Hrútey is an island in the glacial river Blanda, right by the town of Blönduós in the north of Iceland. The forest was formally opened as an Open forest on August 23rd,  2003.

Hrútey sits right by national highway no 1 and is well connected by a walking bridge. The forest has good paths and picnic facilities and is well connected to other hiking paths, including one going down to the sea. Close by is also a camping ground and many services in town. 

Hrútey is protected as a country park since 1975. The island is open to the general public, subject to rules of conduct. No admittance is to the island between April 20 and June 20, during bird nesting season.

Hrútey has diverse flora, with trees and heather being the most noticeable. Birch and lodgepole pine are most common, but other tree species grow quite well also. Many other species of plants can also be found on the island. Hrútey is also popular with many types of birds, particularly geese.

Hrútey was never populated, but used for grazing for centuries. The local municipality bought the island in 1923. Grazing was banned in 1933 and cultivation of the forest began in 1942. The first trees were planted by the local scouts. Many organisations and charities have since taken part in planting and maintenance on the island.

The Open forest at Hrútey is supervised by Skógræktarfélag Austur-Húnvetninga (the East-Húnvetningar Forestry Association). The association was founded May 14, 1944. It owns the farm Gunnfríðarstaðir, which is the main base of cultivation.


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