Photos of Norðurland eystra Views Trails

1 month ago

This was a great hike (~2 hours at a leisurely pace, with plenty of time for photos), mostly flat, and offers beautiful, sweeping views of the canyon. Rooted in folklore, Asbyrgi canyon is believed to be the hoof print from Thor's horse, and Eyjan Hill puts you right at the center of it.

You can pick up a map at the visitor's center for around $3USD, but it's not entirely necessary (we kept ours as a souvenir). Just follow signs for "Eyjan" and you'll park near a campsite and (very clean!) bathrooms. From there you'll see signs for the trail.

You start with a short, flat walk along the base of the rock, then you ascend the rock with the help of wooden steps and some short, flat rock ledges. Once you're at the top of the rock, it's a flat stroll to the other end of the rock, with beautiful views all along the way. This hike is easy and family-friendly, and had very little traffic compared to other parts of Iceland.

It was one of our favorite hikes during our week-long trip there, just due to the few people we saw, and beauty and peace of it all.