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Glymur Waterfall - Hiking Tour near Reykjavik

Challenge your fear of heights and explore the deepest canyon in Iceland while admiring its highest waterfall. Does it sound like a good idea? Only within a two hour’s drive from Reykjavik and easily accessible, this well-kept secret is perfect for those with a sense of adventure.

Tour Highlights

Pickup is from Reykjavik, followed by a drive towards the Hvalfjordur Fjord. The hike starts at the bottom of the fjord and leads to the gorge of the Botnsá river. We will cross the river and admire the Glymur waterfall from different angles.

Meeting point: *It is possible to meet us where the hiking begins at the parking lot at the end of the road in Botnsdalur valley. 
GPS: 64.385175, -21.293486
Map for the meeting point -  click here

Departures: Mondays and Thursdays

Included: Pick up & drop off, English guiding service.

Not included: Lunch (we stop at a local restaurant/diner)

Bring with you: Wear outdoor clothing, sturdy hiking boots and bring light shoes/sandals for crossing rivers. Pack a light lunch to your liking and expect to spend about 5 hours hiking on the tour. 


Tour Description

After pickup from your accommodation in Reykjavik we will drive towards Hvalfjordur. This is Iceland’s deepest fjord and its isolated location made the ideal depot and shelter for convoys heading east during the WW2  as part of the Allied forces effort.  Hvalfjordur is no longer a busy thoroughfare on road nr. 1 and is now quiet and looks deserted. Our journey will take us to a cove at the bottom of the fjord and we will turn onto a gravel road before stopping in the isolated valley where we’ll start our hike.

The walk through fields of planted forest and lupine will lead to the gorge of the Botnsá river. We will go through a cave so we can reach the bottom of the gorge where we will use a log to cross the river - what better way to get out of our comfort zone and put our nerves and sense of balance to the test. After crossing the river we take a winding path up along the ledge of the canyon that spans over gorges and creeks so we can reach the only ridge with the perfect view over the whole waterfall.  

Glymur was until recently considered Iceland’s highest waterfall at an impressive 198 meters, until it was discovered that there’s another one at Vatnajökull glacier which is over 200 meters. Nevertheless, the way in which the water cascades and spreads out before descending into the mossy green void is truly magnificent and worth the effort to get there. This is a marvellous place for taking photos and here we’ll have a break for lunch.

After our picnic we’ll continue to hike uphill closer to the waterfall until we reach the level plain above it. This is where the Botnsá river spreads smooth and wide on the solid rock bottom. Here we’ll swap our hiking boots with sandals and trek across the river under the supervision of our trusty guide. Even though the water might be cold,it is only 20-25 cm deep. After crossing the river and drying our numb feet, we’ll put our hiking boots back on and head back down on the opposite side of the river where we’ll admire the wonders of nature from a different perspective.

For further information:
info@madebyiceland.com

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