As soon as you enter Reykjavík city you’ll notice Mount Esja towering over the city in the distance. It’s a very popular hiking route for Icelandic locals and provides a fantastic view over the city. There’s even a group of (crazy) people who run up Mount Esja every day. But don’t worry, we´ll take our time hiking up so you´ll have plenty of time to admire the view and chat with the guide. The day starts with your guide picking you up at your hotel. Together we get on the bus that takes us to Mount Esja. On the 30 min ride to the mountain we keep you entertained the best way we know how: playing Icelandic music.
Before we start hiking we make sure to stop by the brook and fill up our water bottles with fresh Icelandic spring water. We hike up to the landmark rock of Steinn (“Stone”) near the top of mount Esja. There you get some local refreshments to gather your energy for the hike back down.
Sitting there, enjoying the Icelandic delicacy while admiring the view isn’t something you´ll soon forget!
After the hike you can rest your tired feet and body at Lágafellslaug swimming pool. Of course, you don’t have to get in if you don’t want to. But if you do, make sure you try out the lovely hot tubs, steam bath and sauna.
We´ll take you back to Reykjavík and drop you off at the final stop, Kopar restaurant. But we don’t want you to leave hungry, so we’ve arranged for you to have a taste of Icelandic fish, cake and a selection of beers! It’s the perfect way to end the trip and you can enjoy the rest of the day exploring Reykjavík.
HERE ARE THE MAIN STOPS ON THE TOUR:
Please bring: Good hiking shoes, water bottle, appropriate clothing depending on weather, swimwear and towel (it’s possible to rent them for a fee at the pool). Since you end up in a restaurant, we highly recommend an extra set of clothes to change into after the pool trip.
This unique guided walking tour to Mount Esja certainly is one of its kind! Not only will you get a great guide who knows all about Reykjavík and Mount Esja, but we’ve added food, drinks and a pool trip as well! This tour comes highly recommended by travelers and locals due to excellent value for money and overall quality.
Pick up and drop off
13,2 km (8,2 miles) at 600 meter (0,4 miles) elevation