Photo by S. Ziese/age fotostock
Rauðasandur means "red sand," an apt name for this unusual rust-coloured beach located on the southwesterly peninsula of the West Fjords, around seven miles from the Látrabjarg bird-cliff. The road leading to Rauðisandur is a steep and winding gravel road, but the scenic rewards for the drive are quite spectacular: the distinctively colored beach (the sand is mostly composed of pulverized scallop shells) constrasts strongly with the black cliffs behind it and the blue ocean beyond. Apart from an abandoned farm or two en route, the only other thing you’re likely to see are arctic skuas nesting near the beach, the occasional seal enjoying the sunshine on the beach and—if visibility is good—the Snæfellsnes peninsula and its glacier.
By Paul Sullivan, AFAR Local Expert
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