Protective Purpose and Dune Landscape – Nature Reserve
The reserve was created by Royal Decree of 4 November 1983 and covers an area of approximately 0.5 km.
The purpose of protection is to preserve a finely crafted pilot country field with interesting sand beach vegetation. In many of the short windy fjords along the coast of Finnmark we find fine beaches dune landscape within. The dunes formed by winds blowing sand inland, and falling among the vegetation. Sandrugen (Elymus arenarius) binds the sand together with its extensive root system. The dunes can be several meters high. When Sandrugen has stabilized dunes, other plant species take hold and create a continuous vegetation cover. In Sandfjord nature reserve is large, active sand dunes formed by Sandfjord Elva first created breaks in the vegetation cover and fralandsvinden have then dug further and blown big dunes sandwort. Blankets of this type are called parabeldyner and is rare in Finnmark. On the stable duvet grass heath within we have distinct parallel ridges created by land hikes after the last ice age.
Dune vegetation along beaches in Finnmark has interesting characteristics. Here growing alpine plants and typical shore plants side by side. In Eastern Finnmark vegetation strong presence of certain eastern plant species. On the beach we find salt-tolerant species such as Beach Arve (Festuca rubra) and bluebell (Campanula rotundifolia). On the stable duvet grass heath are rampant urtevegitasjon with much Forest Geranium (Geranium sylvaticum) in the hollows. On the ridges grow dry heather and grass vegetation. Especially with crowberry (Empetrum hermaphroditum). Dyne Gras Heia has a strong element of the eastern plant species Dianthus Superbus Diáthus Superbus) and Russemjelt (Oxytropis campestris ssp. Sórida). The stable duvet grass heath being disrupted by the major parabeldynene where almost only sandwort fare.
Source: County Governor of Finnmark.