Explore the most popular Walking trails in Capital with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Do NOT miss!! Cave, river crossing on a log holding onto nothing but some wires, switchbacks on shake all the way up but view is incredible. Amazing overall experience. People will scare you from this hike, saying it takes a really long time or is really hard, but it’s moderate and can take as long as you want once you’re there because there are multiple points from which to view the amazing foss. Can not recommend this one enough!

walking
1 month ago

Nice overview of the city. It can be done in two days.

nature trips
2 months ago

Second tallest waterfall in Iceland is a must see! We were lucky to see a white Icelandic fox on our way up as well.

Absolutely stunning waterfall. By far the grandest waterfall I have ever seen. Be warned, extreme bugs for the first part of the trail by the river. Thousands of nat type bugs that will not leave you alone. They thin out once you get higher in elevation. Make it to the top and cross the river and descend down the other side. Less bugs, pretty views.

Waterfalls that were going backwards - spraying up into the sky. We were blown UP the mountain.

Very rewarding trail. I visited in early October towards the first half of the day, and there was a great deal of ice in some areas. Hiking in the afternoon may be better so most of the ice has a chance to melt. Due to overnight rain, it was also very muddy with water up to my thigh at the lower crossing. If you cross (in the winter, without the log), I recommend switching into water shoes or having spare socks with foot warmers - the water was VERY cold! Additionally, be wary of your path at the peak of the west side of the loop, as the trail is not marked and it can get cold and windy. Hike in layers.

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely stunning trail. Just be warned, it can get a little sketchy with some ascents. Probably not best for kids and those with a fear of heights.

Great hike yesterday even though the weather was rainy and very windy. The log to cross the main river had been pulled to the other side so I hiked up the left side of the river. Lots of loose rocks and very slippy in areas where it was muddy.
The views walking up and from the top are fantastic. I came back along the top and dropped down to the valley following the Parking signs.
I’d say this hike is moderate, definitely worth it - amazing views!

Loved this hike! We did this 4 days ago and the river crossing was sketchy - log has been pulled out and the brave souls that crossed (in the cccold weather and water) either stripped off their shoes and hiking pants (water was high) or decided to do the hike wet. We stayed on the other side and still thought it was incredible and worth it! They may be nicer waterfalls in Iceland but many are packed full of tourists!

This was by far the best hike I have ever been on. I would categorize this to be a more challenging hike. I would not recommend to bring young children on this hike, because it has parts that can be very steep and there are not many railings to hold on to. The views are unreal of the waterfall and the surrounding landscape. At some points of the hike, you use ropes to climb up or hike down. You do 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. I would recommend bringing water shoes to make that river crossing not as challenging and even a small towel to dry off your feet. Hiking boots are definitely recommended as well as layers. We hiked up the right side of the falls and hiked down the left side and it was great.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED HIKE. This trail was worth every minute!

hiking
4 months ago

Was worth the hike! Amazing view of the waterfall at the top.

Great hike with well maintained trails. Took long route up and direct route down, about 2.5 hours round trip. Beautiful views and a couple nice streams on the climb up.

A bit confusing of a meandering cliff trail. I would not recommend this for children on windy days. I was having some difficulty with the high winds. The waterfall is so beautiful, and so much more so because there’s hardly any people on this trail. You get to enjoy a natural wonder without the crowds and just a few people to help guide you!

Definitely do this! Such a fun hike. We went at the end of September on a gorgeous day. Unfortunately by this time the log that allows you to make the first river crossing was removed, which means everyone went up and down the left side of the loop. we didn’t have to do either river crossing which was actually kind of nice since the right side was closed. Keep this in mind if you hike in the winter. Still... a very fun, moderately challenging hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Best view you can get of Reykjavík. There’s valleys and mountains and coastal scenery. Probably many rainbows to see if you get varied weather. I saw at least three! Stunning hike. Definitely straight uphill. Takes around 2.5 - 3.0 hours.

Must go

favorite day hike from my Iceland trip. the loop is super fun and the waterfall/views are outstanding.

hiking
5 months ago

Fairly strenuous due to the trail being straight uphill. Rock scramble at the end but the view on a clear day is well worth all the work !!! if you're in the city it's a great nearby trail

Nice, quiet, fairly flat walk alongside the river leading to a series of small-medium sized waterfalls. I suspect the trail goes further than the map suggests - it just depends how far you want to / are allowed to go.

Short walk from car park to the waterfall

A nice short walk from the church but not very well marked and while the waterfall is pleasant there are better examples. Visit if you are in the area but not an essential

walking
5 months ago

This is nice but strange hike. It is a walk that requires you to be ok with crossing logs and using ropes for climbing small hills. Nothing here is difficult for adults . My issue is the payoff is not worth the effort. The falls are OK but there are better ones in Iceland yes it is long but just not that majestic for this 60 something.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing! Varied between relatively flat and very steep. Very interesting elements between the cave, “bridge crossing”, and views of the waterfall. This is a great hike and I highly recommend it.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome hike! Strenuous for sure. Took us three hours including stopping for a few breaks and pictures, and sitting for a while at the top.

hiking
5 months ago

This 4.1 mile hike is very beautiful; however, it is not to the top of the mountain. It is the same route that leads you to the summit but you must hike a little longer. After seeing this hike on "All Trails"; we planned for a two hour (4 mile) hike. This 4 mile hike takes you to a place called "steinn" which, according to an Icelandic native, means "rock." Anyhow, it is butt kicker with elevation gain of approximately 1100 feet per mile.

After reaching the bridge, stay to the left because that is the steamer way. It'll lead you to a sign that reads "steinn." Many of the locals, who regularly do this hike, turn around or complete the loop at this point.

We kept going to the visible mountain top in front of you (believing this was the summit). After ascending approximately 15-20 minutes, you reach a rocky portion where you must actually climb metal vertical steps. After a few short switchbacks, there is more climbing until you reach the top.
While on top, the fog quickly came in and made visibility difficult to navigate. It then started to rain so I began my downward trek. Once arriving at "steinn", we took the left trail for a loop. This section is a little longer but much prettier.

walking
5 months ago

I just returned from a nine-day vacation in Iceland! This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and will most likely go back again. On our first day there, we walked all around the downtown area of Reykjavic. Reykjavic has fantastic restaurants and a vibrant day and night scene. Overall, I would recommend staying as long as possible because there are many activities to do.

hiking
5 months ago

Spectacular views from the top. Note to first timers: most other sources of information can mislead you and point towards other places called Helgafell in Iceland or even to the lower formation next to Helgafell; stick to the route here and look for the highest peak of the two.

hiking
5 months ago

One thing that's tricky any rating system is that, in many cases, it's purely subjective. While I see that some folks have said this trail is harder than the AllTrails rating says, I found the "moderate" rating accurate in this case. For some context, I'm a 30something who is not super athletic, but completes the occasional 5K or 10K (not very fast, though). We had good weather the day of the hike -- cloudy, cool, a slight breeze -- but having hiked in treacherous weather in Iceland, too, I would not recommend this hike on a rainy day.

There are some challenging and exciting parts of the trail, such as the river crossings, but they are not that hard to do. While some parts of the hike do get close to the edge, I never felt like I was in danger; in many cases you can navigate the trail a few feet inland if you feel you're too close.

We crossed the river up top in our boots. I have a bad ankle and generally poor balance, and didn't want to risk toppling over with my pack. In early September the water was chilly, but not bitterly cold (at least with hiking socks and boots on). Your shoes will be entirely submerged -- I have long legs and the water was up past my shins -- but as others have suggested, as long as you stay on the smalls rocks and not the large, flat ones, you'll be fine. We brought a quick-dry towel and extra socks to change into once we crossed. Spend a few minutes drying off, squeezing out the water in your insoles, and watching other cross the river, and you'll be good to go in no time. Our shoes were damp, but the hike back down was very comfortable -- because we brought the extra socks and towel.

It may sound silly, but in order to navigate this hike successfully, I would suggest wearing sturdy hiking boots. Those who hike in sneakers will have a difficult time with the inevitable slippery spots.

As others have said, the hike back down on the other side is not as well-labeled, but you'll find your way back. We eventually ran into some hikers and saw others down the trail from above, so we did our best to follow along and navigated without issue.

Do this hike!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Very steep, you gain about 1,200 feet of elevation per mile. It’s actually about 5.25 miles in total. Worth the effort though! Incredible views at the top on a clear day, I’d love to come back and watch the sunset up there. You can also venture much further past the summit along the top of the mesa if you feel like it. It’s like walking on another planet up there, very austere terrain. We saw people who were miles away up and over the ridge. This hike is great and it’s not to be missed while in Iceland.

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