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Location Iceland, Árnessýsla
Central coordinates 20o 25.00' West  64o 10.00' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 1,400 ha
Altitude 40 - 80m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description A large area of rivers, streams, lakes, pools and extensive riparian marshes/mires of sedge (Carex, Eriophorum), c.18 km south of the Geysir hot-spring area. Tunguey is an island. Pond-weed Potamogeton is common in pools, and Salix bushes are common on land in the drier areas.

Key Biodiversity Hrosshagavík is important for staging waterbirds in spring and autumn. A wide variety of waterbirds breed in the area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1990  1,300 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  150-300 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Pollengi og Tungueyjar Nature Reserve 652 protected area contained by site 684  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   5%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  95%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -

Protection status National Partial International None684 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Pollengi og Tunguey, 684 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Pollengi-Hrosshagavík. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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