- Jökulsárgljúfur (www)
- Skaftafell (www)
- Snæfellsjökull (www)
- Thingvellir (www)
- Ástjörn an Ásfjall
- Kasthúsatjörn og adliggjandi fjara
- Blautós and Innstavogsnes
- Búdahraun (www)
- Fjallabak (www)
- Gullfoss (www)
- Herdubreidarlindir Area (www)
- Hornstrandir (www)
- Kverkfjöll Mountains and Hvannalindir (www)
- Ingólfshöfdi (www)
- Lónsöræfi (www)
- Pollengi and Tunguey
- Salthöfdi and Salthöfdamyri
- Snæfellsnes, protected areas at Budir, Arnarstapi and Hellnar
- Surtsey (www)
- Vatnsfjördur (www)
- Thjórsárver (www)
- Eldborg, Bláfjöll
- Eldborg, Geitahlíd, Grindavík
- Eldborg, Hnappadalur
- Gervigígar in Álftaver
- Hraunfossar and Barnafoss
- Hveravellir (www)
- Lagagígar (www)
- Dettifoss, Selfoss and Hafragilsfoss
Other Protected Areas
- Lake Myvatn and the River Laxa (www)
- Thingvellir (www)
|Protected Areas in Iceland
The Nature Conservation Division is a department of the Environment and Food Agency, and its main role is the protection of areas, wild plants and animals and habitats.
The Nature Conservation Division is responsible for the daily operation of the nature conservation in Iceland. Its responsibilities are quite extensive. It sees to the operation of national parks and conservation areas, and supervises conservation of plants, nature reserves, national parks, recreation areas, and natural monuments.
Several kinds of protected areas are acknowledged by the Icelandic law:
- National Parks may be established in areas considered outstanding in landscape, flora or fauna, or having special historic significance. There are four National Parks in Iceland.
- Country Parks: these are protected areas established upon request of and managed by local government. Country parks are primarily intended for recreational purposes and open to the general public.
- Nature Reserves: nature reserves may be established in areas considered important for their landscape, flora or fauna. Common to all the reserves is the protection of their wildlife and landscape, as well as a restriction on public access.
- Natural Monuments: areas protected due to special geological formations, e.g. volcanoes, hot springs, fossils, minerals, waterfalls etc.
Sources: Environment and Food Agency, Nature Conservation Division