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Location Norway, Buskerud,Hordaland,Telemark
Central coordinates 7o 37.00' East  60o 12.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Area 427,200 ha
Altitude 1,000 - 1,500m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description The largest boreal montane plateau in Europe, dominated by undulating terrain with several large lakes. This is a major sheep-grazing area, and there is also tourism and hunting (of reindeer Rangifer tarandus and grouse Lagopus).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus breeding  1999  20 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria breeding  1999  5,000 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Dotterel Eudromias morinellus breeding  1999  2,500 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  1989  70-100 breeding pairs  A1, B2  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hardangervidda National Park 344,476 protected area contained by site 342,200  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
agriculture -

Protection status National Partial International None342,200 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Hardangervidda, 342,200 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hardangervidda. Downloaded from on 22/09/2014

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