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Grotta Lighthouse, Reykjavik

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Lighthouse Tourist Spot
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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  • Supposed to be closed till July 15th according to everything I read but it was still closed off on July 30th when we hiked down. It was a good 45 min hike from downtown. Didn't see any birds, no tern ...  more »
  • We happened to stay our week in Seltjarnarnes not far from Grotta and were able to visit Grotta many times after supper for our walk. Looking out over the harbour is exquisite, a wealth of birdlife ab...  more »
  • Be sure to go to the sunset there and make pictures, also possibly from the nearby golf course
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In this highly walkable capital, many of Reykjavik's hotels and guesthouses offer close proximity to the city's popular attractions, bars, and restaurants. The waterfront offers an exciting dose of activity. Although Reykjavik provides plenty of accommodations to its flocks of visitors, there is a dearth of budget options in the city. Price-conscious visitors should consider staying in a hostel, with both private and dorm rooms available, or a nearby campsite. Although the campground is not as centrally located as some hotels, guests are better positioned to take advantage of the natural surroundings.
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