|Central coordinates||16o 19.00' West 64o 0.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4ii, B1ii, B2|
|Altitude||0 - 20m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Site description A wetland area on a glacial outwash plain, formed by a number of rivers running from the Vatnajökull glacier on the south-east coast of Iceland. There are small marshes (dominated by Carex and Eriophorum), glacial lagoons, sandy areas with rushes Juncus, and flat areas of glacial outwash gravel, partly or completely vegetated with moss and other vegetation. Land-uses may include hunting.
Key Biodiversity A good diversity of waders also breed here.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata||resident||-||20-25 breeding pairs||-||B2||Least Concern|
|Great Skua Catharacta skua||breeding||-||4,000-4,650 breeding pairs||medium||A4ii, B1ii||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater||30%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status National None International None
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