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Reykjanes Peninsula Surfing

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With 4970kms of coastline to explore, Iceland presents a rare opportunity to surf virgin territory, yet most Icelandic surfers only ride around the Reykjanes peninsula, close to Reykjavik in the southwest. Low pressure systems spawned in Baffin Bay, wind up south of Greenland, before sending groundswells slamming into the Reykjanes peninsula, the first stop on the transatlantic swell highway. These swells can be giant and very powerful, building suddenly and they are often accompanied by raw winds and stormy conditions. The Reykjanes peninsula is covered in old lava flows, so most of the waves break over volcanic reef or basalt rocks, sharp substances that take their toll on booties (and bodies). One exception is the black sand beach at Sandvik, providing a rare beginners? spot, but it can often equal the ferocity of the reefbreaks when it's overhead. Thorli is another popular choice with a defined paddling channel and attracts the Reykjavik regulars to the south coast in N winds. The Snaefellsness peninsula to the NW of Reykjavik also picks up plenty of swell from the S-W with more beachbreak than the Reykjanes but mainly 4WD access trails and few documented, bona fide surf spots. Vik is the southernmost point on the island and attracts any hint of swell down a submarine canyon onto quality black sandbanks. Beyond is a wilderness of waves ? Tides exceed 5m and there are only a few spots that can handle all tide heights. Even the sole beachbreak at Sandvik struggles to break at high tide. Winter is the most consistent swell season with excellent waves regularly hitting all sides of the Reykjanes. The problem in mid-winter is getting the right conditions to conspire in the very short span of daylight. Strong winds, chilling temperatures, snowstorms and large tidal fluctuations are just some of the variables. September to November can be good months, with manageable air and water temperatures, and frequent low pressures. May-August sees plenty of summer flat spells in the southwest and could be a good time to explore the east and the north coasts for arctic windswells. It's impossible to talk about surfing in Iceland without talking rubber. Water temps bottom out around 3-4°C requiring seriously thick 6mm rubber and 7mm boots and gloves. Late summer water can hit 12°C so a 4/3 and no gloves is do-able, but remember the windchill factor can have a big effect and the constant winds can often gust up to 100km/h.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
                       
-2 - 3°C
5/4
0 - 5°C
5/4
5 - 11°C
5/4
8 - 14°C
4/3
4 - 11°C
5/4
-1 - 3°C
5/4
+ Plenty of swell
+ Lava righthand points
+ Empty line-ups
+ Discovery potential
+ Unique, volcanic environment
- Inconsistent summers
- Lack of winter daylight
- Zero equipment available
- Expensive destination
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  Forecast Surf Report Stormrider Guide
Guide icon Forecast icon Sandvik Grey Star 2ft 8secs 243° 19mph Overcast No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 15
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SW - NW Easterly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Grindavik 2ft 8secs 237° 19mph Overcast No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Uneven Reef 25
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SE - SW Northerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Thorli (Porlackshöfn) Star 5.5ft 6secs 77° 11mph Overcast No Reports Available. Right Pointbreak Boulders 18
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SE - SW Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Ollie's Shipwreck Grey Star 2ft 8secs 237° 19mph Overcast No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Boulders 20
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S - SW Easterly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Rolling Stones Grey Star 2ft 8secs 237° 19mph Overcast No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Boulders 20
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S - SW Easterly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon The Rock Grey Star 2ft 8secs 243° 19mph Overcast No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Rock Ledge 12
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SW - NW Easterly Low Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon Thorli Beach Star 5.5ft 6secs 77° 11mph Overcast No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 15
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SE - SW Northerly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Gardur Grey Star 2ft 8secs 237° 19mph Overcast No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Uneven Reef 20
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S - N Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Breidavik Star 2ft 8secs 229° 14mph Overcast No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Faroe Islands Grey Star 6.5ft 9secs 332° 18mph Cloudy No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Grotta Grey Star 2ft 8secs 237° 14mph Overcast No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Vík Star 2.5ft 8secs 244° 8mph Overcast No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Olafsfjordur Grey Star Grey Star 6.5ft 8secs 19° 11mph Brief Showers No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Hofn 2.5ft 4secs 10° 18mph Sunny No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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