Country/territory: Iceland

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, B2 (2000)
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Area: 7,600 ha

Protection status:

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland

Site description
A complex of crater-lakes in the southern highlands of Iceland, c.30 km south-west of the Vatnajökull glacier. Many lakes have some surrounding vegetation (marshes and grassy areas), and lava-fields have some moss-cover, but otherwise, away from the lakes, there are large, flat expanses of eroded gravel with little or no vegetation. The area is used for sheep-grazing, tourism and trout-fishing (one of Iceland's most popular areas).

Key biodiversity
Other breeding birds include some Aythya marila and Histrionicus histrionicus, and A. marila also moults in the area (c.200 birds).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Veidivötn. Downloaded from on 19/02/2020.