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 However, it is also possible it is a historical reference to one of the area's early settlers, Ármóður the Red.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.

More Westfjords beaches in Iceland

Rauðisandur beach Weather Info

5 Day Rauðisandur 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

Rauðisandur beach tide times & sea state

Tue 21/01 »

Surf report for Tue 21/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 16ft 13s  °  ° 25mph
12:00 12ft 12s  °  ° 14mph
18:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
High 6:05am (2.17m)
Low 12:21pm (-0.31m)
High 6:19pm (1.87m)
Daylight
First light09:54
Sunrise11:03
Sunset16:30
Dark17:40

Wed 22/01 »

Surf report for Wed 22/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 12ft 12s  °  ° 27mph
12:00 16ft 12s  °  ° 34mph
18:00 18ft 13s  °  ° 31mph
Tide times
Low 12:24am (-0.46m)
High 6:46am (2.26m)
Low 1:02pm (-0.36m)
High 7:00pm (1.87m)
Daylight
First light09:52
Sunrise11:00
Sunset16:34
Dark17:42

Thu 23/01 »

Surf report for Thu 23/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 28ft 14s  °  ° 49mph
12:00 27ft 14s  °  ° 45mph
18:00 25ft 14s  °  ° 45mph
Tide times
Low 1:01am (-0.47m)
High 7:23am (2.30m)
Low 1:41pm (-0.39m)
High 7:37pm (1.85m)
Daylight
First light09:49
Sunrise10:57
Sunset16:37
Dark17:45

Fri 24/01 »

Surf report for Fri 24/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 18ft 13s  °  ° 27mph
12:00 13ft 12s  °  ° 7mph
18:00 12ft 12s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Low 1:37am (-0.45m)
High 7:58am (2.31m)
Low 2:17pm (-0.38m)
High 8:13pm (1.80m)
Daylight
First light09:47
Sunrise10:54
Sunset16:41
Dark17:48

Sat 25/01 »

Surf report for Sat 25/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 14mph
12:00 9ft 10s  °  ° 35mph
18:00 18ft 9s  °  ° 60mph
Tide times
Low 2:11am (-0.41m)
High 8:33am (2.28m)
Low 2:53pm (-0.34m)
High 8:48pm (1.75m)
Daylight
First light09:45
Sunrise10:51
Sunset16:45
Dark17:51

Sun 26/01 »

Surf report for Sun 26/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 20ft 11s  °  ° 55mph
12:00 17ft 13s  °  ° 36mph
18:00 17ft 10s  °  ° 46mph
Tide times
Low 2:45am (-0.34m)
High 9:08am (2.20m)
Low 3:29pm (-0.27m)
High 9:25pm (1.68m)
Daylight
First light09:42
Sunrise10:48
Sunset16:48
Dark17:54

Today's weather

Cloudy

2 °C
(35 °F)

Light breeze, 7.6 km/h from SE

Sea temperature

2.9°C / 37.3°F

Rating

No votes yet

More beaches in Iceland