South Spitsbergen National Park

Country/territory: Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway)

IBA criteria met: A1, A3, A4i, A4ii, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B2, B3 (2014)
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Area: 1,323,760 ha

Site description (baseline)
An area of high-Arctic tundra. The Bird Sanctuaries within the National Park are islands and islets with grassy vegetation, freshwater ponds and bare areas. A Polish research station is situated in the southern part of the park.

Key biodiversity
Sea cliffs at Stellingfjellet and Kovalskifjella (both on the east coast of Torrell Land) and at Sofiekammen (Gnalberget; facing Hornsund) hold important seabird colonies, while the Bird Sanctuaries are important breeding and moulting areas for Branta leucopsis and Somateria mollissima.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: South Spitsbergen National Park. Downloaded from on 06/06/2023.