It´s a fact that many Icelanders love outdoor activities. Hiking is one of them which should not come as a surprise since Iceland is a land of mountains and ridges that provide endless hiking opportunities.
In my recent blog posts you can find hiking tips to Mt. Esjan and the Fimmvorduhals pass, but now I want to tell you about Glymur waterfall, and how to get there. If you prefer to join a tour, then check out this Glymur tour.
People visit Iceland with different purposes in mind but many are interested in hiking. I personally love waterfalls and I also love hiking so when I can combine these two together I'm in heaven. Glymur was considered Iceland's highest waterfall at 198m. It's not visible from the road so yes, you have to put your boots on and get into your exercise mode.
But to be honest with you, Glymur waterfall recently dropped to 2nd place and is now considered the second highest waterfall in Iceland. Scientists found another one in Vatnajökull glacier called Morsárfoss that has a drop of 228m.
But even so Glymur is grand and magnificent and worth exploring and for some reason people still talk about Glymur as the highest one. I guess because the newly discovered one (it was discovered in 2007) is not as famous yet.
Glymur waterfall is located in Hvalfjordur fjord in West Iceland, about an hours drive from Reykjavík. To go there you need to drive into the rear end of the fjord instead of driving through the tunnel under the fjord. There is a sign by the road (#47) telling you when to turn right.
The waterfall drops into a mossy green extremely majestic canyon so this hike is worth very minute, and is not that difficult even though you need to face some challenges on your way up.
Hiking up to Glymur waterfall is one of the most enjoyable and exciting hikes I have ever made, because the whole area and vista is truly majestic and exceptionally beautiful. Each step you take you get more and more eager to view the big beauty and once at the top, and on your way up, you get to see some epic sceneries and views.
The hike itself is truly adventurous leading you through dirty roads, into a cave, tasking your balance when facing a pole over the river, steep muddy and rocky areas. Last but not least, when at the top, you will have to cross the river just a few meters from the drop of the waterfall. You really get some adrenaline rush up there
To reach Glymur there are two options. You can hike along the North side, but also the South side, which I highly recommend because from there you have a better view of the waterfall.
It's a great idea to hike the other side when going down and as mentioned earlier wade the river on top and hike down from there. Wading the river of course depends on how big it is each time.
Anyone attempting this trail should have proper boots on, water for drinking and preferably some hiking poles. If you love photography, like I do, don't forget your camera. The hike in total takes about 3 - 3,5 hours.
Enjoy and drop me a line if you want further info!