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Icelandic Touring Association to Guide Free Walks

From the beginning of December onwards the Icelandic Touring Association (FÍ) will offer free guided walks on weekdays in the vicinity of Reykjavík. The idea is to give those who are unemployed an opportunity to exercise and socialize.

From Grótta on Seltjarnarnes. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“By walking outside new ideas are born and one starts executing things that have been postponed for a long time. It has very good physical and mental influence on everyone, regardless of whether they are unemployed or not,” managing director of FÍ Páll Gudmundsson told Morgunbladid.

People don’t have to be unemployed to participate in FÍ’s walks. Everyone who is interested in light exercise and being outside in good company is welcome. “It is within reach and suitable for all. Each walk takes one to two hours and we provide a guide, light warming up exercises and information,” Gudmundsson said.

The popularity of outdoor activities has increased in the past years and Gudmundsson said these everyday walks are a response to this increased interest. “Somehow everyone becomes equal outside in nature, people from different generations come together and all titles are forgotten.”

The walks begin at 12 noon on Tuesdays and 2 pm on Thursdays and will take place in the vicinity of Reykjavík, for example in the forested area of Heidmörk and Grótta in Seltjarnarnes. The odd hike is also included, to the summit of Mt. Esja, for example.

For further information, contact FÍ. The touring association Útivist is also offering similar walks.

Click here to watch an audio slideshow about Heidmörk and here to watch a slideshow about hiking on Esja.

Click here to read more about unemployment in Iceland.

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