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South East Iceland Nature Research Center (Náttúrustofa Suðausturlands) is a regional institute of natural research and is based in Hornafjörður and in Kirkjubæjarklaustur. It was opened in 2013 and is one of eight regional Nature Research Centers in Iceland.


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

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

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SE Iceland Nature Research Center has four employees:

Kristín Hermannsdóttir  Director – Meteorologist Cand. Scient.
Email: kristin(at)

Snævarr Guðmundsson
Physical Geographer, B.Sc. M.Sc. Geology
Email: snaevarr(at)

Lilja Jóhannesdóttir
Dr. in ecology
Email: lilja(at)

Pálína Pálsdóttir
B.Sc in agriculture
Email: palina(at)