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Location Iceland, Nordur-Fingeyjarsýsla
Central coordinates 14o 46.00' West  66o 22.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4ii, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B2, B3
Area 5,300 ha
Altitude 0 - 80m
Year of IBA assessment 2015

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description Sea cliffs in the far north-east of mainland Iceland, c.25 km north-east of the town of Thórshöfn. Land-uses include grazing, tourism, and the collection of eggs of Uria aalge from the cliffs every spring.

Key Biodiversity The site supports huge numbers of breeding seabirds, including Uria lomvia (12,000 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus breeding  2005-2008  511-590 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla breeding  1986  78,204-79,330 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Common Murre Uria aalge breeding  1986  17,100-43,600 breeding pairs  good  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  2008  4,158 breeding pairs  medium  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1982-2008  58,245-142,324 breeding pairs  good  A4iii   


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

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Skoruvik-Skalabjarg. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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