Nature & Environment Apr 26, 2017

The Best Running Trails in Reykjavik

Explore Iceland’s capital city on foot with these running routes.

One of the best ways to visit Reykjavik is on foot. Wehter you are walking or running, with over 70 running events a year Reykjavik is helping locals and tourists alike get out and see the city. The beautiful scenery and fresh air makes running through Reykjavik fun and enjoyable for all running levels. Unlike most major cities, Reykjavik offers a number of trails that take you outside of the city park and through the downtown and coastal areas, giving runners a greater chance to see the city. Running In Iceland pulled together a list of the top 5 trails to run the next time you are in Reykjavik – check them out below!

1. The Sightseeing Run

Eight kilometers (~5 miles) in distance, the Sightseeing Run is true to its name. The route takes runners from the Tjörnin (The Pond) by City Hall, past the statue of the poet Tómas Guðmundsson and Hallgrímskirkja, ending near the Harpa Concert Hall.

2. Laugardalur

​Laugardalur valley is the home of Icelandic sports, housing the nation’s football stadium and handball team, as well as an indoor running track and ice-skating rink. This 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) run is a popular trail for athletes and novice runners alike. After your run, relax by soaking in the hot tubs at the fabled Laugardalslaug swimming pool.

3. The Airport Circle

​Popular with runners and cyclists, the Airport Circle takes runners in an 8 kilometer (5 miles) loop around the Reykjavik airport that also runs along the coast of the Nauthólsvik geothermal beach. In the summer, cool down after your run by taking a quick dip in the chilly North Atlantic before relaxing in a hot tub on the beach!

4. Elliðaárdalur

Taking you through the Elliðaárdalur valley, this 10 kilometer (6.2 miles) trail feels like a winding country side trail even though it takes you through the heart of Reykjavik. The clearly marked route goes around the two valleys, Elliðaárdalur and Víðidalur, with a shorter trail cutting through the Elliðaá river bridges.

5. The Long Run

If you feel like challenging yourself, the 17 kilometer (10.5 mile) Long Run takes runners around the older parts of Reykjavik and down by the cost. The scenic path offers beautiful views of the ocean and also leads runners through Fossvogsdalur, the busiest part of Reykjavík’s path system, full of people walking, running and cycling or playing with their children.

Looking to create your own path through the city? Stop by Visit Reykjavik to pick up a walking map of the Iceland’s capital!