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Ytri-Tunga Beach

A unique beach in Iceland

Located on the South coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula, Ytri-Tunga is a sandy beach that has a little secret hidden away down by the sea, behind the farmhouses… a seal colony! Seals love to spend their time on the rocks of this beautiful beach. They are friendly and curious and will climb up on the rocks for you to spot them from a distance.  The best time to see seals is during the summertime from May to July when the sea level drops and seals bask on the rocks.

The most common species you will see in Iceland are the Grey Seals and Sea Calf Seals. Do not expect them to be too visible as their fur can be confused with the seaweed on the rocks. So, you will spot them on the rocks, but you will need binoculars or a telephoto lens to look at them closer. Do not approach them too much to the seals as they may be dangerous if frightened.

One interesting fact about Ytri-Tunga beach is that it has golden sand and not black sand as all beaches in Iceland have. Back in time seals were hunted for their meat and skin, but nowadays people chose to enjoy watching them instead of killing them. You can watch seals at Ytri-Tunga beach on one of our tours in the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Seals are also related to Icelandic folklore as people refer to them as being mysterious and beautiful selkies. Icelanders are the only Nordic population that considers seals as being beautiful while other Nordic countries refer to them as being evil creatures.

How to get there: You will find Ytri-Tunga beach on the south coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula on route 54. Pay attention, on the road, is a signpost that indicates when to turn off to get to the beach.