This is the
largest wooded area of the country. In 1899, a law for the protection
of the forest was passed and since then, the reforestation has not
stopped. Experiments with many foreign species of trees started in
1903. The most effective reforestation efforts started in 1950 and
have grown steadily since. Now, about a century later, the forest has
an area of 2300 ha and covers an 18 km long stretch along the glacial
woods are gradually appearing elsewhere in the area and the country as
a part of a much bigger project involving the farmers, who in many
cases have had to abandon their traditional agricultural activities.
Inside the forest is a tree nursery producing between three and four
million trees annually and another one of a similar size is operated
in the Egilsstadir village.
One of the places of interest in the forest is
the Arboretum, which shows the short, but relatively successful
history of the country’s reforestation. In Atlavik is a nice camping
area and every summer it is the centre of festivities in the East. The
school buildings at Hallormsstadur have been operated as summer hotels
for decades. A domestic science school was established there in 1930.
A primary and secondary boarding school was established in 1967. There
are more accommodations available at the farms in the area and some of
the trade unions have built many holiday houses for their members.