Kjarnaskógur, the "forest" south of Akureyri is so much more than a forest. In 1952, the first trees were planted in Kjarnaskógur with a plan for the woods to encircle Akureyri in the future. Gradually, as the woods grew; the area was also being developed into a leisure and recreation area. Today it has a 2 km long, athletic course, hiking trails, picnic areas with BBQ facilities and a children's playground. At the upper end, you'll find a camping site in the hills with a majestic view over the Eyjafjörður fjord and the Akureyri town.
Apart from various scrubs and trees, the dominant species of trees are birch and larch. The wild vegetation is highly diverse, with more than 210 recorded species; mostly those who are also common in the adjoining wetlands, but also rare species like primrose and bluebell.
The Akureyri townsfolk appreciates Kjarnaskógur. They call it their "outdoors paradise" as they can enjoy outdoors activities there throughout the year. It is family friendly. On any given day, you will come upon local families hiking, playing and picnicking during summer. During winter, they will be playing in the snow, making "snow angels" on the ground, kneading snowmen – or the parents will be teaching mere toddlers to stand on their skis.