Heidmörk Nature Reserve
Situated on the southeast outskirts of Reykjavík city is Heidmörk - a wonderful recreational area with many trails leading through a vast expanse of bushy vegetation and lava formations. Some of the park's most notable features are the Raudhólar or ‘Red Hills’ – the remnants of a cluster of pseudocraters in Ellidaárhraun lava field. Heidmörk is a favourite with the locals, especially for sports enthusiasts, those with children and couples looking for a romantic retreat!
Heidmörk 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 Raudhólar 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.