Raudisandur beach, with its magnificent hues of reddish colored sand that differ with daylight and weather, offers spectacular scenery and hiking options. 

The beach, that translates into Red Sand takes its name from the multitudes of pulverized scallop shells that make up the beach, having accumulated over the centuries. There are some that say that the Viking settler Armodur ‘The Red’ Thorbjarnarson gave the beach its name.  Whichever is true, the vast, sandy shoreline is also regarded as a prime viewing spot for a variety of wildlife, including seals and seabirds.  The best time to visit is during low tide.

Raudisandur has been the inspiration for songs and poems throughout the years.  Visitors can easily see why, as Snaefellsjokull glacier imperiously captures travelers attention in the distance on a clear day.

What to do at Raudisandur beach?

A short hike along the beach will  lead to the ruins of Sjoundaa farm. That is the site of an infamous Icelandic murder in 1802. The two lovers living in the duplex farm conspired to kill each other spouses. However their horrific plot was soon discovered which led to their arrest and sentence to death.

Even though it’s recommended to stock up on supplies when visiting the Westfjords, a tiny café is located at Raudisandur. It is open in summer, overlooking the beautiful beach. There guests can enjoy a nice cup of coffee and the most delicious waffles. Don’t miss them when visiting Franska kaffihusid (the French cafe)

Where is Raudisandur beach?

Raudisandur is a golden red sand beach about 30 minutes drive from Patreksfjordur. This part of the Westfjords does not have any paved roads. Visitors are encouraged to drive slowly as the route leading to Raudisandur is steep and winding gravel road.


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