Reykjavik, Iceland

Seltjarnarnes Peninsula

The picturesque jut of the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula is a popular stop for birdwatchers, visitors to the Grótta lighthouse, and sunset seekers, but runners will love the 7.4 km (4.6 mile) loop around this seaside path. Southeast of Seltjarnarnes, the path connects easily to the Sculpture and Shore Walk, but to run just the peninsula, start out near the intersection of Norðurstrond and Suðurstrond. Looking towards the ocean, find the paved Gongustigur Path and head north. At the end of the point, you’ll be rewarded with views of the Grótta lighthouse and the open ocean beyond. Continue around the contour of the peninsula as it curls south. At mile 2 (3.2 km), the path turns to gravel as it wraps around the golf club. This area is quite scenic, but you can shave off about a mile by turning left towards Suðurstrond. Or, stay on the gravel path which will return you back along Suðurstrond. Where the path ends, follow the sidewalk east to return to your initial junction.

Essentials
  • 7.4 km (4.6 miles)
  • Norðurstrond and Suðurstrond
  • Austurströnd Bus Stop