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Location Iceland, Eyjafjar-arsýsla
Central coordinates 18o 23.00' West  66o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i
Area 767 ha
Altitude 0 - 110m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description An inshore island in the Eyjafjördur firth, opposite the town of Dalvík. There is a village on the island. Land-uses include eider husbandry (Somateria mollissima). No grazing is allowed.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Eider Somateria mollissima resident  3,000-4,000 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea breeding  25,000 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  70%
Grassland   30%

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hrísey. Downloaded from on 16/09/2014

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