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

Mon 23/09 »

Surf report for Mon 23/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 18mph
12:00 3ft 12s  °  ° 9mph
18:00 3ft 15s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
High 12:35am (2.74m)
Low 6:49am (1.39m)
High 1:20pm (3.00m)
Low 7:51pm (1.38m)
Daylight
First light06:25
Sunrise07:13
Sunset19:27
Dark20:15

Tue 24/09 »

Surf report for Tue 24/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 2ft 14s  °  ° 8mph
12:00 2ft 13s  °  ° 11mph
18:00 3ft 13s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
High 2:04am (2.81m)
Low 8:20am (1.28m)
High 2:42pm (3.20m)
Low 9:14pm (1.12m)
Daylight
First light06:28
Sunrise07:16
Sunset19:23
Dark20:11

Wed 25/09 »

Surf report for Wed 25/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
3:00 3ft 11s  °  ° 18mph
12:00 3ft 11s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
High 3:22am (3.07m)
Low 9:34am (0.97m)
High 3:46pm (3.54m)
Low 10:13pm (0.74m)
Daylight
First light06:31
Sunrise07:19
Sunset19:20
Dark20:07

Thu 26/09 »

Surf report for Thu 26/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
15:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
High 4:19am (3.42m)
Low 10:29am (0.60m)
High 4:37pm (3.89m)
Low 11:00pm (0.36m)
Daylight
First light06:34
Sunrise07:22
Sunset19:16
Dark20:04

Fri 27/09 »

Surf report for Fri 27/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
12:00 4ft 5s  °  ° 19mph
21:00 3ft 4s  °  ° 22mph
Tide times
High 5:05am (3.77m)
Low 11:15am (0.23m)
High 5:21pm (4.20m)
Low 11:42pm (0.03m)
Daylight
First light06:37
Sunrise07:25
Sunset19:13
Dark20:00

Sat 28/09 »

Surf report for Sat 28/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 5s  °  ° 20mph
18:00 2ft 6s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
High 5:47am (4.07m)
Low 11:57am (-0.07m)
High 6:02pm (4.40m)
Daylight
First light06:40
Sunrise07:27
Sunset19:09
Dark19:57

Today's weather

Cloudy

11 °C
(51 °F)

Gentle breeze, 13.7 km/h from ESE

Sea temperature

11.1°C / 51.9°F

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