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Best Of Reykjavík 2019: Best Hike

Best Of Reykjavík 2019: Best Hike

Published March 26, 2019

So, you’ve shopped in the shops, drank the drinks, and eaten all the foods. And whilst those things are all super fun, culture and the outdoors are the missing pieces of the puzzle for a perfect trip. Whether it’s a gleaming museum or a grimy artist-run gallery, a springtime hike or a trip to try and glimpse the aurora, here’s where to do it.

Best Hike

Mount Esja


Mount Esja is hard to beat. Situated only 10 km north of Reykjavík, it offers hikes of various lengths for both beginners and advanced hikers and absolutely gorgeous views on the landscape below. “You also get a stunning glimpse of the city,” says the panel. When you go there in winter, make sure to bring hiking poles and crampons, if the conditions demand it, and be ready for ice and deep snow. You can get to the trailhead by public transport, making it the only proper hike you can do in Reykjavík without a car.

Runner-Up:

Heiðmörk


After only a 20 minute drive you will be able to hike through this huge nature reserve with forests and lakes. One of its highlights are the red rocks of Rauðhólar. In addition, there are a lot of trees (something really rare in Iceland), barbecues and you can even go horse-riding and fishing.

Runner-Up:

Öskjuhlíð


Öskjuhlíð is a hill in the centre of Reykjavík, covered by trees and barbecues, making it a popular site for bonfires and ceremonies. It is very peaceful and absolutely magical in the winter. To top it off, you might end up at Perlan (a futuristic glass dome with restaurants and museums) if you get lost.

Previous Winners

2018: Esja
2017: Reykjadalur
2016: Móskarðshnjúkar

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