Country/territory: Iceland

IBA Criteria met: B1i (2000)
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Area: 600 ha

Protection status:

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland

Site description
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.

Key biodiversity
The area also supports a wide variety of wildfowl including notable numbers of breeding (200-400 pairs) and staging duck (Anatidae).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vestmannsvatn. Downloaded from on 25/01/2021.