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A walk through Lystigardur Akureyrar, Public Park and Botanic Garden on our way back to our hotel in Akureyri, Iceland.

"The Public Park was first opened in 1912 and the botanic section added 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 aim of the botanical garden is to grow trees, shrubs and perennials in the demanding climate of Northern Iceland, which is characterized by pronounced seasonality of temperature and day length. Situated in the shelter of Eyjafjord, which is one of the longest fjords in Iceland and provides a favorable microclimate for plant growth we are able to grow beside the 430 native species the surprising number of 6600 alien taxa. The garden is an IPEN member and is active in seed-exchange, public information, education and recreation."

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