Conservation in Iceland

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Dettifoss is a waterfall in the glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum. It is in the conservation group 'Náttúruvætti'.[1]

Conservation in Iceland is regulated under a programme known in Icelandic as Náttúruverndarlög (conservation of nature) initiated in 1971. It offers a basis for ensuring the long-term protection of places or areas.[2] The Umhverfisstofnun (environmental authority) decides which areas are to be addressed.

There are six main types of conservation in Iceland:[2]

  • Fólkvangar (country parks)
  • Friðlönd (nature reserves)
  • Náttúruvætti (natural monuments)
  • Tegundir og búsvæði (species and habitats)
  • Þjóðgarðar (natural parks)
  • Önnur svæði (other)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dettifoss, Selfoss og Hafragilsfoss.". Umhverfisstofnun. 
  2. ^ a b "Fróðleikur um friðlýst svæði". Umhverfisstofnun. Retrieved 22 September 2011.