Austara Eylendid

Country/territory: Iceland

IBA Criteria met: B1i, B2 (2000)
For more information about IBA criteria please click here

Area: 3,300 ha

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland

Site description
Riparian marshes, pools and lakes, c.10 km east and south-east of Saudárkrókur town. The site includes the Austari-Héradsvötn delta and lakes in that area, from Gardsvatn to Borgarey, as well as lakes in Hegranes and their neighbouring marshes, ásvatn, Svanavatn, Hendilkotsvatn, Hólmavatn and Urridavatn. Marshes are dominated by sedge Carex. Land-uses include grazing and fishing.

Key biodiversity
The site supports a diverse community of breeding waterbirds, and hundreds of migrating Branta leucopsis stage here in spring.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Austara Eylendid. Downloaded from on 08/12/2021.