Photo: © Helgi Halldórsson / CC BY
Nauthólsvík is Reykjavik's go to beach. A far cry from the wild expansive landscapes of the other beaches on this list Nauthólsvík is in fact a man-made beach. This goes some way to explaining the unusually (for Iceland) golden sand and surprisingly warm water.
Opened in 2001 Nauthólsvík is a geothermally heated beach constructed within the confines of protective breakwaters. This means both safe and warm(er) bathing for the beachgoers of Reykjavik. The actual water temperature on the beach itself ranges from -2°C to 19°C, which although not quite tropical is a whole lot warmer than it would be. Whatever the temperature this doesn't put off the local swimmers and sea-swimming is very popular here.
If the thought of taking a dip in the frigid waters of Iceland are a little too much the Nauthólsvík beach has two hot tubs and a sauna. Other facilities include volleyball nets and a top notch restaurant.
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Nauthólsvík Beach Weather Info
Weekly Nauthólsvík 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
Nauthólsvík Beach tide times
Tue 22nd JanuaryLow 12:53am (0.14m)
High 07:05am (4.60m)
Low 01:26pm (0.08m)
High 07:31pm (4.17m)
Wed 23rd JanuaryLow 01:37am (0.06m)
High 07:50am (4.63m)
Low 02:10pm (0.05m)
High 08:17pm (4.16m)
Thu 24th JanuaryLow 02:22am (0.10m)
High 08:36am (4.53m)
Low 02:56pm (0.13m)
High 09:04pm (4.06m)
Fri 25th JanuaryLow 03:09am (0.25m)
High 09:24am (4.32m)
Low 03:43pm (0.31m)
High 09:54pm (3.88m)
Nauthólsvík Beach sea state