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
Mon 27th-1°C / 30°F
Tue 28th-2°C / 28°F
Wed 29th-8°C / 18°F
Thu 30th-8°C / 18°F
Fri 31st-5°C / 23°F
Sat 01st-8°C / 18°F
5 Day 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 & sea state
Mon 27/01 »
Surf report for Mon 27/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 6ft 12s 18mph 12:00 6ft 14s 19mph 18:00 5ft 11s 9mph Tide times Low 1:44am (0.63m) High 7:58am (4.02m) Low 2:15pm (0.66m) High 8:14pm (3.65m) Daylight First light 09:24 Sunrise 10:24 Sunset 16:57 Dark 17:56
Tue 28/01 »
Surf report for Tue 28/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 4ft 10s 14mph 12:00 4ft 10s 11mph 18:00 4ft 14s 6mph Tide times Low 2:18am (0.69m) High 8:32am (3.92m) Low 2:49pm (0.73m) High 8:48pm (3.58m) Daylight First light 09:22 Sunrise 10:21 Sunset 17:00 Dark 17:59
Wed 29/01 »
Surf report for Wed 29/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 3ft 10s 13mph 12:00 4ft 10s 16mph 18:00 4ft 10s 15mph Tide times Low 2:51am (0.79m) High 9:05am (3.77m) Low 3:23pm (0.83m) High 9:23pm (3.48m) Daylight First light 09:19 Sunrise 10:18 Sunset 17:03 Dark 18:02
Thu 30/01 »
Surf report for Thu 30/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 3ft 8s 15mph 12:00 3ft 10s 15mph 18:00 3ft 11s 14mph Tide times Low 3:26am (0.94m) High 9:40am (3.59m) Low 3:57pm (0.97m) High 10:01pm (3.35m) Daylight First light 09:17 Sunrise 10:15 Sunset 17:06 Dark 18:05
Fri 31/01 »
Surf report for Fri 31/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 3ft 10s 15mph 12:00 3ft 10s 14mph 18:00 3ft 10s 16mph Tide times Low 4:03am (1.12m) High 10:18am (3.38m) Low 4:35pm (1.14m) High 10:43pm (3.20m) Daylight First light 09:15 Sunrise 10:12 Sunset 17:10 Dark 18:07
Sat 01/02 »
Surf report for Sat 01/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 6ft 18s 18mph 12:00 7ft 16s 18mph 18:00 6ft 14s 16mph Tide times Low 4:47am (1.33m) High 11:03am (3.16m) Low 5:20pm (1.32m) High 11:34pm (3.06m) Daylight First light 09:12 Sunrise 10:09 Sunset 17:13 Dark 18:10