Grotta Beach

Grotta beach - Seltjarnarnes
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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

Sat 23/03 »

Surf report for Sat 23/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 14ft 13s  °  ° 14mph
12:00 11ft 12s  °  ° 25mph
18:00 12ft 12s  °  ° 26mph
Tide times
Low 1:45am (-0.12m)
High 7:52am (4.42m)
Low 2:06pm (-0.06m)
High 8:16pm (4.31m)
Daylight
First light06:33
Sunrise07:21
Sunset19:48
Dark20:36

Sun 24/03 »

Surf report for Sun 24/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 17ft 13s  °  ° 34mph
12:00 13ft 13s  °  ° 21mph
18:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 1mph
Tide times
Low 2:27am (0.04m)
High 8:34am (4.19m)
Low 2:45pm (0.17m)
High 8:58pm (4.11m)
Daylight
First light06:30
Sunrise07:18
Sunset19:51
Dark20:39

Mon 25/03 »

Surf report for Mon 25/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 31mph
12:00 11ft 11s  °  ° 28mph
18:00 11ft 13s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Low 3:10am (0.31m)
High 9:18am (3.88m)
Low 3:24pm (0.48m)
High 9:42pm (3.84m)
Daylight
First light06:26
Sunrise07:14
Sunset19:54
Dark20:42

Tue 26/03 »

Surf report for Tue 26/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 10ft 13s  °  ° 22mph
12:00 13ft 13s  °  ° 33mph
18:00 15ft 12s  °  ° 35mph
Tide times
Low 3:55am (0.67m)
High 10:03am (3.52m)
Low 4:06pm (0.84m)
High 10:29pm (3.52m)
Daylight
First light06:22
Sunrise07:11
Sunset19:57
Dark20:45

Wed 27/03 »

Surf report for Wed 27/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 20ft 13s  °  ° 44mph
12:00 17ft 13s  °  ° 32mph
18:00 13ft 13s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Low 4:44am (1.05m)
High 10:52am (3.16m)
Low 4:52pm (1.21m)
High 11:24pm (3.20m)
Daylight
First light06:19
Sunrise07:07
Sunset20:00
Dark20:48

Thu 28/03 »

Surf report for Thu 28/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 11ft 12s  °  ° 21mph
12:00 14ft 11s  °  ° 36mph
18:00 15ft 12s  °  ° 28mph
Tide times
Low 5:43am (1.41m)
High 11:51am (2.84m)
Low 5:53pm (1.53m)
Daylight
First light06:15
Sunrise07:03
Sunset20:03
Dark20:51

Today's weather

Sleet

1 °C
(33 °F)

Strong breeze, 39.2 km/h from W

Sea temperature

5°C / 41°F

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