Site description (2000 baseline):
Site location and context
A large embayment of Hvalfjördur, including a bay and estuarine flats from Hvalfjardareyri to Búdarsandur. There are mussel banks (Mytilus
Also notable in winter are Somateria mollissima
(c.2,000) and Haematopus ostralegus
(c.500, which is 10% or more of the national total in winter).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The area is on the list of sites of conservation interest in the Nature Conservation Register.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Hvalfjardareyri-Laxarvogur. Downloaded from
http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/hvalfjardareyri-laxarvogur-iba-iceland on 01/10/2023.