One of the visitors to Iceland during the settlement era, over 1100 years ago, claimed the island to be covered in lush forest. His claim has always been mind-boggling to the Icelanders who can't help but wonder what happened to their trees. Some say the wind swept them away. Others claim the "bloody" sheep gnawed them away with the farmers turning their livestock into game roaming heaths and moors and mountains all summer long.
After our trees had disappeared a new plan was implemented
Whatever the reason, at the turn of the 19th century, trees were practically extinct in Iceland. So, a plan was launched. Forestation became the new rave. Trees were planted in crucial locations. One of them was Hallormsstaður. It all started in 1899 when the Parliament passed a law aimed at protecting what little was left of forest in the area. The locals were instructed to shape up and plant trees. Today Hallormsstaðaskógur forest covers 760 hectares and is the largest forest in Iceland.
A great location for a forest
Hallormsstaðaskógur is perfectly located a little south of the town of Egilsstaðir. The climate in the area is quite fortunate. It is breezy rather than windy. Summers are usually warmer and sunnier than for the rest of the island. During winter, the snow covers the entire flora, sheltering the roots from any frost-damage. Hollormstaðaskógur is a wonderful place to visit with many interesting hiking trails and a great camping site. Here you can also see many samples of trees that grow in Iceland.
Below is the location of Hallormstaðarskógur on the map of Iceland