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Location Iceland, Austur-Húnavatnssýsla
Central coordinates 19o 42.00' West  65o 15.00' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 7,500 ha
Altitude 434 - 499m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description Lakes and associated extensive freshwater marshes dominated by sedges (Carex, Eriophorum), covering Fridmundarvötn, Eyjavatn og Mjóavatn and neighbouring areas south to áfangafell mountain. There are eroded, flat gravel areas. Ownership of the highlands is not resolved, but farmers have grazing and fishing rights.

Key Biodiversity No birdwatcher or ornithologist is known to have visited Lake Eyjavatn by land, and very little recent information is thus available, but the site is believed to support important numbers of moulting Cygnus cygnus at least. Numerous duck species (Anatidae) breed in large numbers and at high density, but have only been surveyed from the air and no detailed information is available.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus non-breeding  1988  260 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  80%
Coastline   20%

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: Eyjavatn-Fridmundarvötn. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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