Skip to content

The nature reserve was declared a protected area in 1975. The protected area is 589 square kilometers in size and located in the northern part of the Westfjords Peninsula. One of the main characteristics is its remoteness and how little it has been influenced by human structures and traffic. The area contains gigantic bird cliffs, unique flora and cultural remnants that serve as monuments to an earlier era when people still lived there.

The objective of protection is to preserve the wildlife, geology and cultural remnants of the area. The conservation of the area is of great importance, both in local as well as international terms, since it is an important habitat for a large number of bird species as well as being one of the most important homes for arctic foxes in Europe.

For more information, please see Hornstandir (

Protected Areas in Iceland

A deep blue lake in a crater in a crater in snowy season

Lake Mývatn and Laxa Nature Conservation Area

The ecosystem of Lake Mývatn' is truly unique. The name of the lake derives from the myriad of midges in the area.
Find out more
A spiky glacier

Vatnajökull National Park

The National Park is characterised by diversity on all fronts, be it landscape, biosphere, cultural remains or service levels.
Find out more
A still lake surrounded by mountains

Fjallabak Nature Reserve

The highland reserve received its protected status in 1979. The aim of the protection is to preserve unique areas so that future generations have the opportunity to enjoy them in the same way as we do.
Find out more
Volcanic rocky terrain

Surtsey Nature Reserve

Surtsey was formed in a volcanic eruption first detected on the surface of the ocean on November 14th 1963. The eruption most likely started a few days before as a submarine eruption at a depth of approximately 130 meters.
Find out more