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 However, it is also possible it is a historical reference to one of the area's early settlers, Ármóður the Red.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 15/06 »

Surf report for Sat 15/06
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 8mph
12:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 8mph
18:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 4mph
Tide times
Low 12:42am (-0.46m)
High 6:43am (2.09m)
Low 12:51pm (-0.63m)
High 7:09pm (2.33m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise02:19
Sunset00:53
Dark00:00

Sun 16/06 »

Surf report for Sun 16/06
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 3mph
12:00 2ft 10s  °  ° 6mph
18:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Low 1:22am (-0.44m)
High 7:21am (2.00m)
Low 1:26pm (-0.56m)
High 7:46pm (2.30m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise02:17
Sunset00:56
Dark00:00

Mon 17/06 »

Surf report for Mon 17/06
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
12:00 3ft 7s  °  ° 14mph
21:00 3ft 5s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Low 2:02am (-0.38m)
High 7:59am (1.87m)
Low 2:01pm (-0.45m)
High 8:23pm (2.23m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise02:15
Sunset00:58
Dark00:00

Tue 18/06 »

Surf report for Tue 18/06
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 20mph
18:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Low 2:42am (-0.28m)
High 8:37am (1.73m)
Low 2:37pm (-0.32m)
High 9:02pm (2.13m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise02:14
Sunset01:00
Dark00:00

Wed 19/06 »

Surf report for Wed 19/06
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
3:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 12mph
15:00 1ft 13s  °  ° 7mph
Tide times
Low 3:25am (-0.17m)
High 9:18am (1.58m)
Low 3:16pm (-0.17m)
High 9:44pm (2.00m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise02:13
Sunset01:01
Dark00:00

Thu 20/06 »

Surf report for Thu 20/06
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
12:00 1ft 12s  °  ° 8mph
21:00 1ft 11s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Low 4:11am (-0.05m)
High 10:05am (1.43m)
Low 4:00pm (-0.01m)
High 10:30pm (1.87m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise02:12
Sunset01:02
Dark00:00

Today's weather

Cloudy

10 °C
(50 °F)

Light breeze, 9.7 km/h from ESE

Sea temperature

7.8°C / 46°F

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