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

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.

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 days 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
8 days 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.

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
13 days 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
16 days 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.

Absolutely epic. Loved every inch of this trail. If you plan on completing the loop though, be prepared for the river crossing up on top... it’s at least ankle deep in spots, waterproof boots won’t help you. We opted to just trudge through it with our boots on, instead of going barefoot. Bring a sturdy pair of flip flops, or maybe a pair of old sneakers and extra socks in your backpack if you plan to do this part. Enjoy the scenery, this one is not to be missed while in Iceland.

We did this hike on a cold and rainy day and the wind was brutal, especially on the top.I am small and did not want to get too close to the edge because the wind was litteraly pushing me. The first river crossing is easy but we were not prepared for the second one.It's quite slippery and my shoes were soaked . Once on the other ride, we thought we would be running down.Big mistake. There are several trails with no marking ( I assume most people don't cross the river on the top) and we got lost several times as some of these trails led to nowhere. This app saved us and even with a gps is was not obvious where the trail was. We ended up going through the bushes to find our way. We were obviously not the only ones in this situation as we saw radom foot prints in the middle of nowhere. We finished the loop in 3:50, cold and muddy at night fall (scary), but with very nice pictures...

Gorgeous hike! Some of the most amazing views I have ever seen. Definitely start on the right side of the loop for better views. The first river crossing seems a bit treacherous, but is manageable using the wire across the river. You will get wet here, but tall hiking boots will be good. The second river crossing came up to my knees. I definitely recommend changing into waterproof shoes or sandals if you plan to do this part of the trail. My friends and I were definitely wet and fairly cold by the end of the hike, but it was absolutely worth it!

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.

Wow one of the best hikes I’ve ever done!

hiking
1 month ago

awesome!!!

Amazing experience, would say it was the highlight of my Iceland trip. went in late May, and the light had just been put accross the river. The views are amazing and it is really hard to convey the scale of things in pictures. crossing the river near the start was a challenge but doable. definitely bring water shoes. I bought some cheap 10 water shoes right before my trip and they worked out great. I don't have hiking boots, so I wore a pair of old running shoes that I was used to with good treads and I had no problems.

None of us are frequent climbers. some Yosemite trails and the Acadia park's Cadillac Mountain were our prior ascents. Cadillac was harder than the trails we took at Yosemite with poorer trail markings on open rock face and a steady ascent with little to no ropes or rails.

Glymur falls was harder still due to steepness, narrow parts of the path with precipitous falls, also plenty of mud on the descent and some slippery rocks due to rain. Because there are hand ropes in many places on the ascent this trail only requires great hicking shoes/boots, appopriate clothing on or in a waterproof pack and if you do the river crossing above the falls good water shoes.

Our group discussed the medium difficulty rating and we agree, it is medium as it requires no technical climbing skills and can be done if you are moderately fit. Our group took breaks for water and pictures. So our hike took 4 hours. We were amazed at the lack of guard rails, walls and fences like back in the US ....LOL. You'll get over it.

On our hike we changed layers at the top where cold winds and misty rains started chilling us through our Gortex jacket and pants. Even in August after sweating and getting our heads wet, the rain and winds by the peak's river crossing could be an issue if you don't have extra layers to add.

Also, when crossing the river above the falls...as noted elsewhere in other reviews, be mindful of how slick the large and flat rocks can get. I watched another hiker in good diving shoes go right into the water slipping. Use the smaller rocks for stepping. The deepest water we hit there was halfway up our shins.

Another point...as you come back down the easier trail there will be a sign post and it will say to the right is parking in 3km. It will say to left parking is in 3.2km. and some climbing is needed. Go left. Left involves a decent on some gravel and rock and a serpentine trail but it is the preferred path. Just look for two huge stone cairns and take one two trails down ..they rejoin later in the grassy and rocky meadow.

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

This hike is impressive! I was getting a bit bored of the “walk-up” touristy waterfalls in Iceland and this one is definitely not that, but also is not for the faint of heart (in many ways)! You can’t see the waterfalls you are hiking to when you leave the parking lot and the first (wrong) waterfalls you see may lead you to believe this hike won’t really be worth it, but just wait!

The drive to the trailhead only requires a 2WD vehicle. We spent 4 hours on this hike; it probably would have been 3 if I didn’t stop to take so many pics. There are no restrooms. Women (and men): please please please PACK OUT YOUR TIOLET PAPER TRASH! Bring an extra ziplock bag or napkin to stick your used toilet paper in, or better yet, just skip the toilet paper altogether. It was really sad and disgusting to see this trail littered with toilet paper. I’m not sure why people think it’s okay to toss their toilet paper in nature.

There are two decent river crossings. The first river crossing happens after you go through the cave. There is a rope to hold onto with large rocks to step on part of the way, and then a log the rest of the way, but a sign said that the log is taken away in winter when it’s too dangerous and slippery. We went in August and the river crossing was not bad at all and I didn’t even think it was slippery.

After the first river crossing is when the hike finally gets real. I didn’t read reviews of this hike before tackling it, but even now that I’m looking at reviews, I’m shocked at how hardly anyone mentions how tough and scary this hike is! If you are afraid of heights or are out of shape, this hike is not for you. I’m from Colorado and used to hard hikes and don’t even consider myself afraid of heights, but this hike is absolutely no joke! There are cliffside exposures practically the whole way after the first river crossing and although there are ropes and poles to help people up some of the steep sections, there are still plenty of spots where you are on your own on very loose dirt/rock sections that are inches away from a cliff. It also doesn’t help that this trail has high traffic so you may have to move aside on a steep section to let opposite traffic by.

There are several sections that level out on cliffs to get a perfect view of the canyon and waterfall and each view gets better and better. If you reach one of the first views of this magnificent waterfall and don’t think this hike is for you, just turn around because the trail doesn’t get any easier.

At the top of the waterfall is when you can cross the water a second time and keep going on a loop to continue down the other side of the canyon instead of coming back the way you came. I would recommend this option to get back since the loop trail going back is not nearly as steep. This is where you will most certainly have to take off your shoes to cross a wide river because you’ll be in water that is at least ankle deep. Stay on the loose rocks rather than the big flat rocks under the water because the big rocks have moss that is very slippery. The water is relatively shallow at the top and there are plenty of sections that do not have strong current.

There are also two trail options to return back on the other side of the canyon. The trail options on the other side of the canyon are not nearly as scenic as the first trail to get up to the waterfall and there are not good views of the waterfall along the way, but as such, they are not nearly as steep or scary. You may wonder afterwards why the first trail going out doesn’t just take you up on the non-steep/non-cliff trail, but it was definitely worth it to do the trail going counterclock -wise and go up the steep section first because you can only see the waterfall from that angle.

hiking
1 month ago

I really enjoyed this hike! The cave and log river crossing were novel.

Okay the falls are beautiful and no they are not the ones you see from the parking lot. Also theres a cave too that you pass through however thats the start of the difficulties of this trail. This is not a moderate trail and I regularly hike in Colorado. Shortly after the cave which is slippery when wet, you have to cross the river which requires walking through the river and then walking on a wet slippery log over to the other side. You have to roll up your pants and take you shoes off. The water is freezing. Then the trail becomes narrow and steep and there are 4 spots where you must use the ropes provided to climb up the mountain. A few of the poles are loose and doesnt help your ascent or descent. We did an out and back and stopped at the last lookout point between check points 5&6. Also the trail is well marked with signs but also look for the yellow dots on rocks (esp around check point 2 because of tangents from the trail). Other than that if you are an experienced hiker, you should do this. If not, you are welcome to try.

hiking
1 month 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
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Do not, under any circumstance, use this trail map. The original recorder took an access path to some smaller falls and then made up his own route. There is no trail, no markers, and it requires you to cross tops of waterfalls and walk over glacial flora. Use the other Glymur Falls Loop Trail map instead.

hiking
2 months ago

Short but active hike with rewarding views on both the ways up and down! Worth a visit while you’re traveling in Iceland near Reykjavík.

One of my favorite hikes of all time. Be aware that it’s extremely windy at the top. At least it was when we went in June. The water crossing is so fun. We did it barefoot and wished we had some water shoes. It’s doable without though. Hiking shoes and boots needed because it’s slippery.

Amazing views. One of the best hikes I’ve ever done and fully recommend. Thankful for the great tread on my boots. And the weather was poor so it got very windy on the way back (west side). River crossings we’re easy but glad I had water shoes. Hug tight to the edge on the west side coming back down; muddy though. (I started by going over the log and then crossing the river above the falls). Shorter than the 3-4 hours that I expected. Took me about 2 hours and 15 minutes to do the full loop- that was with taking multiple picture stops, however, I’m very athletic. And if you’re driving from the Golden Circle route 48 becomes gravel and has very large holes. I was nervous, but made it in a Toyota Yaris (very small car).

hiking
2 months ago

Skipped the lower river crossing as the flow seemed a bit too strong for us. We backtracked and took the far north trail up and around. Although very visible on Google maps the entrance/exit split is somewhat hard to find - near 235m east of the parking lot gate. North path had no trail markers we saw, 12-13% incline in some sections.

Fun hike! Not too challenging physically. The river crossing isn't as scary as it looks. Would be easier with water shoes, but we just took off our boots, socks and rolled up out pants and cross it with no problem.

Great trail. Traffic jam at the log crossing below, at least on a Sunday afternoon. Crossing past the falls at the top was worth it just to not have to wait again. Like others have said, the water is very cold and the rocks a little painful. But totally worth it. Much less traffic coming down after crossing over. Beautiful views of the falls!

Beautiful, challenging and fun.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing mountain hike. Definitely bring water shoes for crossing. The first lower crossing has a cable and then partial small log. The above waterfalls crossing has nothing. It was too deep and much wider for us to cross in mid June (would be doable but very cold and longer time in water). Amazing views- everything you’d expect and want to see in an Iceland hike. It is strenuous with lots of uphill parts and large elevation changes- bring water and snacks.

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