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Location Iceland, Árnessýsla
Central coordinates 21o 0.00' West  64o 10.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2
Area 500 ha
Altitude 15 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)



Site description A major freshwater river that drains Lake Thingvallavatn. Land-uses also include angling (salmon fishing), hydroelectric generation and holiday-homes. The area belongs to three communities: Grafningshreppur, ölfushreppur and Grímsneshreppur.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  200 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Barrow's Goldeneye Bucephala islandica winter  100-150 individuals  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Goosander Mergus merganser winter  1993  36 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sog. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/08/2014

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