Heiðmörk Nature Reserve
Situated on the south-east outskirts of Reykjavík city is Heiðmörk - a paradise of nature and a wonderful recreational area with countless trails winding enchantingly through a labyrinth of lava formations and trees. Some of the parks most notable features are the Rauðhólar or ‘Red Hills’ – the remnants of a cluster of pseudocraters in Ellidaárhraun lava field. Heiðmörk is a favourite with the locals, especially for sports enthusiasts, those with children and couples looking for a romantic retreat!
Heiðmörk became a conservation area in 1950 and derives its title from its namesake in Norway. The district forestry service manages the area, including its 18 mile long gravel road network and the Rauðhólar nature reserve.
More than four million trees have been planted there since 1950 and the already existing vegetation has thrived since the area was fenced-off. The most prominent of the 26 species of trees planted is the Sitka spruce. Those fascinated by the more feathery residents of Reykjavík will be pleased to discover that 30 species of breeding birds have also been spotted.