Laugarvatn - Apavatn - Bruara

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description (baseline)
Apavatn and Laugarvatn lakes and their surrounding marshes/mires lie about 20 km east of Lake Thingvallavatn, in the north-west part of the southern lowlands of Iceland. Marshes are dominated by sedges (Carex, Eriophorum). There is a wetland with hot-springs at Hjálmstadaengjar. Holiday-homes are present.

Key biodiversity
Notable numbers of Bucephala clangula (some tens) and Mergus merganser (18 in 1988, 46 in 1989) also occur in winter. A wide variety of waterbirds breed, including Histrionicus histrionicus, and hundreds of staging Aythya marila, A. fuligula and Mergus serrator use the area on passage.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The area is threatened by drainage, and birds are disturbed by traffic, tourists, owners of holiday-homes, boat-traffic on the lakes, windsurfing on Laugarvatn, and by horses. The area is on the list of sites of conservation interest in the Nature Conservation Register.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Laugarvatn - Apavatn - Bruara. Downloaded from on 28/05/2023.