Located at the edge of the Arctic Circle, the area of Melrakkaslétta in northeast Iceland is the northernmost part of Iceland. The area’s natural environment and its biodiversity reflect the northerly location and the area is the most arctic of all the lowland areas in Iceland. This, along with the area’s good accessibility, makes it very feasible for arctic ecosystem research to be carried out, with an emphasis on climate change and its impact on the southern edge of the arctic ecosystem.

Melrakkaslétta has for many years been listed as an important area for conservation in Iceland, especially as a habitat for many bird species. Even so, the area has never been officially protected according to the Icelandic Nature Conservation Act.

Walking through an Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisea) nesting grounds near Rif, Melrakkaslétta – photo: Hildur Ása Henrýsdóttir

Here in the sidebar you can find further information about Melrakkaslétta’s geology, fauna, flora and more.