Grotta Lighthouse
Grotta Lighthouse
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Located at the tip of the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula on a black sand beach, this is a favorite spot for bird-watching and catching the Northern Lights.
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Jesse S
Highland, NY46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This isn't a hidden gem as there were a lot of tourists out trying to catch the Northern Lights. It's on the outskirts of the city so there is less light pollution. We did see the lights the night we went, but honestly had just a good of an experience seeing them from our rental home in the middle of the city the next few nights.
Written 23 December 2022
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Zeryx
Dunfermline, UK208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We visited on a cold and windy morning but found the walk around the nature reserve very enjoyable. We didn't see anyone walking across to the lighthouse so weren't aware you were allowed to go over.

Very scenic area!
Written 16 February 2020
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Phil R
Boston, MA146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Before dinner, our family of 5 (3 teenagers) decided to take a walk out to Grotta Lighthouse. We parked in the small lot where the road ends and headed down the path out towards the peninsula. The highlight wasn't the lighthouse itself, but the walk to and from in gale force winds surrounded by an angry ocean. We bundled up and laughed as we were blown around, trying to hold our balance or lean into the wind as it held us up. Totally worth the stop, and one of our favorite experiences in the city.
Written 9 April 2020
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Kaye N
Provo, UT2,159 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We tried to visit the lighthouse but the roads into it were closed. We took some pictures and watched birds in the area but the best part was a little hot pool to soak your feet. A passerby told us about it so we went and used the little hot pot. It was cold outside (in July) but the water felt great on our tired feet. I'd love more time to explore that area.
Written 28 September 2022
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Barbara M
Springfield, MO3,236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I love lighthouses, being in a landlocked state (missouri), and this is a beautiful one. We drove the road from town as far as possible, then walked a short distance. Unable to walk to the lighthouse because of tides, but it was beautiful nonetheless.
Written 18 December 2021
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Mdc979
Boston, MA69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We went here around 10:30 pm to look for the Northern Lights. We didn't go up to the lighthouse. We had been hunting for about two hours, on our way home from Selfoss and we finally saw a weak view of the Northern Lights through our iPhone camera. It was disappointing, but I'm glad we were able to see it at all since the conditions weren't great while we were there.
Written 5 March 2023
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Bohemian_me84
Calgary, Canada2,006 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
The day we walked there it was freezing snow storm , cold and wet ! But for sure worth it ! It felt like I made it to the very end of Iceland ! Light house is pretty , to bad that it was closed and we couldn’t get inside but I understand that’s safety . This spot is perfect for pictures and just to sit and drink coffee .... just don’t forget to bring your own in a travel mug ! I fell in love with this place .
Written 4 March 2020
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Andrijana
Luleå, Sweden3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The entire location is beautiful! You can get to the lighthouse over the isthmus during low tides. You can also walk along the surrounding paths and enjoy the black sand beaches.
Before you go to the lighthouse, check the internet to see if the location is closed.
Written 8 August 2021
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Jorgadelic
Brisbane, Australia14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
On a clear night, this is the best location to look for the Northern Lights in Winter! A decent 20 minute walk from downtown Reykjavik (might be a bit unpleasant in Winter), but an easy 5 minute drive in a rental car. There's absolutely no cover here, so it can be extremely windy if you're walking. But definitely great, clear views of the sky, not too far from the city.
Written 8 January 2014
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bnettmd
Washington DC, DC72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
The lighthouse is awesome, but you need to find the secret foot bath. It's on the road on the way to the parking area (which means if you've gotten to the parking area you've passed it) behind a white energy building and next to a small wooden shed next to the beach. You can find it and you'll be so glad you did!
Written 13 May 2017
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