A major freshwater river that drains Lake Thingvallavatn. Land-uses also include angling (salmon fishing), hydroelectric generation and holiday-homes. The area belongs to three communities: Grafningshreppur, ölfushreppur and Grímsneshreppur.
One of the few wintering sites for Bucephala islandica in Iceland away from Mývatn-Laxá (site 044). Also overwintering, in notable numbers, are Bucephala clangula (one of the few wintering sites in Iceland) and Mergus serrator.
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