelandic/Faroese into the English alphabet, so different log-keepers may have different approximations of the names.  And for Icelandic place names, there is always the Icelandic location index:
http://www.traveljournals.net/explore/iceland/locations/a/index/1.html

ICELAND

Borgarfjell (Mount Borgar)

Geirfuglasker

Grimsey

Heimaey

Hofdhabrekka

Kogur Huk

Langanaes

Malarif

Mount Borgar (Borgarfjell)

Ondverdanaes

Reykjanes

Reykjavik

Ritur Huk

Skaga

Staalbierg Huk

Storihofdi

Straumnes

Vestmannaeyjar Islands


FAROES

Fuglo

Kalso

Litla/Lille Dimun

Myggenaes (present day: Mykines)

Nolso/Nolsoy

Ostero

Salthoved

Skaalhoved

Skuo

Stora Dimun

Sumba

Sydero

Troldhoved

Videro

« Last Edit: July 12, 2013, 07:30:22 pm by AvastMH »

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Re: Icelandic, Faroese, and Greenland Place Names
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2012, 08:20:29 am »
A map from wiki of the Canadian Islands next door to Greenland - including the Lady Franklin Bay area.



And there is a marvelous map of the Arctic in the David Rumsey collection by Touring club italiano, 1929.  It is too small to show Lady Franklin Bay, but it does label the Hall Basin it opens into.  And it is in Canada, Ellesmere Island, not Greenland.
« Last Edit: September 21, 2012, 08:48:20 am by Janet Jaguar »

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Re: Icelandic and Faroese Place Names
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2013, 02:04:23 pm »
August 4th, 1916:         
8.0pm Made out ? Mountain:         
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-33379/ADM53-33379-310_0.jpg
6.7pm: Mount Borger [possibly Borgarfell?] S70W(T) 32.5 miles.   05-Apr-16            
Looks like "Borger" or "Borgar" - I saw a couple of references to a Mount Borger when doing Almanzora and wondered whether it was Borgarfell http://www.geographic.org/geographic_names/name.php?uni=-3650008&fid=2360&c=iceland (though I haven't checked which side of Iceland you're on, there is also "Borgarviriki" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borgarvirki         

Mount Borgar (aka Borgarfjell) agreed upon    Lat 66.1, Long -13.0      

« Last Edit: July 12, 2013, 07:28:42 pm by AvastMH »

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Re: Icelandic and Faroese Place Names
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2013, 02:20:42 pm »
Hi Joan,

For what I can remember from my trip to Iceland in 2004, -fjoll/-fjall is the Icelandic word for mountain... therefore the Borgarfjoll/Borgarfjall should be the Icelandic name for "Mount Borgar"... -fell indicates an isolated mountain (but still a mountain).

I think your guess for Borgarfell is the correct one :)

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Re: Icelandic and Faroese Place Names
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2013, 07:27:26 pm »
Fjell is indeed the same as our word 'fell' which is used in the North of England, as one would expect.
I'll add Borgarfjell into the list - good idea! 8)

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Re: Icelandic and Faroese Place Names
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2014, 03:40:37 pm »

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Re: Icelandic and Faroese Place Names
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2014, 09:15:33 am »
I think I might have found out where Revsnaes/Revnaes Light - Iceland was.

Iceland - North Coast- Sletta - Revsnaes - Intended light. About August 1, 1911 a flash white light every 3 seconds will be established on the extremity of Revsnaes, north coast of Iceland. Approximate position: Lat 66 32 15N, Long 16 09 15W.
Index to Notices to Mariners. 1911. U.S.A. Navy Department. Bureau of Equipment. Hydrographic Office 1912, page 26

Reference connecting Revsnaes to Rifstangi, Iceland:
http://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/1930/publication-5857.pdf
page 6 pdf document, page 218 original document

Rifstangi, a salient point, is located 6 miles ENE of Haganes. It is the N extremity of Melrakkasletta and the N point of Iceland. A reef extends NNW for about 0.5 mile from this point.
A disused framework light structure is reported to stand near the extremity of the point, but it is often obscured by dust clouds.
Sailing Directions (Enroute) Greenland and Iceland National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency,Springfirled Virginia 2014, page 167

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Re: Icelandic and Faroese Place Names
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2014, 09:28:34 am »
Thanks Silvia.  :)

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Re: Icelandic and Faroese Place Names
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2015, 06:17:50 pm »
Dyrholaey used to be known in English as Cape Portland.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyrh%C3%B3laey
 From Caro and Studentforever