About SCSI

Soil Conservation Service of Iceland - Landgræðsla ríkisins

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The Soil Conservation Service of Iceland (SCSI, Landgræðsla ríkisins) was founded in 1907. It is a governmental agency under the Ministry for the Environment. The main tasks of the SCSI include combating desertification, sand encroachment and other soil erosion, promotion of sustainable land use and reclamation and restoration of degraded land. The work is on different levels, from policy making and research, to extension services and management of large- and small-scale reclamation projects.

Ecosystem degradation is by far the largest environmental problem in Iceland. Vast areas have been desertified after over-exploitation – the speed of erosion magnified by volcanic activity and harsh weather conditions. SCSI is dedicated to the prevention of erosion and to reclamation of eroded land.

The SCSI has five divisions: Land protection, Research and development, Public relations and Administration. The agencies headquarters are at Gunnarsholt in S-Iceland, and district offices are located at Hvanneyri in Borgarfjörður, W-Iceland, Hólar, N-Iceland, Húsavík, NE-Iceland, Egilsstaðir, E-Iceland and in Reykjavík the capital of Iceland.


Landgræðsla ríkisins, Gunnarsholti, 851 Hella, Iceland.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Tel.: +354 488 3000 - Fax: +354 488 3010

Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-16:00

Director:Sveinn Runólfsson 
Assistant director:Andrés Arnalds 

Division managers: 
Public relations:
Guðjón Magnússon 
Land protection:Guðmundur Stefánsson
Research and development:Magnús H. Jóhannsson
Administration:Guðmundur Guðmundsson 
Seed Processing Unit:Reynir Þorsteinsson