Ósasvædi Ölfusár

Country/territory: Iceland

IBA Criteria met: B1i, B2 (2000)
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Area: 7,400 ha

Protection status:

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland

Site description
An extensive area of coastal flood-plain and shallow freshwater marshes by the ölfusá river, c.35 km south-east of Reykjavík. The area extends over ölfusforir, Kaldadarnesengjar, Flóagafl and the outlet of the ölfusá river, and includes a vegetated lava-flow. The area is dominated by sedge Carex. Land-uses include angling in rivers and some tourist traffic.

Key biodiversity
Many other species of waterbird also breed, and it is one of the most important inland wintering sites for ducks in Iceland.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ósasvædi Ölfusár. Downloaded from on 14/08/2020.