Country/territory: Iceland

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4ii, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B3 (2000)
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Area: 1,000 ha

Protection status:

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland

Site description
Mainland sea cliffs in the extreme north-west of Iceland. Recreation is the main human activity in the area. There is no permanent settlement in the neighbourhood. Eggs are collected traditionally from auks at certain places along the cliff.

Key biodiversity
The site supports a huge number of breeding seabirds. A total of 70,000 pairs of Alca torda nest at this site and at Hornbjarg (site 001) combined, although it is more common at this site, while less than 10,000 pairs of Fratercula arctica nest at the two sites in total (probably closer to 4,000-5,000 pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hælavíkurbjarg. Downloaded from on 07/08/2020.