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.

walking
22 days ago

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

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.

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 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

hiking
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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.

Good cardio workout and lovely views. I completed the Steinn trail in 2h 5 minutes (1h 15 min to the Steinn rock and 50 minutes returning). I opted out of climbing to the mountain peak because I didn’t want to risk missing the bus back to Reykjavík, though it looked like it would be a fun challenge. **Speaking of the bus,** the 57 Strætó bus that is supposed to take you back to Reykjavík in the evening ran almost 30 minutes ahead of schedule!! I’m not sure how common this is, but I’d recommend staying on the safe side and returning to the bus stop as early as possible, especially since taxis are not easily accessible in the area.

When up the right side which was I good slope to the top. Coming down, which was closing the loop was very steep and rocky. Very technical and slow going.

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

hiking
5 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
7 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
Saturday, December 09, 2017

Amazing! Hard! Stein!

hiking
Monday, December 04, 2017

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.

Monday, October 09, 2017

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.

Friday, September 15, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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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