Rauðisandur beach

Red Sand beach, Iceland
Photo: © Fyletto
Rauðisandur beach
Photo: © Johann Dréo

Rauðisandur or Red Sand beach is a huge expanse of sand in the remote Westfjords region of Iceland. Unlike many of this volcanic island's beaches Rauðisandur has what we might consider normal coloured sand - most beaches here have black sand. This is probably where the name comes from as the sand does have a reddish hue to it in certain lights. However, it is also possible it is a historical reference to one of the area's early settlers, Ármóður the Red.

Anyway, back to the beach. Whilst not quite endless, at 10km (6 miles) it certainly feels that way when there is not a single other soul on the beach. Rauðisandur is not a beach for normal beach activities such as sun bathing, snorkelling and all that stuff. It is a place in which to be awe inspired by the immense scale of the breath-taking scenery. Huge cliffs, carved by the elements, rise up from the beach and the ever changing sands vary in colour from white to black with yellows and reds thrown in for good measure.

It is somewhat of an adventure to get to Rauðisandur and we'd recommend using someone else's car as the roads are more like tracks. The drive is pretty hairy in places too with steep drops and not much in the way of barriers. Still, once you get here parking isn't an issue!
A pleasant surprise is that there is a small cafe here, but not a lot else, which is exactly why people come here.

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Rauðisandur beach Weather Info

5 Day Rauðisandur beach UV Index

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Average Water Temp

Rauðisandur beach tide times & sea state

Thu 21/02 »

Surf report for Thu 21/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 9ft 10s  °  ° 32mph
12:00 11ft 10s  °  ° 32mph
18:00 21ft 17s  °  ° 39mph
Tide times
Low 01:38am (0.32m)
High 07:47am (5.98m)
Low 02:03pm (0.25m)
High 08:10pm (5.68m)
Daylight
First light08:22
Sunrise09:14
Sunset18:24
Dark19:16

Fri 22/02 »

Surf report for Fri 22/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 19ft 17s  °  ° 23mph
12:00 14ft 15s  °  ° 10mph
18:00 11ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Low 02:20am (0.45m)
High 08:27am (5.83m)
Low 02:43pm (0.48m)
High 08:47pm (5.49m)
Daylight
First light08:19
Sunrise09:11
Sunset18:27
Dark19:19

Sat 23/02 »

Surf report for Sat 23/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 22mph
12:00 14ft 11s  °  ° 37mph
18:00 21ft 12s  °  ° 42mph
Tide times
Low 02:59am (0.73m)
High 09:02am (5.56m)
Low 03:22pm (0.85m)
High 09:21pm (5.22m)
Daylight
First light08:16
Sunrise09:07
Sunset18:31
Dark19:22

Sun 24/02 »

Surf report for Sun 24/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 15ft 13s  °  ° 21mph
12:00 12ft 12s  °  ° 30mph
18:00 13ft 12s  °  ° 24mph
Tide times
Low 03:37am (1.11m)
High 09:36am (5.21m)
Low 03:59pm (1.29m)
High 09:54pm (4.91m)
Daylight
First light08:12
Sunrise09:04
Sunset18:34
Dark19:25

Mon 25/02 »

Surf report for Mon 25/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 16ft 17s  °  ° 23mph
12:00 17ft 17s  °  ° 25mph
18:00 18ft 16s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
Low 04:15am (1.54m)
High 10:11am (4.85m)
Low 04:38pm (1.73m)
High 10:33pm (4.62m)
Daylight
First light08:09
Sunrise09:00
Sunset18:37
Dark19:29

Tue 26/02 »

Surf report for Tue 26/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 14ft 15s  °  ° 30mph
12:00 11ft 14s  °  ° 20mph
18:00 10ft 13s  °  ° 21mph
Tide times
Low 04:59am (1.95m)
High 10:58am (4.51m)
Low 05:27pm (2.13m)
High 11:33pm (4.38m)
Daylight
First light08:05
Sunrise08:56
Sunset18:41
Dark19:32

Today's weather

Rain showers

4 °C
(39 °F)

Moderate breeze, 26.3 km/h from ESE

Sea temperature

3.3°C / 38°F

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