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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Iceland 2016: Hiking Mt. Esja

We woke up to overcast skies, but it wasn't forecast to rain, so I thought we'd risk a hike to Mt. Esja, introduced in the guidebook as the place local residents went for hiking. Before that, we took a detour to the viking village, but went there to discover that the place was closed and had been closed for a couple of weeks. It's apparently not a year round destination, and the guidebook had neglected to tell us that.

Driving to Mt. Esja took a while, and we got confused by the Google directions, but once we got started, it was an impressive location.

The trails were not well marked, but while the scenery was not spectacular, the environment was. We traversed forest, fields of flowers, as well as fields of tall grass. The going was steep at first but flattened out though we never did find the color'd loop we were supposed to be following.

When we were done with the hike, we had some time left so we detoured through Reykjavik and saw the classic church as well as the concert hall. Bowen even found a little crevice among the rocks near the Atlantic Ocean.

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