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

Weekly Grotta Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Grotta Beach tide times

Tue 22nd January

Low 12:53am (0.14m)
High 07:05am (4.60m)
Low 01:26pm (0.08m)
High 07:31pm (4.17m)

Wed 23rd January

Low 01:37am (0.06m)
High 07:50am (4.63m)
Low 02:10pm (0.05m)
High 08:17pm (4.16m)

Thu 24th January

Low 02:22am (0.10m)
High 08:36am (4.53m)
Low 02:56pm (0.13m)
High 09:04pm (4.06m)

Fri 25th January

Low 03:09am (0.25m)
High 09:24am (4.32m)
Low 03:43pm (0.31m)
High 09:54pm (3.88m)

Grotta Beach sea state

Wed 23/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 11mph
12:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 3mph
18:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 7mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light09:31
Sunrise10:33
Sunset16:46
Dark17:47

Thu 24/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 8mph
12:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 22mph
18:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light09:29
Sunrise10:30
Sunset16:49
Dark17:50

Fri 25/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 14mph
12:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 11mph
18:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light09:27
Sunrise10:28
Sunset16:52
Dark17:53

Sat 26/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 14mph
12:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 7mph
18:00 3ft 12s  °  ° 7mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light09:25
Sunrise10:25
Sunset16:56
Dark17:56

Sun 27/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 11s  °  ° 13mph
12:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 21mph
18:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 29mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light09:22
Sunrise10:22
Sunset16:59
Dark17:58

Mon 28/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 8ft 11s  °  ° 24mph
12:00 13ft 10s  °  ° 33mph
18:00 19ft 13s  °  ° 37mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light09:20
Sunrise10:19
Sunset17:02
Dark18:01

Today's weather

Partly cloudy

-6 °C
(22 °F)

Light breeze, 6.1 km/h from ESE

Sea temperature

5°C / 41°F

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