Mount Esja: Steinn - Þverfellshorn is a 4.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Reykjavík, Capital, Iceland that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length4.8 miElevation gain2,372 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsRunningDog friendlyRiverViewswild-flowersMuddyRockyScrambleSnow
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Esja that is also called Esja is a mountain that is located in the south-west of Iceland and about 10km drive from Reykjavík. This is a very popular hike in the summertime. Most of the people walk only up to the place called "Steinn" which means Rock. It's a higher rock after 600m elevation. From there you can do a nice loop and go down. In the summertime, people go up to the top called Þverfellshorn but in the wintertime, everybody stops a Steinn. Esja is not a single mountain, but a volcanic mountain range, made from basalt and tuff. Fantastic view of the ocean and Reykjavík. The trail is accessible all year round but in the winter time you have ice & snow on the track.

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Hallie B
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Loved this hike! Our time at the top was brief because there were clouds rolling in, but the views were still wonderful. Hiked it in late September, and the weather was cool but pleasant.

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Yetty Lulseged
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Great hike with good views. Crampons are advised if hiking during winter. Went up in early November and had to turn around 2/3 of the way up as it got very icy.

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Elín Harðardóttir
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Great

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Kaila Minutillo
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We did the hike at the end of September and weren’t able to go to the top due to the ice and snow on the path but was still a good hike

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Thea Oh
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Did this hike solo in early January of this year! Powerful winds closer to the top, with beautiful views of the city. Easy bus ride from Reykjavík. Called the weather post ahead of time for summit conditions (hurricane approaching in a couple days, hairy weather all week) and was recommended to hike no further than Steinn, just shy of the summit. Definitely thankful for my GPS, since both forks leading to Stein eventually disappeared into a foot of virgin snow!

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Agata Ryszkowska
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Gotta invest in good hiking shoes

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Lucas Ford
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Did this one with 50+ lbs of film equipment. Would recommend the hike, maybe not the extra weight. One of my favourites in Iceland

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Ólafur Hand
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Ash Drexler
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a great hike excellent ascent

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Theresa Harris
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Very windy, had to turn around. Pretty views.

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Nathan Rife
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Piotr Matel
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Rob Myers
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As stated by others earlier, not for the faint of heart, but a fantastic and scenic hike. Hope for a non rainy, sunny day, but anticipate the exact opposite.

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Erin Book
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Trail was well marked but def steep the whole way! The top was about tricky, holding onto some cables but so worth the views :)

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Ryan Stone
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Not for the faint of heart. It's essentially an incline all the way to the top and a scramble to the peak. The views are well worth it, but the descent was especially tough on the knees. Still, an incredible hike; challenging and very rewarding.

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Jason T
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Stunning views of Reyk and the surrounding area. Trail gets very difficult near the top, make sure to bring snacks and lots of water.

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Lukasz Lew
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Good workout and nice view from the top.

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Mire Cisneros
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Amazing view is an understatement, like so many things in Iceland the beauty of nature really shines on this trail. Not the easiest but definitely worth the sweat.

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Andris Kalvans
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I'm reborn on this highway.

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Konrad Białczak
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Very pleasant and quite easy trail. If you want to reach the top its a bit harder cause you have to use chains at some point, but the view on good weather conditions is remarkable.

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Reema Krichati
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A great trail but not for the faint of heart. We did it when it was raining, highly recommend going on a dry day. Definitely needs a good pair of hiking boots.

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Lamontagne Julie
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je recommande de se fier à son instinct !

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Alicia Fennemore
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I was pleasantly surprised by this hike, while not as scenic as some away from the city it was quite beautiful. It was a great workout hike too! Definitely something I would do back home to skip the gym. Ascending in the AM was not crowded at all. There were more people going up during my descent but not too crowded. I happened to go on a day they had an ultra marathon and the scramble up was well marked with spray paint yellow flags. Even without the guidance it doesn’t look too difficult to figure out. There are chains at the upper most parts so that should be a good guide too. Enjoy!

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Sofie-Anh Duranceau
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My Icelandic colleagues hike this on Thursday evening after work during the summer. For me, was a little harder, steep the whole time but worth it. About 3 hours in total for me. Easy bus ride from Reykjavik. Hike solo, very quiet and peaceful, even during high season. The last top section can be hiked only in the summer. Worth it but hard to come down. Good boots for rocky conditions needed and hold on to the cables!

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Tracee Frick
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Beautiful trail. After traveling around Iceland in a camper van we ended our trip in Reykjavik. We had one last day to hike before heading home to Colorado. This trail does not even hold a candle to the beautiful trails we hiked around Iceland, but for a trail just outside of Reykjavik it was a great way to end our trip. It was definately much warmer than I anticipated and there were more people on the trail than I like, but it is what I expected so no disappointments on my end.

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Sonny Beyer
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Definitely a worthwhile outing for the day in Reykjavík. Trail is steep but there are two options to get to Steinn. At Bru, the fork on the left goes direct to Steinn and is steeper; the right fork via Vad is prettier and climbs more gently but may take a bit longer. After Steinn there is another signpost to climb to, then we lost the trail to the peak. This is where the scramble begins. There were several handholds we found on the south side of the peak but again we lost the trail. A local came hiking up behind us and didn’t know an easier way to the top so she scrambled straight up. We followed her and eventually made it. Going down, we left on the northwest side of the peak and found this a bit easier than the way up, but not by much and didn’t see any handholds. Would be nice if the locals painted rocks in this area where the handholds are, like the Swiss do. Round trip took 3 hours, took us 1:45 to reach the peak.

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Jeffrey Liew
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