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Glymur, Akranes

Categories: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 160 reviews on the web
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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  • Our group of 3 couples absolutely loved the hike. You should be relatively fit and definitely wear good shoes! The views are TOTALLY worth it and our bloopers on the log crossing made it hilarious:) 
  • We arrived on the red eye from DC, and knew that we wanted to do something active for the morning, since we couldn't get into our apartment until 3. I selected the hike to Glymur (the tallest waterfal...  read more »
  • The two mile hike to Glymur was a lot of fun. It offered steep inclines, water crossings and a very very high waterfall. 
  • It's a 5.5 km round trip treacherous hike from the parking lot at the end of the unsealed road to the waterfall. There are ropes to help you along the way but you need very good shoes (hiking boots, not sneakers). There's also a single log river crossing before the ascent which some people decide not to risk. The views of the waterfall are absolutely incredible though. I've never seen such a beautiful waterfall and surrounds before. Highly recommended!
  • Super beautiful hike, a little dangerous, in places, but that's part of what makes it so interesting. Spectacular views, and you even get to cross a river on a log at one point. Probably the highlight of our Iceland trip.
  • Great views, nice hike, "at your own risk" views over the precipice
  • Difficult to hike to this place (plan with about 3h) and have good shoes with you because you have rough ground as well as river you must cross! But the view is it worth.
  • Awesome!! South side is very steep and need to cross the river, but view is very spectacular! It looks like to heaven! My favorite site in Iceland. It takes about 4~5 hours in round trip.
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