Most people agree that the lupine plant (Lupinus nootkatensis) does not belong to Iceland´s national parks. Unfortunately, the lupine was planted in Bæjarstaðaskógur forrest during the nineteen sixties. At that time soil erosion in the forrest was a problem and actually not much was left of Bæjarstaðaskógur. But the lupine did well and soon began to spread out. This robust plant now reaches up along gullies in Jökulfell but is kept under control on the lowland.

In 1989 the lupine was already prominent in the hill above Bæjarstaðaskógur but had minor spread on the sandur below.

Soil erosion at the edge of Bæjarstaðaskógur, photo taken in 1992.


Vinir Vatnajökuls