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Reykjavik is a destination for nature lovers, a family-friendly location that offers some of nature’s most spectacular views: the northern lights, beautiful blue lagoons, whale watching, horseback riding, air tours, boat trips and kayaking on the coast of the fjords. Every district of the city hosts a number of thermal pools, filled with geothermal heated water, and spas offering the renowned all-Icelandic volcanic treatments. Reykjavik boasts an enchanting blend of old timber houses and contemporary architecture, with a cozy atmosphere, vibrant street life, and the best shopping experience in Iceland.

The last rays of the setting sun color Mount Esja on a cold winter dayO Palsson / CC BY 2.0
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Mount Esja

Mount Esja

Famous One of Reykjavík's most distinguishing landmarks

One of Reykjavík's most distinguishing landmarks

Stay.com Editors' Note

Travelers of all ages who are looking for a physical challenge could do a whole lot worse than attempt to trek up to the summit of Mount Esja, one of Iceland’s oldest mountains and one that can cater to just about everyone.

The great thing about Mount Esja is that there are several different routes up to the top, varying in level of difficulty from pretty gentle to extremely arduous, meaning that everyone will be able to push themselves to the limit. Each of the paths is well marked, so getting lost isn’t a problem as you climb the 909 meters up to the top. From the summit of Mount Esja, one can enjoy a truly breathtaking view of Reykjavik that makes the climb all the more worthwhile.

Mount Esja
Esjan, Reykjavik