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 However, it is also possible it is a historical reference to one of the area's early settlers, Ármóður the Red.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

Thu 17/10 »

Surf report for Thu 17/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 5ft 6s  °  ° 21mph
12:00 5ft 6s  °  ° 21mph
18:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Low 3:31am (-0.20m)
High 9:51am (1.86m)
Low 4:06pm (0.01m)
High 10:05pm (1.53m)
Daylight
First light07:45
Sunrise08:36
Sunset18:06
Dark18:57

Fri 18/10 »

Surf report for Fri 18/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 12mph
12:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 7mph
18:00 1ft 9s  °  ° 3mph
Tide times
Low 4:13am (-0.00m)
High 10:41am (1.69m)
Low 5:05pm (0.21m)
High 11:03pm (1.31m)
Daylight
First light07:48
Sunrise08:39
Sunset18:02
Dark18:54

Sat 19/10 »

Surf report for Sat 19/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
12:00 1ft 9s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
Low 5:12am (0.20m)
High 11:54am (1.54m)
Low 6:36pm (0.33m)
Daylight
First light07:51
Sunrise08:43
Sunset17:59
Dark18:51

Sun 20/10 »

Surf report for Sun 20/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
3:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 13mph
18:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
High 12:40am (1.16m)
Low 6:47am (0.32m)
High 1:36pm (1.52m)
Low 8:24pm (0.25m)
Daylight
First light07:54
Sunrise08:46
Sunset17:55
Dark18:47

Mon 21/10 »

Surf report for Mon 21/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
3:00 5ft 6s  °  ° 15mph
15:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 23mph
Tide times
High 2:34am (1.24m)
Low 8:33am (0.24m)
High 3:04pm (1.69m)
Low 9:40pm (0.01m)
Daylight
First light07:57
Sunrise08:49
Sunset17:51
Dark18:44

Tue 22/10 »

Surf report for Tue 22/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 26mph
15:00 10ft 9s  °  ° 37mph
Tide times
High 3:48am (1.50m)
Low 9:47am (0.01m)
High 4:06pm (1.94m)
Low 10:32pm (-0.28m)
Daylight
First light08:00
Sunrise08:52
Sunset17:48
Dark18:40

Today's weather

Partly cloudy

5 °C
(41 °F)

Gentle breeze, 13.7 km/h from ENE

Sea temperature

9.1°C / 48.3°F

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