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 However, it is also possible it is a historical reference to one of the area's early settlers, Ármóður the Red.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

Sat 24/08 »

Surf report for Sat 24/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 2mph
12:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 4mph
18:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
High 1:41am (1.36m)
Low 8:06am (0.17m)
High 2:40pm (1.49m)
Low 8:59pm (0.29m)
Daylight
First light04:41
Sunrise05:44
Sunset21:33
Dark22:36

Sun 25/08 »

Surf report for Sun 25/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 5mph
12:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 16mph
18:00 6ft 7s  °  ° 26mph
Tide times
High 3:01am (1.39m)
Low 9:17am (0.07m)
High 3:49pm (1.67m)
Low 10:08pm (0.12m)
Daylight
First light04:45
Sunrise05:47
Sunset21:29
Dark22:31

Mon 26/08 »

Surf report for Mon 26/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 14mph
12:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 13mph
18:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
High 4:08am (1.52m)
Low 10:17am (-0.11m)
High 4:44pm (1.91m)
Low 11:02pm (-0.11m)
Daylight
First light04:49
Sunrise05:50
Sunset21:25
Dark22:26

Tue 27/08 »

Surf report for Tue 27/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 7mph
12:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 8mph
18:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
High 5:02am (1.71m)
Low 11:08am (-0.32m)
High 5:31pm (2.17m)
Low 11:49pm (-0.35m)
Daylight
First light04:53
Sunrise05:54
Sunset21:21
Dark22:22

Wed 28/08 »

Surf report for Wed 28/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 9mph
12:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 11mph
18:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
High 5:49am (1.92m)
Low 11:54am (-0.54m)
High 6:15pm (2.40m)
Daylight
First light04:57
Sunrise05:57
Sunset21:18
Dark22:17

Thu 29/08 »

Surf report for Thu 29/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
9:00 3ft 7s  °  ° 14mph
21:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
Low 12:32am (-0.57m)
High 6:34am (2.11m)
Low 12:38pm (-0.71m)
High 6:57pm (2.57m)
Daylight
First light05:01
Sunrise06:00
Sunset21:14
Dark22:13

Today's weather

Light rain

9 °C
(48 °F)

Light air, 2.9 km/h from SW

Sea temperature

9.2°C / 48.5°F

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