Mount Esja Hike

About the hike

The iconic Esja has a special place in the heart of every Reykjavik resident as it stands it’s guard across the water from downtown Reykjavik. The subject of countless poetry and pop culture art Mount Esja has always been an inspiration to Reykvíkingar (the Icelandic word for residents of Reykjavik) from when Iceland was first settled in the end of the 9th century. The most popular day hiking area for locals, Mount Esja has plenty of great hiking trails and while steep at times the view over Reykjavik and the bay make it all worth it.  On clear days you can see as far as the Reykjanes peninsula and over to Snæfellsnes peninsula with it’s impressive glacier volcano Snaefellsjokull.  The hike up Mount Esja is best done at a leisurely pace to enjoy it fully and we like to stop along the crystal clear mountain streams and fill our water bottles along the way.

With trails ranging from challenging to comfortable for most hikers we will make sure that you have a great day in Reykjavik’s favorite hiking area.


3-4 Hours from starting point

Time of Year

All Year Round


16990 ISK (Meet on location)

Group Size


Level of Difficulty

Moderate to challenging - Fit for most fitness levels

Miscelleneus 28 final

Hike Distance

5-8 km (3-5 miles)


Experienced and informative mountain guide. Pick-up and lunch are available as add-ons. Contact us for details.


Departure times may vary to fit your schedule. Departure is from Esjurætur - Hiking Center.


What to Bring?

Walking boots, warm layers, wind- and waterproof layer, snacks and water.

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