Explore the most popular walking 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.

on Mount Esja (Esjan)

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 days 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
3 days 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.

trail running
11 days ago

Great place for a quick run!

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).

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
1 month 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.

Fantastic hike again!! Water shoes are very helpful. The river runs cold and crossing quick keeps feeling in your feet. Steep spots have hand lines and A lot of work has gone into the trail over the past year. Props to those doing the work!

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

Water levels were very high and made for exciting river crossings. Bring real water shoes! We did it bare-footed. The river crossing above the falls was extremely cold and painful without shoes. Beauty here is also extreme. Climb is very steep in some parts and the decent slippery - but nothing treacherous. It took us 4 hours to hike, stop for lunch and take lots of photos.

hiking
1 month 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.

great hike! crossing the river with the water being knee high was pretty intense, but totally worth it. once you cross the river you start to climb and can see the amazing waterfall. if you turn around the valley is also very picturesque. it snowed, rained, and then became very sunny on our trip!

hiking
2 months ago

Incredible

Best hike I have done in Iceland after 5 months here

Easy walking

Great city! Great views!

Not your typical walk in the woods. One of our favorite hikes in Iceland. The "bridge" at the bottom was washed out. Probably not for the inexperienced -- cliff-side exposure on the southeast side with a need for route-finding skills on the way down the northwest side. But so worth it to get away from the tourons that swarm the easy trails.

hiking
7 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.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike, and worth going the entire loop. Watch your footing on the way down! Also, be wary that you may need to go barefoot across the water...our hike took us across freezing cold water almost to our knees while stepping on rocks. Regardless, one of the coolest hikes I've ever done!

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

hiking
10 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.

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing hike!

The view at the top is incredible. When we went, the water level at the top was a little high. We ended up having to take off our boots and roll up our pants to cross the river. Absolutely worth it for the view on the way back. The best part about the hike was that it was 4.5 and not 3.9!!

Amazing.

Spectacularly gorge. The view unfolds and changes as you go. Countless feeder streams and falls entering the gorge. The most vibrant green moss.

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