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Location Iceland, Snæfellsnes og Hnappadalssýsla
Central coordinates 22o 40.00' West  65o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i
Area 3,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 24m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description A complex of coastal bays, small offshore islands, beaches and intertidal flats, south of the Breidafjördur area.

Key Biodiversity An important staging area for wildfowl and waders.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brent Goose Branta bernicla passage  1995-1996  1,221-3,286 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1993  1,100 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Red Knot Calidris canutus passage  1990  9,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Breidafjordur Conservation Area 286,584 protected area contains site 3,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  70%
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -

Protection status National High International None3,000 ha of IBA covered by Conservation Area (Breidafjördur, 300,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Álftafjördur-Hofsstadavogur. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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