Set along the eastern banks of Lake Lagarfljot, Hallormsstadur forest plantation is the largest of its kind in Iceland with larch, red spruce, and other species added to native birch, rowan, and willow. 

There are over 40 km of marked trails and footpaths, as well as an arboretum, two camp-sites, picnic areas, a hotel, and boat and horse rentals.

The forest became a protected nature site in 1905, consequently making it the first national forest in Iceland. It covers over 350 hectares per acre within the original fenced area, though the entire forest itself actually encompasses 200 hectares per acre more.

The Icelandic Forest Service manages Hallormsstadur, and the forest is open all year. It is an easy place  to reach.

Although Iceland is not known for its forests, Icelanders today plant more trees per person than any other nation in the world.

What to do in Hallormsstadur National Forest

There are a series of pleasant walking trails throughout Hallormsstadaskogur. Hallormsstadaskogur offers you great opportunities for bird watching. There are many bird species that make their nests in the forest in the summer. Besides birding, the forest offers opportunities for observing different plants and picking berries and mushrooms.

Hallormsstadaskogur forest is also enjoyable during the winter, when frost and snow covers the trees and branches. In addition. if you’re lucky you can find some great spots for taking pictures of the northern lights.

How to get to Hallormsstadaskogur?

Hallormsstadur is located 25 kilometers inland from the town of Egilsstadir. From there, head southwest onto Road no. 1. Drive approximately 11 km, then turn right onto Road 931. Continue down that road for about 14 km until you reach your destination.

GPS: 65.098889 N, -14.720833