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The forest in Hallormsstaðir is cultivated. How many trees do you need to actually have a forest? And how high do they need to be, so that it may be called "forest"? Well, very strictly speaking, this might well be the only forest in Iceland.


The tallest tree in 2005 was a Black Cottonwood (ísl Alaskaösp) [Populus trichocarpa], 22.8 m high.


Experiments with imported tree species were initiated here in 1903. In 1938, the first larch grove was planted, demonstrating that wood cultivation was feasible in Iceland. And in late summer large quantities of berries and mushrooms are yours for the taking.


The Hallormsstaður arboretum is unique in Iceland, comprising a collection of around 70 tree species.


Exif: ISO 200 ; f/5.6 ; 1/40 ; @14mm

IR converted, 840nm

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Taken on July 20, 2012