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Seal spotting is one of the top things to do in Iceland. Visit Ytri Tunga beach and enjoy seal spotting at its best.

Ytri Tunga beach is one of the best spots in Iceland to do seal spotting. Located on the southern side of Snӕfellsnes Peninsula, this massive beach is home to a well-populated seal colony. Originally, Ytri Tunga beach is a part of a huge farm and is known for its picturesque beauty. Unlike most other beaches in Iceland, Ytri Tunga doesn't have black sand. Instead, you'll find shiny golden sand.

Wild Seals at Seashore in Iceland

Wild seals on the rocks in the Iceland nature. Ytri Tunga beach, Iceland

Getting There

From the capital city of Reykjavik, Ytri Tunga beach, Iceland is easily accessible. To get to the Snӕfellsnes peninsula, you'll need to set out on a mini road trip on the Ring Road. As you head to the south side, midway through your journey, you'll find a sign that directs you to Ytri Tunga Beach. The best form of commute is to drive down to the location. There are several car rental agencies that will help you secure a car for an impeccable journey.

Couple Walking at Ytri Tunga Beach in Iceland

Spotting seals in the water at Ytri Tunga, Iceland

Enjoy Seal Watching at Its Best

When in Iceland, seal watching must be on your top list of things to do. And, for that, you'll not find a better place than Ytri Tunga Beach. The best time to explore this location is during summer, between May and July. Regardless of the seasonality, you'll find some seals lurking around the offshore all throughout the year. It's fun to watch these web-footed aquatic mammals be lazy all day and enjoy the sunshine.

In Iceland, there are two common species of seals, harbor seals and grey seals. Occasionally, if you are lucky, you'll also get to spot sea calf seals, hooded seals, and ringed seals on the shores of the Ytri Tunga beach. Unless you are an expert on these aquatic creatures, it is hard to differentiate between them. At the beach, keeping in mind the safety and security of both travelers and animals, local authorities recommend visitors keep a distance of at least 50 meters from the seals.

If we had one important travel tip for those planning to explore Ytri Tunga beach and do seal watching, it would be to carry a fully charged camera along. From charming landscapes blessed with flora and fauna to have the seals pose for you, you are going to capture numerous picture-worthy moments at Ytri Tunga seal beach.

Seals at the Ytri Tunga Beach in Iceland

Wild seals on the rocks in the Ytri Tunga, Iceland

While you are in the area, discover some of the other great spots that are located out and about the area. Don't forget to add Ölkelduvatn, Lýsuhóll, Bjarnarfoss waterfall, Lóndrangar, Arnarstapi, and Rauðfeldsgjá to your list of places to explore.

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