Esja mountain seen from Reykjavik city. From the top the views are fantastic and the climb is popular for adventure tourists

Esja mountain seen from Reykjavik city. From the top the views are fantastic and the climb is popular for adventure tourists

H alf an hour away from the capital of Iceland is the mountain range Esja. Should you wish to view the capital, surrounding towns and way out to the sea in the absolutely best way this is the place to climb on a clear day.

Team Total Iceland does not hesitate to recommend such a climb if you are fit and adventurous. Even if you are not this should not take too much effort as long as you take your time and do not rush things.

Unlike other mountains in Iceland you will have loads of company if the weather is nice since climbing Esja has become something of a cult hit in recent years. The trail up and down can actually get pretty crowded at the worst of times.

The hike upwards will take from two to four hours to complete in a leisurely manner but your prize for the tough walk will be most amazing view over Reykjavik Iceland you are likely to ever see. Unless you rent a helicopter.

Take highway 1 from Reykjavik to Akranes. Approximately 20 minutes drive to Mogilsa, Mogils River, by the roots of Esja. From there there are clearly marked climbing paths up the mountain. The climb is moderately difficult. Enjoy.

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