The large flat-topped mountain looming large and proud across Faxafloi Bay is Mount Esja, rising some 914 meters (2,999 ft) above sea level. This prominent landmark overlooking the capital city of Reykjavik often looks so close that that it seems almost possible to reach out and touch the upper peaks.

The beautiful Mount Esja draws thousands of local citizens to climb its summit every year. It is a relatively easy hike with several well-marked routes up and around the mountain, of varying skill levels. From its summit Mount Esja offers truly mind-blowing views of the entire city, the bay and beyond.


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