Who are we?

The Icelandic Forestry Association (IFA) is a national umbrella organisation for local and regional forestry associations throughout Iceland, who together form one of the largest non-governmental organisations in Iceland. The IFA was founded in 1930, making it one of the oldest environmental associations in Iceland. The IFA is an advocate of all the forestry associations, guards their interests and speaks and acts on their behalf as needed. The goal of the IFA is to further the interests of forestry in Iceland and encourage all kinds of environmental improvements. Publishing and education form a large part of the IFA ‘s activities, but the IFA also supervises and plays a part in various specific forestry projects and provides guidance and information for its member associations, businesses and the general public.

Our people

Brynjólfur Jónsson


+354 820 2113
Editor of Skógræktarritið – The Journal of the Icelandic Forestry Association

Einar Gunnarsson

Project manager

+354 891 8643
Supervision of Landgræðsluskógar – Land Reclamation Forests

Hrefna Einarsdóttir

Office manager

+354 899 6833

Jón Ásgeir Jónsson

Project manager

+354 865 3080
Supervision of volunteers and skogargatt.is

Ragnhildur Freysteinsdóttir

Project manager

+354 897 1010
Editor of Skógræktarritið and Laufblaðið, supervision of Yrkja and social media


september 16, 2019 in News

Hafnarfjörður Forestry Association: The fungi in the forest

The Hafnarfjörður Forestry Association hosts a mushroom-picking walk through Höfðaskógur on Tuesday, September 17, starting at 17:30. The walk is guided by the natural scientist Helena Marta Stefánsdóttir. The walk…
september 11, 2019 in News

A new forestry association – the Þórshöfn Forestry Association

A new forestry association, the Þórshöfn Forestry Association, was accepted this week as a member of the Icelandic Forestry Association. The Þórshöfn Forestry Association was formally founded on August 29,…
ágúst 28, 2019 in News

The General Meeting of the Icelandic Forestry Association starts on Friday

The 2019 General Meeting of the Icelandic Forestry Association starts on Friday, August 30th and runs through Sunday. This year the meeting is held in Kópavogur and hosted by the…

Our work

Our publications

The association organises a variety of educational events, both by itself and in collaboration with others, and publishes an assortment of educational and informative material. Its regular publications are Skógræktarritið (Journal of the Icelandic Forestry Association) – the only journal focused on forestry in Iceland, a newsletter called Laufblaðið (The Leaf) and Frækornið (The Seed) – a small information leaflet dealing with specific topics, for example individual tree species. In addition to these regular publications the association has throughout the years published one-off or special publications, such as brochures related to specific projects or events.

Our areas

The association manages two forestry areas – in the Brynjudalur valley and at the Úlfljótsvatn farm, both about an hours drive from Reykjavík. At Brynjudalur the association has cultivated Christmas trees in a recreational forest setting for over a quarter of a century. The Úlfljótsvatn farm was bought by the association in 2011 and is co-owned with the Icelandic Boy and Girl Scout Association and the Reykjavík Scouting Union.

Our projects

The IFA is a partner in or supervises several forestry projects, in collaboration with individual forestry associations and other organisations and funds.

The main projects that the association works on are Landgræðsluskógar (Land Reclamation Forests), Tré ársins (Tree of the Year), Kolviður (Iceland Carbon Fund), Opinn skógur (Open forest), Yrkja (Yrkja fund), Landgræðslusjóður (Land Reclamation Fund) and our volunteering programme.

The IFA has also participated in numerous other projects, both one-off projects and projects that ran for a limited number of years.

Our sponsors