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Grotta Lighthouse, Reykjavik
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Grotta Lighthouse is a popular recreational area and bird sanctuary, and a good spot for catching the northern lights. It also offers views over parts of the city and the whole bay. Cross a small, sandy bank to get to the lighthouse, but beware of the rising tide. If you come by car, you can wait for the aurora borealis in the little parking lot. On clear nights, the show may go on for hours, but you have to be patient waiting for it to start. The tourist-friendly facilities include restrooms and a bar. By using our Reykjavik itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to Grotta Lighthouse and other attractions in Reykjavik.
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  • The Grotta Lighthouse may be the nearest point to the city that is dark enough to give you a glimpse of the northern lights. Granted we didn’t catch a sighting the two nights we ventured out that way,...  more »
  • Looking for an excellent photo opportunity should not be out this lighthouse. However it is a pleasure to pay a visit here only when the weather. Access to the Lighthouse is not possible.
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  • We walked out to the lighthouse which is on the peninsula to hopefully view the Northern Lights. It was an hours walk from the old harbour and when we arrived it was busy with people set up to view th...  more »