Best trails in Reykjavík, Capital

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Looking for a great trail near Reykjavík, Capital? AllTrails has 38 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Thingvellir National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Kaldárhraun og Gjárnar or Búrfell Forest. Ready for some activity? There are 21 moderate trails in Reykjavík ranging from 1.5 to 154.1 miles and from 3 to 3,520 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (38)
#1 - Glymur Waterfall Trail
Reykjavík, Capital, Iceland
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
This loop circles Glymur Falls, which is the second highest waterfall in Iceland. There are two river crossings to complete this loop. The first has a log and hand line during the summer months. The crossing above the falls is shallow, wide and cold. Steep spots along the trail have additional hand lines to assist scrambling up the rocky slopes. The views of the waterfall and the surrounding landscape are unreal. At some points of the hike, you use ropes to climb up or hike down so this is not a great hike for young children. You cross a small river in the beginning that has a rope and log to help you cross. At the very top of the falls, you cross a larger river. Consider bringing water shoes to make that river crossing less challenging and even a small towel to dry off your feet. Hiking boots are definitely recommended as well as layers. Totally worth to do this trail view amazing views.Show more
#2 - Mount Esja: Steinn - Þverfellshorn
Reykjavík, Capital, Iceland
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 55 m
Esja that is also called Esja is a mountain that is located in the south-west of Iceland and about 10km drive from Reykjavík. This is a very popular hike in the summertime. Most of the people walk only up to the place called "Steinn" which means Rock. It's a higher rock after 600m elevation. From there you can do a nice loop and go down. In the summertime, people go up to the top called Þverfellshorn but in the wintertime, everybody stops a Steinn. Esja is not a single mountain, but a volcanic mountain range, made from basalt and tuff. Fantastic view of the ocean and Reykjavík. The trail is accessible all year round but in the winter time you have ice & snow on the track.Show more
#3 - Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik
Reykjavík, Capital, Iceland
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Length: 154.1 mi
The Golden Circle is a loop around Icelands most popular natural attractions in three main areas: Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Check out the waypoints! You will see the following places - Kerid Crater: This crater is special because it is filled with water. - Strokkur Geysir: his geothermal valley has two main attractions: Strokkur and Geysir geysers. - Gulfoss Waterfall: his spectacular cascade gets its name from the word which means “golden” in Icelandic. - Laugarvatn Fontana (Fontana Geothermals Baths): This spa town has some lovely baths that have the same hot water as other Icelandic hot springs. - Þingvellir National Park: This national park offers you amazing views and opportunity to walk between two continents Some parking lots have fees.Show more
#4 - Walking Tour of Reykjavik
Reykjavík, Capital, Iceland
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
#5 - Úlfarsfell via Grafarholt
Reykjavík, Capital, Iceland
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 58 m
Ulfarsfell is a small mountain near Reykjavik. You have 3 different starting points and this one starts from the parking lot in Grafarholt. It's a short hike that provides you a great view of Reykjavík, the Esjan Mountain Range and the ocean. The mountain is located between Reykjavík and Mosfellsbaer. In the summertime you have a lot of lupins (Lupinus) on the track with amazing violet colors.Show more
#6 - Móskarðshnjúkar
Reykjavík, Capital, Iceland
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
Móskarðshnjúkar is a beautiful trail that gives you a stunning 360 degres view at the top. The peaks are visible from far away and have an amazing brown color. The rhyolite twins are also names as the peaks where the sun always shines. It's located 30km from Reykjavik and the trail is well marked with a big parking lot at the beginning of the trail.Show more
#7 - Esja Peak
Reykjavík, Capital, Iceland
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 5 h 36 m
Great hike to the true peak of majestic Esya. Show more
#8 - Vígsluflöt and Markhóll Loop
Heiðmörk
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
#9 - Reynasvatn Extended Loop
Reykjavík, Capital, Iceland
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
#10 - Reykjavík - Öskjuhlíð - Nauthólsvík - Seltjarnarnes
Reykjavík, Capital, Iceland
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m
Nice walking circuit in natural areas around the coast of Reykjavik. The start is just next to the Perlan and goes to the Öskjuhlíð forest. It's a really popular place for hikers, runners and mountain bikers. The route then goes to Nauthólsvík, a small neighbourhood in Reykjavík where you have a little beach with artificial hot spring. The track continues along the coast to Seltjarnarnes.Show more
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