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Iceland is not known for its forrests. However, there are a few in Austurland, including Hallormsstaðaskógur which is thought to be the biggest forrest in Iceland. Forrests can offer some great outdoor areas, especially where the shelter visitors from the elements.

Hallormsstaðaskógur National Forest is considered to be Iceland´s largest forest. The forest covers an area of 740 hectares, most of which is native birch. The birchwood remnants at Hallormsstaðaskógur farm were declared protected in 1905 and thereby became Iceland´s first national forest and is now managed by the Icelandic Forest Service. Hallormsstaðaskógur is a popular outdoor recreational area for both locals and travelers, with its diverse landscapes and over 40 km of versatile hiking routes and marked trails, campsites, open spaces, and playgrounds. The Hallormsstaður Arboretum is unique in Iceland, comprising a collection of around 80 tree species from all over the world. 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 fills with redwings, snipes, and meadow pipits, along with woodcocks and wagtails. Besides birding, the forest offers opportunities for botanizing and picking berries and mushrooms.
Hálsaskógur is in Búlandsnes, a short distance west of Djúpivogur. The forest area is very nice and there are signs providing information about the forest, such as the tree species, as well as tables and benches. There are footpaths going through the planted forest which makes it particularly suitable for those who prefer light walks.
Selskógur the small forest on the eastern outskirts of Egilsstaðir, mainly consists of birch but also numerous rowans. Inviting woodchip trails of various lengths lure the wanderer to stroll through the peaceful surroundings.  A football field and a playground are among other recreational options in the area.
Jórvíkurskógur is an attractive Icelandic woodland. It has all that the local people disire: Green growth and plants with berries and mushrooms. The trees are tall enough to form a wind-shelter, there ar enice hiking trails and lovely brooklets with pure water flowing briskly, old farmhouse, and green lawns. This is an ideal spot for resting peacefully and enjoy life.
Aldamótaskógur at Tinna
In the summer 2000, a project was started in Iceland to celebrate the turn of the century and the 70th anniversary of Iceland Forestry Society. Five Millennium Forests (Aldamótaskógur) were planted in Iceland; one tree for each living Icelander.  The plants, representing the inhabitants of Austurland, where planted by Tinnudalsá river (Tinna), at Eydalir. A few decades before, some trees had been planted in that same area turning it into a great outdoor recreational area. A beautiful marked hiking trail runs through the forest, along Tinna. 
Arboretum in Hallormsstaðar Forest
The Arboretum in Hallormsstaðaskógur Forest has about 80 species of trees and shrubs from all over the world, and the museum is unique in Iceland. It is best to enter the tree museum from the car park by the main road, where there are also toilet facilities, and follow the footpath through the museum. It is recommended to spend 2 to 3 hours exploring the museum and enjoying the outdoors. It is also ideal to bring a packed lunch, which is fun to eat by the river.