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 19/05 »

Surf report for Sun 19/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 1ft 7s  °  ° 3mph
12:00 2ft 11s  °  ° 6mph
18:00 2ft 10s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Low 12:25am (0.16m)
High 6:26am (3.94m)
Low 12:37pm (0.17m)
High 6:50pm (4.17m)
Daylight
First light01:40
Sunrise03:59
Sunset22:49
Dark01:08

Mon 20/05 »

Surf report for Mon 20/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 14mph
12:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 7mph
18:00 2ft 10s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Low 1:05am (0.20m)
High 7:07am (3.86m)
Low 1:15pm (0.26m)
High 7:29pm (4.11m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:56
Sunset22:52
Dark00:00

Tue 21/05 »

Surf report for Tue 21/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 4mph
12:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 5mph
Tide times
Low 1:45am (0.33m)
High 7:47am (3.71m)
Low 1:52pm (0.42m)
High 8:09pm (3.96m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:53
Sunset22:55
Dark00:00

Wed 22/05 »

Surf report for Wed 22/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
9:00 1ft 9s  °  ° 4mph
21:00 2ft 10s  °  ° 7mph
Tide times
Low 2:26am (0.53m)
High 8:28am (3.51m)
Low 2:29pm (0.64m)
High 8:49pm (3.75m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:50
Sunset22:58
Dark00:00

Thu 23/05 »

Surf report for Thu 23/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
9:00 3ft 11s  °  ° 5mph
18:00 2ft 10s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
Low 3:08am (0.77m)
High 9:10am (3.29m)
Low 3:08pm (0.88m)
High 9:33pm (3.51m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:47
Sunset23:02
Dark00:00

Fri 24/05 »

Surf report for Fri 24/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 2ft 10s  °  ° 10mph
15:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Low 3:54am (1.01m)
High 9:56am (3.07m)
Low 3:52pm (1.14m)
High 10:22pm (3.26m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:44
Sunset23:05
Dark00:00

Today's weather

Cloudy

8 °C
(46 °F)

Light breeze, 8.3 km/h from WNW

Sea temperature

7.8°C / 46°F

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