Náttúrustofa Norðausturlands (Northeast Iceland Nature Research Centre) is a regional institute of natural research and is based in Húsavik. It was opened in 2003 and is one of eight regional Nature Centres in Iceland.


The major roles of the Northeast Iceland Nature Research Centre according to Icelandic Legislation no. 60/1992 are:

  • To do scientific research on Northeast Iceland nature with focus on Northeast Iceland natural phenomenon.
  •  To collect data and references regarding the natural history of Northeast Iceland.
  • To promote acceptable land use, nature conservation and environmental education for schools in Northeast Iceland



Northeast Iceland Nature Research Centre is involved in various projects but the main focus is on the ecology of birds. Several monitoring programs for bird populations in the northeast are undertaken at the Nature Research Centre, for example monitoring of waterfowls, seabirds and moorland birds. In concurrence with the waterfowl monitoring, limnology monitoring is done at some of the lakes in the area. A lepidopteran species monitoring program has been carried out in the area since 2007.


The Northeast Iceland Nature Research Centre has five employees:

Aðalsteinn Örn Snæþórsson
Biologist, M.Sc.
Email: alli(at)nna.is

Sesselja Guðrún Sigurðardóttir
Biologist, B.Sc.
Email: sissa(at)nna.is

Sigþrúður Stella Jóhannsdóttir
Biologist, M.Sc.
Email: stella(at)nna.is

Yann Kolbeinsson
Biologist, B.Sc.
Email: yann(at)nna.is

Þorkell Lindberg Þórarinsson
Director – Biologist, M.Sc.
Email: lindi(at)nna.is

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