Exciting 8-Hour Hiking Tour of Glymur Waterfall with Hvammsvik Hot Springs from Reykjavik

Glymur is the second-tallest waterfall in Iceland.
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Reykjavík, Iceland
8 hours
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Minimum age
12 years old


Come along on an exciting adventure to the second-tallest waterfall in Iceland on this eight-hour hiking tour to Glymur waterfall with optional geothermal bathing in Hvammsvik. If you want an off-the-beaten-path expedition in the breathtaking nature of Iceland near Reykjavik, this small-group tour is perfect for you.

For your convenience, your hiking tour in Iceland begins with a pick-up from your accommodation in Reykjavik. You’ll meet your professional guide here, who will be your primary source of assistance and information for the next eight hours.

To prepare for this trip, bundle up with weatherproof clothing to protect yourself against unpredictable weather. A pair of sturdy hiking shoes with good ankle support are also necessary for a safe and comfortable hike on the rough terrain leading to the waterfall.

From the Icelandic capital, the journey takes you northeast to the Botnsdalur valley, a rich grassland with birch trees. The head trail to Glymur waterfall begins here, overlooking the beautiful fjord of Hvalfjordur in West Iceland.

The 4.3-mile (seven-kilometer) long trail begins at the Glymur parking lot in Botnsdalur valley. Before starting your ascent, the guide will give your group a short briefing on what to expect along the way. At any point during the trek, you can ask questions and get assistance from them.

Glymur is the second-highest waterfall in the land of fire and ice, reaching 650 feet (198 meters). Many locals still believe it is the tallest cascade in Iceland, but Morsarfoss, a hidden and inaccessible waterfall in the Vatnajokull National Park, is taller by a few feet.

The hike to Glymur waterfall takes you to the unspoiled nature of West Iceland. Trekking on lush valleys and hills, crossing rivers, and sightseeing are the most exciting parts of this excursion. Some trail features may be challenging, but the awe-inspiring views are enough to motivate you.

In addition, those with a fear of heights may find this hike challenging, as walking on steep cliffs are part of the experience. Fortunately, once you reach the majestic waterfall, you’ll find that the trip was all worth it. The group will have enough time to admire this Icelandic attraction as you take as many photos as possible.

After a rewarding hiking expedition, you can end your day on a high note by experiencing the famous Icelandic geothermal bath in Hvammsvik Hot Springs. A hot spring bath is the best way to relax after spending hours in the wild.

Hvammsvik features excellent spa facilities and eight natural pools that extend to the sea of Hvalfjordur fjord. The heated waters of these pools, surrounded by mountains, farmlands, and the sea, will make your Nordic holiday even more special.

After an unforgettable hiking and geothermal bathing journey, you’ll return to your hotel in Reykjavik, marking the end of this tour.

Join this small-group hiking tour in West Iceland to see the Glymur waterfall and soak in the natural pools of Hvammsvik near Reykjavik. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Pick-up and drop-off in Reykjavik
English-speaking driver-guide 
Free Wi-Fi onboard vehicle
Admission to the Hvammsvik Hot Springs (if added during the booking process)
Small group tour (maximum of 16)


Hot Spring Bathing

What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothing with layers
Sturdy hiking shoes
Headwear and gloves
Snacks and water
Swimsuit and towel (can be rented in Hvammsvik Hot Springs)

Good to know

- This tour requires a moderate physical fitness level and is unsuitable for those with a fear of heights.

- Pick-up in Reykjavik is 8:30 a.m. Please wait up to 30 minutes for the tour vehicle to reach your location.

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