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Glymur, Akranes

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Waterfall Nature / Park
The waterfall Glymur, with a cascade of 198 m, is the second highest waterfall of Iceland. It was long regarded as the tallest waterfall in Iceland until being surpassed with a new falls by Morsárjökull in 2011.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 lake Hvalvatn and after a short distance the water falls down alongside the mountainHvalfell into a steep canyon. The waterfall can be accessed from parking area at the end of the road. On good walking boots one can hike on a marked paths to get a view of the waterfall. The waterfall can only be viewed from the east side of the river Botnsá. Hikers need to take extra care of themselves because the trail can be strenuous and potentially hazardous, passing along the edges of steep dropoffs.From the parking area, the trail begins by passing through a gate and walking on a road marked by rocks blazed with yellow paint. A few hundred meters up the road, the trail drops over a small cliff face and descends through a cave down to the river. In the summer there is a small wooden pole over the river with an adjacent cable for a handhold, where travelers can cross to the eastern side.After crossing the river, the trail climbs steeply with various muddy, rocky and loose areas. At times it skirts steep dropoffs. After walking a good 1–2 km. hikers should reach the best viewing area which can be recognized by a large rock resembling an anvil. From this point one can turn back the same way or head further upwards and cross the river Botnsá from above the waterfall and trail down from the western side. One has to cross the river barefooted since there is no bridge or pole over this part of the river. The round trip takes around 2–4 hours. The trip to the anvil and back takes 1–2 hours depending on conditions.
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  • I visited Glymur alone in late May the morning after our plane landed in Iceland. I headed out so early that when I arrived my vehicle was the only one in the parking lot. I didn't see another soul un...  more »
  • First of all, the parking lot to access Glymur is very easily reachable from Reykjavik. There are two ways to approach Glymur as you come out of the parking lot - you can walk left or right. I strongl...  more »
  • This hike was one of the craziest things we did. There are signs at the entrance warning you of the dangers but we pressed on. The first 25-30 minutes of the hike are pretty easy, rocky terrain, muddy...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful hike! If you want to actually get to the waterfall make sure you go in summer as that is the only time they have to log down. If you go any other time of the year you can hike to the river (which is still very beautiful) but you won't be able to cross. The river is rushing too fast
  • A beautiful hike with some kind of difficulty to make it more intense. It's suitable to most ages, but with certain attention. The view is amazing, completely worth it. It took me 3h to go and back to Glymur, not rushing at all. Enjoy!