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Location Iceland, Nordur-Ísafjardarsýsla
Central coordinates 23o 12.00' West  66o 22.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 700 ha
Altitude 0 - 482m
Year of IBA assessment 2015

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description A sea cliff in the extreme north-west of mainland Iceland. Recreation is the main land-use. There is no permanent settlement in the neighborhood. Eggs are collected traditionally from the auks at certain places on the cliff (`Other' land-use).

Key Biodiversity Important for its large numbers of breeding seabirds; other abundant species are Fulmarus glacialis, Fratercula arctica and Uria lomvia (12,000 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis breeding  2005-2008  12,278 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla breeding  2005-2007  19,166 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Common Murre Uria aalge breeding  2005-2007  11,789 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  2005-2008  46,608 breeding pairs  medium  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hornstrandir Nature Reserve 61,115 protected area contains site 700  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
other -

Protection status National High International None700 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Landscape) (Hornstrandir, 58,000 ha).

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

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