Móskarðshnjúkar is a mountain and popular hiking route, situated in the south-west corner of Iceland next to Mt. Esja.
The mountain can be seen from Reykjavík City and is celebrated both as a hiking trail and venue for backcountry skiing. Móskarðshnjúkar sits right next to Mt. Esja, but is more challenging to get to and therefore much less crowded. Making your way here is very awarding, where avid treckers are greeted with sweeping rhyolite landscapes and challenging trails for hiking or mountain biking.
To get to Móskarðshnjúkar, you drive Road 36 to Þingvellir and turn left after the farm Gljúfrasteinn, famed home of Iceland’s Nobel Laureate Halldór Laxness. Following a gravel road, you cross a bridge and then drive by the riverside, before turning right through a gate. At the end of that road, you’ll find a parking lot, from where you will have to continue on foot.