Hiking in the vicinity of Reykjavík

Many travellers who come visit Iceland like hiking. Some trips are planned around hiking in the different areas that requires different level of physical level. Some are very experienced hikers, some are beginners. Most travellers go on a 2-3 hours hiking tour on a glacier and others want to hike on one of Iceland's mountains.

 

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There are a few mountains that you can hike with one of our experienced guides close to Reykjavík:

  • ESJA, the "city-mountain" of Reykjavík.
  • MEÐALFELL, north of Esja.
  • VÍFILSFELL, east of Reykjavík.
  • HELGAFELL, cose to Hafnarfjörður city.
  • KEILIR on the Reykjanes Peninsula

 

ESJA

Mountain Esja is the one when you look north from Reykjavík. The mountain is the most popular by the locals, you´ll see quite a lot of people hiking to The Stone which is almost on top of it. Above the Stone you´d have to climb rocks in order to reach to the top. It can be dangerous in winter time. This trail is good for exercising and training hiking, and they say that if you make it to the Stone in less than 60 minutes, then you´re fit for climbing Hvannadalshnjúkur, the islands highest peak, 2110 m.

Expect 2-3 hours.

 

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MEÐALFELL

The mountain Meðalfell is about 40 min drive from Reykjavík, in Kjós.

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It is a nice 4-6 hours activity. We drive to the north east side of the mountain, the slobe up to the top is easy, then we walk the whole way on the top towards the south west side of it, where we decend to the ground. The view from the top is magnificent.

 

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VÍFILSFELL

Mountain Vífilsfell, 655 m is only 20 min drive from Reykjavík, it is a mountain that doesn´t go unnoticed when driving to and from Reykjavík. The view from the top is beautiful, overlooks Reykjavík and the neighboring mountains. It´s easy to hike, takes an hour up.

 

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HELGAFELL

Hiking to mountain Helgafell, which is close to the Hafnarfjörður city, south of Reykjavík, is an easy one. As for the other mountains there is a very good view from the top and information on the top about the mountains you see from there.

 

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KEILIR

Mountain Keilir is the beautifully formed mountain you´ll notice on your way to from the international airport to Reykjavík. It´s on your right hand side and is one of the most visible landmarks of the Reykjanes peninsula.

 

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Author:

Kjartan Valgardsson