An extensive stretch of estuarine coast with a variety of habitats including bays, offshore islands, rock and cliff areas, beaches, intertidal flats, brackish lakes, marshes and saltmarshes. The area extends from Akrar at Mýrar to Glámsflói and Sauratjörn on Snæfellsnes. Minor land-uses include eider husbandry (Somateria mollissima) (`Other' land-use) and recreation.
Other notable species are breeding Phalacrocorax carbo and Sterna paradisaea (hundreds of pairs each), staging Anser albifrons (a few hundred), Branta bernicla, Calidris alpina and Tringa totanus, and wintering Haematopus ostralegus.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The area is on the list of sites of conservation interest in the Nature Conservation Register.