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.
The site supports a diverse community of breeding waterbirds, and hundreds of migrating Branta leucopsis stage here in spring.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Austara Eylendid. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/12/2021.