The Kjarni Forest forms a part of the
belt of woodland which is planned to encircle Akureyri in the future.
This plot of land has been owned by the municipal authorities since
1910 and was originally a common. It is now a leisure and recreation
area and forestation site, with footpaths playgrounds, picnic spots
and barbecue facilities.
The first trees were planted in Kjarnaskogur
in 1952. Dominant species of trees are birch and larch, but a number
of other trees and shrubs also grow there. The wild vegetation in the
woods is also highly diversified, with more than 210 recorded species
including those found in the adjoining wetlands. Among the rare
species there are strict primrose and bluebell.