A short film has been released showing the experiences of volunteers working with the Thórsmörk Trail Volunteers last summer. Placement dates and application forms for the 2018 volunteer programme are now available. Application open until January 31st.
Iceland's trees are slowly beginning to make a comeback. EUFORGEN's new video on afforestation in Iceland has been acknowledged National Geographic Society with publication on it's Short Film Showcase web channel.
The next NordGen Forest thematic day will be held in Akureyri, Northern Iceland, the 11th of April 2018 focusing on two areas, firstly seed production, collection, storing and handling and secondly tree breeding and the establishment of seed orchards.
Archeological evidence indicates that over a quarter of the island's countryside was covered with trees until the 9th century, when Viking settlers arrived and began chopping them down for timber and to clear space for farmland and grazing. Now the country's exotic, moonscape-like scenery is a lure for tourists. But the lack of trees has also caused problems – and now some Icelanders are committed to bringing them back.
What comes to your mind when you think about Iceland? “The land of fire and ice”, might a lot of people answer, “Cute puffins, Vikings, the Icelandic horse, more sheep than people ... ?” But you would certainly not associate Iceland with forests.