Country/territory: Iceland

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i (2000)
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Area: 12,000 ha

Protection status:

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland

Site description
An extensive complex of rivers, associated marshes/mires (Carex, Eriophorum), and grassland, 12 km south-west of the town of Blönduós. The area covers Hóp and Húnavatn and neighbouring areas, Eylendi, and along Hnausakvísl and Flódid, as well as the area to the south along Vatnsdalsá to Hof farm in the Vatnsdalur valley. Land-uses include grazing and angling.

Key biodiversity
The site also supports a good diversity of breeding waterbirds.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hóp-Vatnsdalur. Downloaded from on 27/01/2021.