IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2014

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis VU breeding 2013 present A3
Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca VU breeding 2005-2014 5-20 breeding pairs A1
Common Scoter Melanitta nigra LC breeding 2005-2014 < 50 breeding pairs A3
Greater Scaup Aythya marila LC breeding 2013 present A3
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria LC breeding 2014 abundant A3, B3
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii LC breeding 2004-2013 70-130 nests A3, B1i
Dunlin Calidris alpina LC breeding 2005-2014 common A3
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima LC breeding 2005-2014 present A3
Great Snipe Gallinago media NT breeding 2004-2013 100-200 breeding pairs A1, B1i, B2
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus LC breeding 2013 present A3
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus LC breeding 2013 present A3
Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus LC breeding 2013 common A3
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus LC resident 2004-2013 15-25 breeding pairs A3, B2
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus LC breeding 2014 common A3
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis LC breeding 2014 frequent A3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 not assessed not assessed not assessed
Was the whole site covered? No State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information poor

IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Skaupsjøen/Hardangerjøkulen Landskapsvernområde 55,375 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Møsvatn Austfjell - Hondle Landskapsvernområde 433 protected area contained by site 0
Møsvatn Austfjell Landskapsvernområde 29,547 protected area contained by site 0
Møsvasstangen Landskapsvernområde 1,441 protected area contained by site 0
Mosvasstangen Landscape Protection Area Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 1,441 protected area contained by site 0
Hardangervidda Nasjonalpark 344,476 protected area contained by site 342,200
Bjortjønn Dyrefredningsområde 1,633 protected area contained by site 0
Bjoreidalen Naturreservat 436 protected area contained by site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
agriculture -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hardangervidda. Downloaded from on 29/11/2022.