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Mt. Esja

Mt. Esja

Esja is a mountainous mass near Reykjavik covering an area so large that each side of the mountain has its own particular characteristics. The residents of Reykjavik consider Mt. Esja their own, and interest in outdoor activities on and near Esja has been increasing markedly, especially hiking. Well-marked trails lead up to Thverfellshorn, a trek that takes between one and three hours (one way, moderately challenging).

The origin of the name remains obscure: the Saga titled "Kjalnesingasaga" tells of a wealthy Irish widow named Esja who lived at a farm there although much doubt has been cast on the historical veracity of this tale.