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Glymur, Akranes

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Glymur is the second-highest waterfall in Iceland, with a cascade of 198 m. It was long regarded as the tallest until being surpassed by Morsárfoss, a newly measured waterfall near Morsárjökull in 2011.It is situated at the rear end of the Hvalfjörður. Since the opening of the Hvalfjörður Tunnel under this fjord, visitor numbers have dropped.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. Hikers can view the waterfall from marked paths on the east side of the river Botnsá.
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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Beautiful hike. We went in mid October so the log over the river had been removed for the season. Took the north trail up to the falls. Apparently you can see the falls better on the south trail (with the log). Beautiful none the less. Would recommend. Now: this is actually a hike on private property so don't be surprised by the signs in the parking lot.
  • This was absolutely breathe taking - but easy to moderate is an understatement. I hike every weekend with my girlfriend across NYS and this is a lot different than most trails I've hiked. At one point (since we came in fall) you have to cross an ice cold stream barefoot on sharp rocks (I suggest bringing water shoes / water proof boots). The trail is definitely worth it, it was the most stunning views I have seen in my entire trip here in Iceland, just be prepared for steep inclines with large drops, loose rocky paths and crossing a very cold stream.
  • Hiking the loop around Glymur is a fantastic experience. The hike is fun and challenging and the views are amazing throughout. I would recommend hiking up the right side and down the left side. The entire hike takes around 3 hours including breaks for appreciating the scenery, pictures and food/water. Worth noting that you will have to wade through the river at the top and bottom but only comes up just above ankle (depending on the route you choose!).
  • 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 area and not too swamped with tourists once you get away from the carpark. You can do the walk-and-wade to see the falls or just hike the stunning scenery.

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