East
  • Í Hallormsstaðaskógi
  • Grisjað á Hallormsstað
  • Heimsókn norrænna ráðherra á Hallormsstað, 15. júní 2009
  • Heimsókn norrænna ráðherra á Hallormsstað, 15. júní 2009 - Jón Loftsson, skógræktarstjóri
  • Heimsókn norrænna ráðherra á Hallormsstað, 15. júní 2009 - Jón Loftsson, skógræktarstjóri og Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, forsætisráðherra
  • Heimsókn norrænna ráðherra á Hallormsstað, 15. júní 2009 - ráðherrar við Lagarfljót
  • Leiktæki á Hallormsstað
  • Síðasta grisjun Guttormslundar á Hallormsstað, 28. apríl 2009
  • Síðasta grisjun Guttormslundar á Hallormsstað, 28. apríl 2009
  • Heimsókn umhverfisráðherra, júní 2009 - Jón Loftsson, skógræktarstjóri og Svandís Svavarsdóttir, umhverfisráðherra
  • Heimsókn umhverfisráðherra, júní 2009 - Svandís Svavarsdóttir, umhverfisráðherra
  • Skógardagurinn mikli 2009
  • Skógardagurinn mikli 2009 - heilgrillað naut
  • Skógardagurinn mikli 2009 - ketilkaffi
  • Skógardagurinn mikli 2009 - lummubakstur
  • Skógardagurinn mikli 2009
  • Skógardagurinn mikli 2009 - Skógarhlaupið
  • Skógræktarfólk skeggræðir á Hallormsstað
  • Skógræktarfólk skeggræðir á Hallormsstað
  • Smökkun birkivíns á Hallormsstað, ágúst 2008
  • Starfsfólk SR á Austurlandi og fjölskyldur í Hallormsstaðaskógi á aðventu 2008
  • Starfsfólk SR á Austurlandi og fjölskyldur í Hallormsstaðaskógi á aðventu 2008
  • Starfsfólk SR á Austurlandi og fjölskyldur í Hallormsstaðaskógi á aðventu 2008
  • Starfsfólk SR á Austurlandi og fjölskyldur í Hallormsstaðaskógi á aðventu 2008
  • Starfsfólk SR á Austurlandi og fjölskyldur í Hallormsstaðaskógi á aðventu 2008
  • Viðarvinnsla á Hallormsstað
  • Viðarvinnsla á Hallormsstað
  • Viðarvinnsla á Hallormsstað
  • Viðarvinnsla á Hallormsstað
  • hallormsstadir

Hallormsstaðaskógur Forest

(Camping, 25 km SW of Egilsstaðir)
One of Iceland's biggest forests, originally one of the last big birchwoods in Iceland saved from eradication at the turn of the 20th century. Here you have endless recreation possibilities. The arboretum with a variety of old trees of various species is most certainly worth the visit. A selection of hiking trails and paths, boat rental, horse riding, barbecue facilities and more. The notorious Atlavík creek was formerly a venue of big outdoor summer festivals.

About the forest

Hallormsstaður National Forest is one of the larger forests in Iceland, covering 740 hectares (ha), and includes the only village in Iceland that is located in a forest. e forest is a popular recreation area in a varied landscape. ere are over 40 km of marked trails and footpaths. ere is also an arboretum, two popular campsites, picnic areas, a hotel and boat- and horse rentals.

History

The birchwood remnants at Hallormsstaður farm were protected in 1905 and thereby became Iceland‘s first national forest. Birch forest and woodland now covers about 350 ha within the original fenced area and a variety of tree species have been planted on another 200 ha. Large areas have been annexed to the forest more recently, both to the north and south, and either planted or allowed to regenerate naturally with birch. A total of 85 tree species can be found in the forest from over 600 places around the world.

Natural delights

The forest provides food, nest sites and protection from predators for several bird species. Year round residents include redpoll, wren, goldcrest, ptarmigan, and raven. In summer the forest lls with redwings, snipes and meadow pipits along with woodcocks and wagtails. Besides birding, the forest offers opportunities for botanizing and picking berries and mushrooms. Edible mushrooms include larch bolete, birch bolete, and slippery jack. Rock bramble is common and raspberries and redcurrants can be found in parts of the forest. Clear streams form a characteristic part of the forest and the water in all of them is drinkable.

The National Forests

Lands managed by the Icelandic Forest Service are called National Forests. They are open to everyone, year round, and are located in all parts of Iceland. Many are easy to reach and have a variety of facilities for outdoor recreation. Others require a 4 wheel drive vehicle or hiking up steep hillsides in order to enjoy them. Read about forestry in Iceland on our website: www.skogur.is/english

Send article