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Rauðasandur 		   Iceland
Rauðasandur means "red sand," an apt name for this unusual rust-colored beach located on the southwesterly peninsula of the Westfjords, around seven miles from the Látrabjarg bird cliffs. The road leading to Rauðasandur is a steep and winding gravel road, but the scenic rewards for the drive are quite spectacular: The distinctively colored beach (the sand is composed mostly of pulverized scallop shells) contrasts 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.