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Glymur, Akranes

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Glymur, with a cascade of 198 m, is the second-highest waterfall in Iceland. It was long regarded as the tallest waterfall in Iceland until being surpassed by a newly measured waterfall near Morsárjökull in 2011: Morsárfoss.It is situated at the rear end of the Hvalfjörður. Since the opening of the tunnel under this fjord, most people bypass the area. However, it is a very beautiful part of the Hvalfjörður with some tall mountains and forests.The river Botnsá runs from the Hvalvatn lake and after a short distance the water falls down alongside the Hvalfell mountain into a steep canyon. The waterfall can be accessed from a parking area at the end of the road. Well-equipped hikers can view the waterfall from marked paths on the east side of the river Botnsá.
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  • August 12, 2017
    You definitely need to come prepared for this hike. It starts out innocently enough, you meander over tiny stream beds and make it to the cave, then you cross the river and there is a log halfway to h...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    What a fun & amazing hike leading up to a beautiful waterfall! Easy to Moderate difficulty but not bad, long more than anything but so worth it!  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    This waterfall is a sight to behold! It falls into a deep canyon. To hike it takes some skill but isn't impossible. There is a parking lot at the end of a short gravel road. The path is marked. Once y...  more »
  • June 14, 2017
    Hiking to Glymur was probably my group's favorite activity we did while in Iceland. Be advised that there is a part where you ford about half of the river (it is cold but refreshing) and walk across a log the rest of the way. There is a rope strung across also to hang on to so it is safer. Take off your shoes and roll up your pants a bit for this because the water went up halfway up our calves or so when we visited. The river crossing at first seems a bit daunting but it is really not that bad! The hike as a whole is clearly marked. There are sections that are steep/have loose stones but there are ropes to hold onto for these areas. The views are extremely beautiful, especially when you get closer to Glymur. I recommend packing a lunch to eat at one of the viewpoints.
  • July 4, 2017
    One of the highlights of our Ring Road trip! Took us about 3 hours with picture taking and we did the CIRCUIT trail in the summer. Other reviews have mentioned only going up the left side, which doesn't have the best views of the falls and can be disappointing, and other reviews mention only one log crossing. We originally went up the left side of the falls, crossing the river above the falls and again at the bottom with the log. It's a circuit however views on the right were better, and the cave looks much cooler when descending on the right! As others have said, be prepared for 2 super ice cold crossings. Above the river, cross above the larger stones, step on the small ones as the larger stones can be very slippery with algae. Let your cold feet warm up a bit on the large stones in the middle. Overall, spectacular view of the waterfall. Very lucky that with 24hr sunlight we could start the hike at 5pm and still be very warm and sunny! It was tiring hike but not exhausting.
  • June 22, 2017
    The hike was a bit tiring but not too strenuous. We were able to complete it and get right to the top of the waterfall without having to cross any water bodies. The waterfall itself was an incredible sight. Truly a scene from a dream. Although the view of the waterfall from a lower point was a bit more captivating than the view from the actual top of the waterfall.
  • April 26, 2017
    Beautiful hike! This hike has it all! Hike over to a canyon, go through a cave, cross a river on a log (only in summer!) and hike the canyon walls up to a beautiful waterfall! In winter - you can't cross the canyon, so you can't really do the hike. You can continue on you own and hike up the other side of the canyon, but there isn't a clear trail. However, it's still beautiful and well worth it! There is a log crossing that is removed during winter, making the crossing impossible in winter.
  • May 25, 2017
    By far my favorite part of Iceland! When we went on the hike it was sunny and beautiful out. The trail was difficult but fun but surrounded by breathtaking views. It is important to note however that there is a river crossing (a rope is strung across the river to assist you, but it is still quite cold) and you should definitely take your shoes off for it. Also probably not the best hike if you're afraid of hikes as you hike up and along the canyon to the falls. The hike took me about 2 1/2 hours all told, including a short stop for lunch.

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