Site description (2000 baseline):
Site location and context
Estuarine bays lying 10 km north-east of the town of Akranes, with small offshore islands, beaches and intertidal flats. Eider husbandry (Somateria mollissima
) is practised (`Other' land-use).
There are also notable numbers of staging Haematopus ostralegus
(1,000-2,000), Pluvialis apricaria
(a few thousand), Calidris alpina
and Charadrius hiaticula
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The area was known as Leirárvogar in the previous international IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989), but the name Grunnafjördur is now preferred.
Partial1,470 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Grunnafjördur, 1,470 ha). 1,470 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Grunnafjördur, 1,470 ha).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Grunnafjordur. Downloaded from
http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/grunnafjordur-iba-iceland on 02/10/2023.