Would you even think that some of the most beautiful beaches in the world can be found in Iceland? When you are planning to visit them, instead of a sunscreen, remember to pack a warm cap and a scarf. You gonna love it! Rauðisandur (Red Sand Beach) is a jewel in the crown among these truly magical beaches.
Rauðisandur (Red Sand Beach) is a very famous beach located in a remote area in the Westfjords. It’s adored both by tourists and Icelanders. Its fame seems fully deserved because this is an absolutely incredible place. Rauðisandur simply delights with its fairytale aura. What’s more, it is ten kilometres long, very wide and lies at the foot of extremely steep mountains.
As a matter of fact, this beach is not very Icelandic. In Iceland, beaches are usually dark and devilled black. In this case, it’s something completely opposite – fine symphony of colours. Rauðisandur means ‘red sand’ in Icelandic. But in fact, it’s only one of its magnificent faces. Everything depends on the capricious, yet stunning Icelandic light. The beach looks completely different when it’s cloudy, sunny or foggy. Time of the day plays a huge role too.
We visited this place at the end of September, after the season, so we had the beach just for the two of us. We spent there almost three hours, unable to leave this captivating place. We witnessed a magical spectacle. WE arrived there late in the evening, just before the sunset, so the sand was changing colours like crazy. The shades were literally whirling, from purple to orange, then amber and delightfully honey-like.
The Red Sand Beach is not gloomy like another our favourite beach, the one in Vík. But it still has a very disturbing aura. Sometimes the waves sound extremely threatening here and they tend to be really huge. This place mesmerises like a spell casted by a highly skilled witch, so you can stare at Rauðisandur almost endlessly.
In addition, the whole area close to the Red Sand Beach is a true gem. Several dozen kilometres from here you can see dramatic cliffs called Látrabjarg. It is the westernmost part of Europe and there are literally thousands of birds nesting in the summer. And when it comes to getting to the beach, this route will increase your heart beats, especially one of its fragments. This part of the road is considered to be one of the steepest in Iceland. So get ready for some fun! The road is beautiful and really crazy, so you must slow down to 20 km/h. And as it often happens in Iceland, you can forget about any barriers, even with a company of a murderous abyss below. Happy sunbathing!