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Lystigardur Akureyrar

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Iceland - Akureyri

Institution Code: LYAK

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

Lystigarður Akureyrar
Lystigarður Akureyrar

About the Lystigardur Akureyrar

The Public Park was opened in 1912 but the Botanic section in 1957. The park has been enlarged three times since 1912 and is now about 3.6 ha and lies at 40-50 m altitude at Eyrarlandsvegur road near midtown.

The aims of the activity in the Botanic Garden are several. The most important task is to provide northern Iceland in general with trees, shrubs and perennials that fulfil demands upon beauty and hardiness. The garden is also meant to function as genebank for hardy plants suitable to the weather conditions in Iceland. Apart from that the general idea is multiple use, such as seed-exchange, public information, education and recreation.

There are about 6600 alien taxa growing in the garden now in beds and nursery and around 430 species of the native taxa.

Main Address:
Lystigardur Akureyrar
Public Park and Botanic Garden, P.O. Box 95, 602 AKUREYRI, Iceland.
603 Iceland

Telephone: 003544627487
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Guðrún Kristín Björgvinsdóttir
    Curator's Name: Eva Kuttner
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Eva Kuttner
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 2
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: No
    Status: Municipal: Yes
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1912
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 4 Hectares
  • Total Area: 4 Hectares
    Latitude: 65.6838
    Longitude: -18.1104
    Annual Rainfall: 600 mm
    Altitude: 40.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 120 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 2000
    Arboretum: No
  • Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 140000

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 7000
  • Special Collections:Arctic plants, Almost all Icelandic native species and a diversity of alpine flora from all over the world.
  • Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: No
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: No
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: No
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: No
    Public Lectures/Talks: No
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: No
    Permanent Public Displays: No
    Special Exhibitions: No
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: No