Skógræktarfélag Reykjavíkur works towards reforesting and promoting the diverse ecological and cultural benefits of forests. The non governmental organization was first founded in 1901 with the aim of growing a forest and establishing a green recreational area close to the capital.
Skógræktarfélag Reykjavíkur manages Heiðmörk, a 3.200 hectare nature reserve near Reykjavík. After decades of reforestation, mostly by volunteers, the once eroded land is to a large extent a healthy and diverse forest. It is one of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in the country.
Everyone is welcome in Heiðmörk to enjoy the outdoors with respect for nature and the environment. Park regulations in Icelandic and English can be found here.
Skógræktarfélag Reykjavíkur also manages the forest and outdoor recreation area in Esjuhlíðar.
Maps of paths in Heiðmörk and Esja are here.
Skógræktarfélag Reykjavíkur works towards afforestation in a number of other sites near the capital. The organization promotes knowledge, research and participation in most things associated with forests. Among other things, it organizes participatory planting for school-children and the general public; seminars and workshops for specialists and amateurs; and outdoor events. It cooperates with a wide array of stakeholders – schools and universities, governmental institutions, commercial companies, ngos, artists, designers, carpenters and dozens of associations.