Grotta Beach

Grotta beach - Seltjarnarnes
Photo: © Smiley.toerist / CC BY
Grotta Sunset
Photo: © Markus Trienke / CC BY

Grotta is located on the Seltjarnarnes peninsula and is probably best known as the site of Reykjavik's lighthouse which has stood here for the last hundred years. Set on a little island connected to the mainland by a narrow spit of black sand, Grotta is only around 10 minutes from downtown Iceland but a world apart.

The beach and island are something of a bird watcher's paradise. During the early summer months the beach is off limits as it is a breeding site for species such as Arctic terns and tufted ducks.

As well as being a great spot to take in a sunset Grotta is also a favoured location for observing the Northern Lights. Despite being so close to the capital city there is still little in the way of light pollution here. On top of that there is a heated geothermal pool to relax in whilst you watch the show.

If you do visit the beach at Grotta and walk over to the island, keep an eye on the tides as the beach becomes completely submerged at high tide and you'll be stranded.

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Grotta Beach Weather Info

5 Day Grotta Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Grotta Beach tide times & sea state

Tue 16/07 »

Surf report for Tue 16/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 10mph
12:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 9mph
18:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Low 12:38am (0.61m)
High 6:37am (3.43m)
Low 12:43pm (0.57m)
High 6:59pm (3.81m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:44
Sunset23:24
Dark00:00

Wed 17/07 »

Surf report for Wed 17/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 4mph
12:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 9mph
18:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Low 1:16am (0.59m)
High 7:15am (3.45m)
Low 1:20pm (0.56m)
High 7:35pm (3.80m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:47
Sunset23:21
Dark00:00

Thu 18/07 »

Surf report for Thu 18/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
3:00 2ft 5s  °  ° 16mph
12:00 3ft 7s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Low 1:52am (0.60m)
High 7:51am (3.43m)
Low 1:55pm (0.60m)
High 8:10pm (3.73m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:50
Sunset23:18
Dark00:00

Fri 19/07 »

Surf report for Fri 19/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
9:00 3ft 7s  °  ° 16mph
18:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Low 2:28am (0.64m)
High 8:27am (3.38m)
Low 2:29pm (0.67m)
High 8:46pm (3.63m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:53
Sunset23:15
Dark00:00

Sat 20/07 »

Surf report for Sat 20/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 2ft 6s  °  ° 13mph
21:00 1ft 8s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
Low 3:04am (0.71m)
High 9:03am (3.30m)
Low 3:05pm (0.77m)
High 9:22pm (3.49m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:56
Sunset23:12
Dark00:00

Sun 21/07 »

Surf report for Sun 21/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 1ft 11s  °  ° 13mph
15:00 1ft 9s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Low 3:40am (0.81m)
High 9:42am (3.20m)
Low 3:43pm (0.91m)
High 10:01pm (3.33m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:59
Sunset23:09
Dark00:00

Today's weather

Rain

13 °C
(55 °F)

Light air, 4.7 km/h from NW

Sea temperature

11.2°C / 52.2°F

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