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 However, it is also possible it is a historical reference to one of the area's early settlers, Ármóður the Red.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

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Rauðisandur beach tide times & sea state

Wed 11/12 »

Surf report for Wed 11/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 12ft 9s  °  ° 34mph
12:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 26mph
18:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 21mph
Tide times
Low 12:31am (-0.58m)
High 6:50am (2.28m)
Low 1:00pm (-0.40m)
High 6:58pm (2.01m)
Daylight
First light10:11
Sunrise11:38
Sunset15:18
Dark16:45

Thu 12/12 »

Surf report for Thu 12/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 23mph
12:00 6ft 7s  °  ° 24mph
18:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Low 1:04am (-0.60m)
High 7:24am (2.34m)
Low 1:37pm (-0.42m)
High 7:34pm (1.97m)
Daylight
First light10:13
Sunrise11:41
Sunset15:17
Dark16:45

Fri 13/12 »

Surf report for Fri 13/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 17mph
12:00 9ft 16s  °  ° 18mph
18:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
Low 1:39am (-0.58m)
High 8:01am (2.34m)
Low 2:17pm (-0.38m)
High 8:13pm (1.89m)
Daylight
First light10:14
Sunrise11:43
Sunset15:15
Dark16:44

Sat 14/12 »

Surf report for Sat 14/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 16mph
12:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 14mph
18:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Low 2:17am (-0.50m)
High 8:42am (2.28m)
Low 3:01pm (-0.31m)
High 8:57pm (1.76m)
Daylight
First light10:16
Sunrise11:45
Sunset15:14
Dark16:44

Sun 15/12 »

Surf report for Sun 15/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 25mph
12:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 25mph
18:00 8ft 10s  °  ° 26mph
Tide times
Low 3:00am (-0.37m)
High 9:27am (2.18m)
Low 3:51pm (-0.20m)
High 9:48pm (1.62m)
Daylight
First light10:17
Sunrise11:47
Sunset15:13
Dark16:43

Mon 16/12 »

Surf report for Mon 16/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 23mph
12:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
18:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Low 3:49am (-0.20m)
High 10:21am (2.04m)
Low 4:51pm (-0.09m)
High 10:51pm (1.48m)
Daylight
First light10:18
Sunrise11:49
Sunset15:12
Dark16:43

Today's weather

Snow

-3 °C
(27 °F)

Strong breeze, 49.7 km/h from N

Sea temperature

5.8°C / 42.4°F

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