A complex of shallow riparian lakes, 30 km south of the town of Húsavík, and including rivers, streams, pools and freshwater marshes, surrounded by Betula wood and cultivated land. `Rocky areas' are vegetated lava and eroded gravel areas. Land-uses include grazing and fishing.
The area also supports a wide variety of wildfowl including notable numbers of breeding (200-400 pairs) and staging duck (Anatidae).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vestmannsvatn. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/09/2020.