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).

Key biodiversity
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.

Protected areas
National Partial International 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).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Grunnafjordur. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023.