Country/territory: Iceland

IBA criteria met: B1i (2015)
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Area: 900 ha

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland

Site description (2000 baseline)
A large embayment of Hvalfjördur, including a bay and estuarine flats from Hvalfjardareyri to Búdarsandur. There are mussel banks (Mytilus) offshore.

Key biodiversity
Also notable in winter are Somateria mollissima (c.2,000) and Haematopus ostralegus (c.500, which is 10% or more of the national total in winter).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Hvalfjardareyri-Laxarvogur. Downloaded from on 24/02/2024.