Country/territory: Iceland

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4ii, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B2, B3 (2015)
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Area: 1,822 ha

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland

Site description
A sea cliff in the westernmost part of Iceland. Half of the cliff is a sheer precipice, practically without vegetation, but the upper and more eastern parts are less steep and are covered with lush herbaceous vegetation. Rock-falls have formed screes in several places. Eggs are collected traditionally from the auks at certain places on the cliff every spring (`Other' land-use).

Key biodiversity
The site supports huge numbers of breeding seabirds, including the largest colony of Alca torda in the world, and one of the largest colonies of Fratercula arctica in Iceland.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Latrabjarg. Downloaded from on 02/04/2023.