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Location Iceland, Kjósarsýsla
Central coordinates 21o 40.00' West  64o 19.00' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 900 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description A large embayment of Hvalfjördur, including a bay and estuarine flats from Hvalfjardareyri to Búdarsandur. There are mussel banks (Mytilus) offshore.

Key Biodiversity Also notable in winter are Somateria mollissima (c.2,000) and Haematopus ostralegus (c.500, which is 10% or more of the national total in winter).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brent Goose Branta bernicla passage  1986-1996  395 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 
Red Knot Calidris canutus passage  1990  4,400 individuals  B1i  Near Threatened 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  70%
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Hvalfjardareyri-Laxárvogur. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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