The Beach Guide

Grotta Beach

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.

Nearest city

Seltjarnarnes

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Grotta Beach Weather Info

Mon 27th
Light snow -1°C / 30°F
Tue 28th
Fair -2°C / 28°F
Wed 29th
Clear sky -8°C / 18°F
Thu 30th
Partly cloudy -8°C / 18°F
Fri 31st
Partly cloudy -5°C / 23°F
Sat 01st
Cloudy -8°C / 18°F

5 Day Grotta Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

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 light09:24
    Sunrise10:24
    Sunset16:57
    Dark17:56
  • 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 light09:22
    Sunrise10:21
    Sunset17:00
    Dark17:59
  • 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 light09:19
    Sunrise10:18
    Sunset17:03
    Dark18:02
  • 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 light09:17
    Sunrise10:15
    Sunset17:06
    Dark18:05
  • 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 light09:15
    Sunrise10:12
    Sunset17:10
    Dark18:07
  • 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 light09:12
    Sunrise10:09
    Sunset17:13
    Dark18:10

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