Minister of the Environment Svandís Svavarsdóttir and Mayor of Gardabaer Gunnar Einarsson confirmed this week the preservation of the Gálgahraun lava field and the part of Skerjafjördur fjord that lies within the municipality’s limits.
Preservation documents were signed along with agreements on the supervision and operation of these nature reserves, Morgunbladid reports.
The shore of Skerjafjördur is preserved as an area of habitation and the preservation extends to the ocean—a total of 427 hectares on land and sea.
The Gálgahraun nature reserve is 108 hectares in size and is the northernmost part of the Búrfellshraun lava, which flowed in the area 7,000 years ago.
After this week’s preservation, a total of 723 hectares within the Gardabaer municipality have been preserved and preparations for the preservation of another 600 hectares of Búrfellshraun have begun.
Gardabaer is a neighboring town of Reykjavík.