Photo: © Smiley.toerist / CC BY
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
A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.
Average Water Temp
Grotta Beach tide times
Tue 22nd JanuaryLow 12:53am (0.14m)
High 07:05am (4.60m)
Low 01:26pm (0.08m)
High 07:31pm (4.17m)
Wed 23rd JanuaryLow 01:37am (0.06m)
High 07:50am (4.63m)
Low 02:10pm (0.05m)
High 08:17pm (4.16m)
Thu 24th JanuaryLow 02:22am (0.10m)
High 08:36am (4.53m)
Low 02:56pm (0.13m)
High 09:04pm (4.06m)
Fri 25th JanuaryLow 03:09am (0.25m)
High 09:24am (4.32m)
Low 03:43pm (0.31m)
High 09:54pm (3.88m)
Grotta Beach sea state