Rauðasandur (literally: Red Sand) is a 10km beach in the southwest corner of the Westfjords, not too farm from Látrabjarg. It is significant because of it’s brightly colored “red” sand, which is actually more of a “reddish” sand. This may not seem incredible if you haven’t been to Iceland. But since most of the beaches here are black, bright sand is quite a surprising and beautiful sight.
The drive along this barely inhabited stretch of waterfront is absolutely breathtaking. We had spent quite a while getting to and wandering around at Látrabjarg so it was already 11pm or midnight by the time we got to Rauðasandur. This was back in June, so the sun was just starting to set. Ah the freedom 24 hours of daylight gives to travelers….The tourist sites will tell you this is best accessed by 4-wheel drive only, but if you are confident behind the wheel, any car should be ok during the summer season (June through the end of August). And if you are in Iceland in the beginning of July, there is a great music festival on the beaches every year. It’s a great chance to soak up the spectacular scenery and listen to some great Icelandic music.
[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my June Ring Road trip around Iceland]