Forestry Association Present Solution To Christmas Tree Debacle - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Forestry Association Present Solution To Christmas Tree Debacle

Published April 15, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Roman Z

While Icelanders mourn the loss of the annual Oslo Christmas tree, the Director of Reykjavík’s Forestry Association says he has a solution, reports Vísir.

“Right here in Reykjavík, in Heiðmörk, we have very spectacular Christmas trees, the same size and quality of the one’s we’ve received from Norway,” Helgi Gíslason, Director of Reykjavík’s Forestry Association said.

As reported, for the first time since 1951, Iceland will not receive a giant Christmas tree from Norway, on account of the practice becoming too expensive and not environmentally friendly.

However Helgi does not see why we cannot use an Icelandic tree, after all just last year Iceland donated a tree of their own to the Faroe Islands. The tree was 12 metres high, planted in 1960 and of the same quality as the trees Norway has given to Iceland in the past.

“We could could generate a lot of joy and make a real production out of [using a tree from Heiðmörk],” said Helgi. “By doing that we could really make our children happy at the start of Christmas… and it’s not like [the Norwegians] haven’t been generous.”


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