West of Reykjavik, on the tip of a beautiful peninsula lies Seltjarnarnes, a residential town and nature reserve flanked by the North Atlantic Ocean. With coastal walking paths encircling the peninsula, Seltjarnarnes draws visitors and locals alike for long nature walks to enjoy amazing sunsets and ocean landscapes known for rich birdlife and the picturesque Grotta lighthouse only accessible during low tide.

The western part of the peninsula and Grotta Island are protected nature reserves home to more than 100 different bird species and 140 plant varieties. Seltjarnarnes prides itself on an amazing bird life and Grotta Island is off limits during nesting season, May-June.

Although an island, Grotta it is reachable to the mainland by an isthmus during low tide where nature and bird lovers can enjoy the area for about six hours before the tide rises and becomes an island again. The charming lighthouse there was constructed in 1897 and fully restored in 1947.

Seltjarnarnes also boasts a nine-hole seaside golf course and the city’s only geothermal pool featuring salt water. Along the seaside hiking and walking paths seals can often be seen lying out on the rocky beaches, and during late summer the sunsets and sweeping views over Reykjavik are simply breathtaking.