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

Sun 17/11 »

Surf report for Sun 17/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 8ft 11s  °  ° 14mph
12:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 11mph
18:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Low 2:56am (0.77m)
High 9:12am (3.74m)
Low 3:35pm (0.87m)
High 9:43pm (3.29m)
Daylight
First light09:01
Sunrise10:02
Sunset16:23
Dark17:24

Mon 18/11 »

Surf report for Mon 18/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 24mph
12:00 9ft 13s  °  ° 32mph
18:00 11ft 14s  °  ° 34mph
Tide times
Low 3:47am (0.97m)
High 10:09am (3.57m)
Low 4:35pm (1.03m)
High 10:47pm (3.14m)
Daylight
First light09:04
Sunrise10:05
Sunset16:20
Dark17:21

Tue 19/11 »

Surf report for Tue 19/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 11ft 19s  °  ° 26mph
12:00 10ft 16s  °  ° 27mph
18:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Low 4:50am (1.15m)
High 11:16am (3.42m)
Low 5:43pm (1.14m)
High 11:58pm (3.06m)
Daylight
First light09:07
Sunrise10:09
Sunset16:17
Dark17:19

Wed 20/11 »

Surf report for Wed 20/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 12mph
12:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 11mph
18:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Low 6:05am (1.26m)
High 12:28pm (3.35m)
Low 6:58pm (1.13m)
Daylight
First light09:09
Sunrise10:12
Sunset16:14
Dark17:17

Thu 21/11 »

Surf report for Thu 21/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 17mph
12:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 15mph
18:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
High 1:16am (3.10m)
Low 7:27am (1.22m)
High 1:43pm (3.40m)
Low 8:12pm (0.99m)
Daylight
First light09:12
Sunrise10:15
Sunset16:12
Dark17:15

Fri 22/11 »

Surf report for Fri 22/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 2ft 7s  °  ° 14mph
12:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 19mph
18:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
High 2:29am (3.29m)
Low 8:42am (1.03m)
High 2:49pm (3.56m)
Low 9:15pm (0.76m)
Daylight
First light09:14
Sunrise10:18
Sunset16:09
Dark17:13

Today's weather

Partly cloudy

2 °C
(35 °F)

Light breeze, 9.7 km/h from SW

Sea temperature

7.1°C / 44.7°F

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