Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
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).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The area is on the list of sites of conservation interest in the Nature Conservation Register.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Hvalfjardareyri-Laxarvogur. Downloaded from on 01/10/2023.