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Location Iceland, Mýrasýsla
Central coordinates 21o 40.00' West  64o 36.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i
Area 1,500 ha
Altitude 6 - 8m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description River flood-plains, c.14 km north-east of the town of Borgarnes, with pools, marshes and peatbogs. The area extends over Ferjubakkaflóia, Hóp, the lower parts of Gljúfurá and Nordurá, and Ystatunga south of Sólheimatunga. Land-uses include hunting, recreation, grazing and haymaking in some places, and there are some summer cottages.

Key Biodiversity Important for staging waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1,200 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1,800 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ferjubakkaflói-Nordurá. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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