Heiðmörk

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Heiðmörk reserve, Iceland.

Heiðmörk was proclaimed a municipal conservation area of Reykjavík in 1950. It is located southeast of Elliðavatn, Iceland, and is about 6 miles (9.7 km) from the city of Reykjavík. Its name is derived from its namesake in Norway, Hedmark (Icelandic: Heiðmörk), an area with deep forests.

The total area of the conservation area is 2,800 acres (11 km2). It is a popular recreational area in Iceland. Heiðmörk is where Reykjavík's water reservoirs and drinking water wells are located.

Rauðhólar are a notable natural formation of Heiðmörk, a cluster of red coloured pseudocraters.

Flora[edit]

More than 4 million trees have been planted since 1950 and the existing vegetation has thrived since the area has been fenced off. The most prominent of the 26 species of trees at Heiðmörk is the Sitka Spruce and at least 150 wild flower species have been counted.

Fauna[edit]

More than 60 species of wild birds have been counted, especially around Elliðavatn and Myllulækjartjörn.

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Coordinates: 64°04′03″N 21°45′51″W / 64.06750°N 21.76417°W / 64.06750; -21.76417