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Happy Campers Travel Blog | October 24, 2019

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Hiking in Iceland: Ulfarsfell Mountain

Hiking in Iceland: Ulfarsfell Mountain

When people look into hiking in Iceland, they usually will find information about some amazing hiking paths in some of the more remote parts of the island. Even though these hikes can be amazing, they can also be pretty difficult and require some commitment. For those who are looking an easier option, climbing Ulfarsfell mountain, located within Reykjavik city limits, is something I would definitely recommend. These are the top reasons for why I recommend climbing Ulfarsfell.

  • It’s inside Reykjavik. You won’t need to rent a car or sign up for an expensive “tour” to get there. If you’re close enough, you can walk there. Otherwise, just use the public transportation system to get there, and you can start hiking!
  • It’s easy. This is a perfect hike for people with children, or just anybody who would like to enjoy a nice hike without all the hard work. The slopes never get too steep and the paths are well beaten.
  • The view is incredible. Make sure that you choose a clear day to climb Ulfarsfell. If you do, you will enjoy an amazing view of Reykjavik (and Mosfellsbaer, a neighboring town).
  • It doesn’t take up your whole day. If you’re looking for an amazing view of Reykjavik, or just want to spend some time outside without having to spend your entire day doing it, this is the hike for you. It took my wife and I approximately 2 hours, from start to finish, and we had a long stop at the top where we ate our lunch.

Ulfarsfell loosely translates into “Wolf Mountain”, and gets its name from the male name “Úlfar”, meaning wolves. It is just below 300 meters tall, or a little under 1/3 of the height of Mount Esja.


 From downtown Reykjavik to Ulfarsfell Mountain

If you’re looking for an easy way to enjoy an amazing view of Reyjkavík, this is it. My wife and I love hiking in Iceland and we made this hike last week (first time for her, 3rd for me). We weren’t disappointed. I’ll let these photos speak for themselves and hopefully they will give you a good idea of what this hike is like.


Looking south to the parking lot


This is as steep as it’s going to get


Kristie enjoying the view


A great view of Reykjavik

Do you have any questions or comments about hiking in Iceland? Please let me know in the comments!