A shallow freshwater lake, pools and extensive marshes/mires of sedge (Carex, Eriophorum), 14 km south of the town of Hella in southern Iceland. Grazing in the marshes is considerable.
The lake is important for staging waterbirds. Breeding birds include Gavia stellata, Cygnus cygnus, Anas acuta and several other duck species, Limosa limosa and Numenius phaeopus.
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Skúmsstadavatn. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/12/2019.