Monte Esja (área de Reykjavik)
Mount Esja (Reykjavik area) – located just 10 km. north of the Icelandic capital, this is not simply a single mountain, but in fact a 914-meter high volcanic mountain range (best-known for dominating Reykjavik’s skyline).
For climbers and hikers interested in exploring this mountain range, one must first go to Kjalarnes, past the town of Mosfellsbaer just east of Reykjavík. It is accessible by the number 15 bus from Hlemmur bus station. Get off at Háholt in Mosfellsbaer, then take the number 57 to the foot of Esja at Esjuskáli. Upon arrival, one will find a number of hiking trails. Each path has a sign indicating its difficulty level — from 1 boot (easy) to 3 boots (difficult). Obviously, “3 boots” is for experienced climbers only. Such individuals are the only ones who make it to the top. Climbers & hikers of all levels are advised to check weather conditions before proceeding, since built-up snow can significantly hamper any excursions up Mount Esja.