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Location Iceland, Rangárvallasýsla
Central coordinates 20o 34.00' West  63o 46.00' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 5,600 ha
Altitude 5 - 43m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description An extensive marsh/mire, dominated by sedge (Carex, Eriophorum), with lakes and pools, 10 km south of the town of Hella in southern Iceland. It stretches from Thykkvabæjarvatn (with surrounding marshes) to Kringlutjörn and Frakkavatn (with surrounding marshes), and includes Andalækur and the area from Vetleifsholtbugaur to Hrútsvatn. This is the southern and western part of Safamýri, formerly one of the richest Carex-Eriophorum marshes in Iceland before its drainage and the damming of the Thverá and Ytri-Rangá rivers. Pond-weed Potamogeton is abundant in Frakkavatn.

Key Biodiversity A wide variety of wildfowl and waders breed in the area, and Anas penelope moults on Frakkavatn and Andalækur.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1988-1991  1,000-4,000 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  200 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vetleifsholtsbugar-Thykkvabæjarvatn. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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