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Wildflowers of Iceland

Mountain Avens Dryas octopetala is the national flower of Iceland, Hrisey Island on 6 July. An excellent book is Flowering Plants and Ferns of Iceland by Horour Kristinsson.


Many in our group were interested in flowers.


Arctic Poppy Papaver radicatum near Grundarfjorour growing beside road across old lava flow on 2 July. Iceland Poppy has smooth leaves, whereas this has hairy leaves and four petals.


Arctic Riverbeauty Chamerion latifolium near Akureyri on 4 July


Bartsia or Velvet Bells Bartsia alpina near Akureyri on 4 July


Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi at Godafoss Waterfall on 5 July


Common Moonwort at Pseudocraters, Lake Myvatn on 5 July


Rock Speedwell Veronica fruticans at Pseudocraters, Lake Myvatn, on 5 July


Frog Orchid Coeloglossum viride on Hrisey Island on 6 July


Orchid watching on Hrisey Island

Northern Green Orchid Planthera hyperborea


Heath Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza maculata

Alpine Speedwell Veronica alpina


Common Chickweed Stellaria media

Irish Saxifrage Saxifraga rosacea


Rock Whitlowgrass Draba norvegica

Common Scurvy-grass or Spoonwort Cochlearia officinalis


Please go to page 4 - More Wildflowers of Iceland