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Location Iceland, Austur-Skaftafellssýsla,Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla
Central coordinates 17o 11.00' West  63o 53.00' North
IBA criteria A4ii, B1ii, B3
Area 33,100 ha
Altitude 0 - 63m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description A very large glacial outwash plain formed by the Skeidará river, on the south-east coast by Vatnajökull glacier, and including Ingólfshöfdi and its vicinity. There are some small marshes of sedge (Carex, Eriophorum), sandy areas with rushes Juncus, and flat, gravel areas that are partly or completely vegetated.

Key Biodiversity Not much information on birds is available for the area apart from Ingólfshöfdi, but the breeding avifauna also includes a good variety of waders and other waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Skua Catharacta skua breeding  1985  1,275-1,560 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii, B3  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  1984-1986  4,500 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii, B3  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ingólfshöfð i Nature Reserve (Landscape) 90 protected area contained by site 90  


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

Land use

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

Protection status National Low International None90 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Landscape) (Ingólfshöfdi, 90 ha).

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

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