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Three Children Get Lost Looking for Christmas Trees

Three children lost track of their parents while looking for the perfect Christmas tree in the nature conservation area Heiðmörk on the eastern periphery of Reykjavík on Sunday. Two were found before police and a rescue team were called out at about 5 pm to look for a nine-year-old boy who was still lost.


The weather conditions were bad with high wind and sleet. The search crew had tracked one kilometer in very difficult terrain when they got a call, reports.

The boy had walked six kilometers in one hour and knocked on the door of the first house he saw by the lake Elliðavatn in Kópavogur, a neighboring town of the capital, arriving in good condition. The rescue team picked him up and returned him to his parents.



Finding the perfect Christmas tree by Mt. Úlfarsfell. The photos are not directly related to the story. By Geir Ólafsson.

Since 1950 more than four million trees have been planted in Heiðmörk. For the last ten years, families have participated in a jólatrésleikur, to find the best and most beautiful tree, cut it down, and take home. The most prominent of the 26 species of trees in Heiðmörk is the Sitka Spruce.

Maybe it’s safer to buy an artificial Christmas tree?

Nine out of ten Icelandic homes have Christmas trees, according to new a poll by MMR, Marked and Media Research. Of these homes, 39.3 percent have living trees and 51.3 percent artificial ones.


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