Icelandic Forest Research

Icelandic Forest Research

Icelandic Forest Research, located at Mógilsá near Reykjavík, is the research division of the Iceland Forest Service. Applied forest research on silviculture, growth and yield and choice of forest reproductive material has been the main emphasis of the organisation since its establishment in 1967. These areas of research are still important  however forest ecology and management have become increasingly important fields of study with a wide range of topics, including carbon and nutrient cycles, solving establishment problems in afforestation on derelict land, insect pests and pathogens and the effects of afforestation on plant and animal communities. Forest inventory has also increased in importance, not the least due to the need for knowledge about carbon stocks and sequestration. Other recent research topics include climatic mapping, vegetation history and social aspects of forestry.

For the majority of research projects, emphasis is placed on applied research for the purpose of advancing sustainable forest management planning and practice in Iceland.

Visiting address and telephones

Á Mógilsá

Forest Research, Mógilsá,
   116 Reykjavik, Iceland
   Switchboard: +354-470-2000

Staff at Icelandic Forest Research

Arnór Snorrason
M.Sc. in Forestry

Employed since 1997
E-mail: arnor(at)
Mobile phone: +354-894-1453

Research fields:

  • Deputy Director of the Icelandic Forest Research
  • Research on growth and growth potential of tree species used in forestry in Iceland
  • Icelandic Forest Inventory: National inventories on woodland and forests in Iceland (distribution, carbon-stock, biomass, and wood volume of forests)

Bjarki Þ. Kjartansson 
B.Sc. in Geography, Ph.D student  

Employed since: 2002
Ph.D. student
E-mail: bjarki(at)
Mobile phone: 862-9961

Research fields:

  • Research on growth and growth potential of tree species used in forestry in Iceland.


Björn Traustason
M.Sc. in Geography

Employed since: 2007
E-mail: bjorn(at)
Mobile phone: +354-863-5169

Research fields:

  • Geographical Information Systems – Data capture, consulting and teaching.
  • Cartography – Thematic mapping for other scientists
  • Remote sensing – Experiments on RS and Icelandic forests
  • Icelandic Forest Inventory

Brynja Hrafnkelsdóttir
M.Sc. in Forestry, PhD student

Employed since: 2005
E-mail: brynja(at)
Mobile phone: +354-867-9574

Research fields:

  • Forest ecology
  • Forest entomology

Edda S. Oddsdóttir
Ph.D. in Biology

Employed since: 1997. Director since 2016
E-mail: edda(at)
Mobile phone: +354-892-4503

Research fields:

  • Director of Icelandic Forest Research, Mógilsá
  • Soil biology
  • Ecology
  • Forest entomology

Elís Björgvin Hreiðarsson
Building maintainance and outdoor environment

E-mail: elis(at)
Mobile phone: +354-612-1866

Halldór Sverrisson
Ph.D. in Biology

Employed since: 2003
E-mail: halldors(at)
Mobile phone: +354-694-3722

Research fields:

  • Forest and tree diseases and beneficial microorganisms
  • Provenance and species trials

Jóhanna Ólafsdóttir in Forestry

Employed since: 2014
E-mail: johanna(at)
Mobile phone: +354-892-2240

Function: Research assistant

Ólafur Eggertsson
Ph.D. in Quaternary Geology

Employed since: 2000
E-mail: olie(at)
Mobile phone: +354-690-4724

Research fields:

  • Palaeoecology                                                                 
  • Dendrochronology
  • Wood anatomy and wood properties

Þorbergur H. Jónsson
B.Sc. in forestry

Employed since: 2006
E-mail: torbergur(at)
Mobile phone: +354-661-9431

Research fields:

  • Salt problem and salt tolerance of tree species in Iceland
  • Ecology and growth of the Icelandic native Betula sp. forests
  • Silviculture and forest management
  • Forest economy and Forest operations