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

Super look over the sea and the port and what a nice city!!!

hiking
22 days ago

What a fantastic trail. We took the blue route to Stein (“peak”) which is the one i recommend to do. Took us 2 hrs. Although we saw people in strappy sandals and brand new white converse, it would be better to wear trail shoes or hiking boots, as the trail is very wet. It also is apparently easier to go left on the loop (aka at check point 3 go straight, dont cross the bridge), but both ways are doable. It rain on us and was very windy and i got cold. Other than that the trail is very well marked and there is a small cafe at the bottom.

on Mount Esja (Esjan)

hiking
29 days ago

Good challenge! Took the left up and the right down...hard work out of the way first and less pounding on the joints back down. Chains in the rock the last 0.1 mile don’t help that much but they’re there, and the trail is quite gravelly and loose.

trail running
1 month ago

Great place for a quick run!

Nice walk that takes you all through town. Walked the city the day before and this took me to places I would have missed.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent hike! Good workout, when you get to the split at the bridge go right for "easier" but longer route and left for strenuous but shorter route.

Easy walking

Great city! Great views!

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing! Hard! Stein!

Incredible, breathtaking views from the top. Hiking Esja got me into hiking. Highly recommend it. The climb to the top of Esja can be a little intense for beginners and the final section will need one to hang on to chains and use all fours at places.

Buses to and from Reykavik makes Esja very accessible.

Challenging with gorgeous views. Weather changes quickly so come prepared. Make the extra hike to the top if weather permits. There is a chain at the top that makes the descent a bit easier.

So neat to see the city. If you're staying for awhile it helps get your bearings straight.

hiking
11 months ago

I hiked Mount Esja in June 2016 and found it challenging but well worth the hard work and sweat. The trail is well maintained and begins right next to a public parking lot, which is easily accessible from Reykjavik via Route 1 (I believe buses regularly travel to and from this lot). Along the trail are 5-6 checkpoints that explain the difficulty of the stretch of trail ahead. It starts out gradual, offering beautiful views of the North Atlantic from behind as you work your way up, and then becomes steep and somewhat rocky. Around 200 meters shy of the summit, the trail arrives at a checkpoint called "Steinn," which is where most inexperienced hikers will turn around. Trails above Steinn are very steep and gravely, so much so that chains have been incorporated along the trail to help hikers maintain their balance. However, if you are prepared for the adventurous hike past Steinn, you will be well rewarded with amazing panoramic views -- and you'll even get to sign a hikers log! Total time for this hike, round-trip at a moderate pace, was between 4-5 hours.

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on Mount Esja (Esjan)

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