Below you will find some publication material in English on forests and forestry in Iceland.



Forest Reference Level 2021-2025: Iceland

This report is in accordance with Decision of the European Economic Area Joint Committee, No 269/2019 of 25 October 2019 which is in accordance with Article 8 of European Union Regulation No 2018/841, as incorporated into the EEA Agreement.

The report gives a description of the accounting for greenhouse gasses related to forest and forestry. The perspective on sustainable forest management is described by forest regulations and policies.

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Forestry in a treeless land

(Skógræktin 2017)

Iceland is not too cold for forests as you might think. In fact, a great deal of the country was once covered with thriving birchwoods. In this booklet you can read all about the centuries-long history of deforestation in Iceland as well as the efforts of afforestation in modern times.


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Proceedings of the CTRE Conference in Iceland 2017

(Icelandic Forest Service/IUFRO 2019)

The 13th International Christmas Tree Research and Extension Conference was hosted by the Icelandic Forest Research, Mógilsá, at Hotel Natur, Akureyri in September 4-8, 2017. About 40 participants from 8 countries and 4 continents  attended the conference. This was the 13th conference in this IUFRO series (Unit 2.02.09) that started in 1987 in Washington USA, and the fourth one outside North-America.


Front cover of the brochure Héraðsskógar - A Natural Resource for New Times


Héraðsskógar - Náttúruauðlind nýrra tíma

(Héraðsskógar 1995)

This brochure was published in 1995 by Héraðsskógar to celebrate 25 years of government-subsidised tree planting for future timber harvests. The text is both in English and Icelandic highlighting important aspects of the forestry history in Iceland, especially those of forest-growing in East-Iceland from 1970 up to 1995.

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Natural disturbances dynamics as component of ecosystem management planning

(Volume 22 of "Rit Mógilsár" 2004)

Abstracts and short papers from the workshop of the SNS network Natural disturbance dynamics analysis for forest ecosystem management in Geysir, Iceland, 11.-15. October, 2003.
Sigurgeirsson, A., Jõgiste, K.