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Plants and forests

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Plants and forests

No other Icelandic region can boast of such varied, delightful woods as the East. In Hallormsstaðaskógur, the Icelander’s favorites forest, you will find some of Iceland’s highest growing birch, lovely paths with an arboretum, nowhere paralleled at such northerly latitudes. The hotels and campsites on the Lagarfljót lakeshore are perfect for relaxation.

In Fljótsdalshérað and elsewhere in the East, green groves of trees are becoming ever more common where the traveler can stop and enjoy the vegetation and wind shelter. The gravel banks of the rivers are bright pink with arctic fireweed and the grasslands and moors brightly colored with the flourishing arctic flora. At Snæfell, Iceland’s highest mountain outside Vatnajökull, you can observe the extreme survival skills of tiny flowers all the way to the top.

Atlavík

The inlet of Atlavík is beautifully situated on the shores of Lagarfljót (Lögurinn). Like other areas in the Hallormsstaður woodland, the inlet provides the shelter of trees, as well as a comparatively continental climate at the south end of the lake, far away from oceanic conditions. In addition to a two full-scale camping site, rental services for small boats, Hallormsstaður also offers the possibility of horse renting.

Selskógur

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.

Tinna Millenium Forest

In the summer of 2000 a forest project was started in Eydalir by Landnyrðingsskólbakkar. It was a part of the National Millenium Forest Project. The area is ideal for walks and other outdoor activities. In the 1950s a considerable forestry took place on the banks of river Tinna in Valley Norðurdalur, approx. 1 km. off the national highway. At Staðarborg in Valley Breiðdalur a green region has also been established resulting in agreeable outdoor- and walking grounds.

Eyjólfsstaðir

The woodland Eyjólfsstaðaskógur, under the supervision of the East Iceland Forestry Society, offers beautiful scenery and natural diversity. There are two waterfalls adorning the site, one of which can be accessed from behind! In order to visit, the traveler would do well to continue past the cluster of vacation chalets, due N- E.

Hallormsstaðaskógur

Hallormsstaður National Forest

Hallormsstaður National Forest is considered to be Iceland's largest forest. The forest covers an area of 740 hectares most of which is native birch. Since 1905, the forest has been the site of large scale trials of exotic species.

The forest is a popular outdoor area in a diverse landscape. There are 11 marked trails. A hiking map is in a box at the start of all the hiking trails, as well as the map at Hotel Hallormsstadur. Hallormsstadur host arboretum a tree collection with over 80 tree species.

There are two camping areas in the forest: Atlavík which is located in a picturesque cove surrounded by birch woods and Höfðavík that provides a higher level of services for campers.

Jórvíkurskógur

Jórvíkurskógur is an attractive Icelandic woodland with growing forest by Icelandic standards. It has all that the local people desire: Green growth and plants with berries and mushrooms. The trees are tall enough to form a wind-shelter, there are convenient footpaths and lovely brooklets with pure water flowing briskly an old farmhouse and green lawns. This is an ideal spot for resting peacefully and enjoy life. What more would you want?

Austurland

Towns & Villages

Each town in Austurland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages t, the influence of North European neighbors obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is the latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur