The Hallormsstadur forest is the largest in the country. In 1899 the parliament passed a law for the protection of the remaining forest and the reforestation of the area. A century later the forested area has increased tremendously in area, and continues to do so. Hallormsstaður is located on a 35 km long glacial lake and down by a small cove, Atlavik, are good camping grounds, where families gather during weekends and holidays and all kinds of festivities are celebrated during summer. One of the celebrities, who appeared there late last century was one of the Beatles, Ringo Starr.
The arboretum of the forest is well worth visiting. Visitors, who are accommodated in the hotels on the spot can enjoy leisurely walks in the woods or rent horses for short tours. At the nearby farm Eyjolfsstadir, a guesthouse also accommodates visitors.
Photo Credit: Christoph L. Hess