One of Iceland’s largest forests, 740-hectare Hallormsstaðaskógur ( is king of the woods and venerated by the arboreally challenged nation. Although it's small by most countries’ standards, it’s a leafy reprieve after the stark, bare mountainsides to the north and south of Egilsstaðir. Common species include native dwarf birch and mountain ash, as well as 85 tree species gathered from around the world.

The forest (pronounced roughly hatlorm-statha-skoh-er) is a popular recreation area, with marked trails and footpaths. Pick up a free hiking map around the area, or at visitor centres in Egilsstaðir.