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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.

Anyone is welcome to join a forestry association – click here to register!

Our people

Brynjólfur Jónsson

Director

bj@skog.is
+354 820 2113
Editor of Skógræktarritið – The Journal of the Icelandic Forestry Association

Einar Örn Jónsson

Project manager

ej@skog.is
+354 895 6061
Supervision of volunteers, editor of Laufblaðið

Elisabeth Bernard

Project manager

elisabeth@skog.is
+354 783 9531
Project "Skógarfólkið", social media, Lakehouse at Úlfljótsvatn

Hrefna Einarsdóttir

Office manager

hrefna@skog.is
+354 899 6833
Accounting

Jón Ásgeir Jónsson

Project manager

jon@skog.is
+354 865 3080
Supervision of Landgræðsluskógar - Land Reclamation Forests and skogargatt.is

Narfi Hjartarson

Supervisor

narfi@skog.is
+354 863 6412
Supervision of volunteers

Ragnhildur Freysteinsdóttir

Project manager

rf@skog.is
+354 897 1010
Co-editor of Skógræktarritið, supervision of Yrkja and social media

Þórveig Jóhannsdóttir

Project manager

thorveig@skog.is
+354 858 7851
Contracts, forestry statistics

Embla

Senior receptionist

Reception, bird and sheep inspection

Kolur

Assistant receptionist

Reception

News

janúar 30, 2023 in News

Museum Night: Taking care of your gardening implements

Learn all about how to prolong the life of your gardening tools at the Reykjavík Botanic Garden’s display greenhouse on Museum Night. The garden’s staff and friends from the Icelandic…
Nánar
desember 19, 2022 in News

The second issue 2022 of Skógræktarritið – The Journal of the Icelandic Forestry Association – has been published

The second issue of Skógræktarritið has now been published and is in circulation to subscribers. The Journal is the only journal in Iceland specifically dedicated to forestry and is therefore…
Nánar
desember 9, 2022 in News

The forestry associations Christmas tree sales

Several forestry associations in Iceland are selling Christmas trees this year, either already cut down or inviting people to come into the forest to pick and cut down their own…
Nánar

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) and Landgræðslusjóður (Land Reclamation Fund).

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

Volunteering programme

The Icelandic Forestry Association (IFA) runs many different projects in the field of afforestation and environmental improvement and over the course of its history many volunteers, both domestic and international, have taken part in this work. For more information on our volunteering programme – click here!

The Lake House of Úlfljótsvatn

The association has a license for operating a small guesthouse at Úlfljótsvatn.  The Lake House of Úlfljótsvatn is open for visitors from October to the beginning of May. Guests can enjoy the beautiful scenery and quietness of Úlfljótsvatn and the mountain Búrfell. The ambition of the guesthouse is to develop further the awareness of the need of forests and reforestation and promote our activities internationally. Special projects for the house will be developed in the future in that perspective.

Link to our listings on Airbnb: www.airbnb.co.uk/p/skograektarfelagislands

Brochure (.pdf)

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