Glymur Waterfall - Hiking Tour
Testing your fear of heights exploring the deepest canyon in Iceland while admiring its highest waterfall sounds like a good idea. This well kept secret is within a two hours drive from Reykjavik, easily accessible for those with a sense of adventure.
- Botnsá River
- Glymur Waterfall
We will pick you up in Reykjavik and drive towards Hvalfjordur. This isolated fjord is one of Icelands deepest and during the WW2 it played an important role in the Allied effort as a depot and shelter for convoys heading east.
Having lost it's place as a busy thoroughfare on road nr. 1 Hvalfjordur is now quiet and looks deserted. We drive to a cove at the bottom of the fjord and turn onto a gravel road before stopping in an isolated valley where our hike begins.
We walk through fields of planted forest and lupine to the gorge of Botnsá river. We go through a cave to reach the bottom of the gorge where we have to cross the river on a log which could test our nerves and sense of balance to the limit.
Once across the river we follow a path that winds upwards along the rim of the canyon crossing gorges and brooks on the way until we reach a certain ledge which is the only place where it is possible to see the whole waterfall.
Glymur waterfall is 198 meters high. The water cascades and spreads out before plunging into the mossy green abyss. An excellent place for photos and a nice rest and opening the lunch box.
After that we hike on further upwards and closer to the waterfall until we reach the level heath above the waterfall. There the Botnsa river runs smooth and wide on a rock solid bottom. This is where we sit down, take of our hiking boots, put on our sandals and wade across the river under the supervision of our trusty guide. The water may be cold but it is only 20-25 cm deep.
Once across the river, having dried our numb toes and put the hiking boots back on, we head back down on the opposite side of the river seeing this natural wonder from a new perspective.
Pick up and drop off
Bring with you: Wear outdoor clothing, sturdy hiking boots and bring light shoes/sandals for crossing rivers. Pack a light lunch to your liking and expect to spend about 5 hours hiking on the tour.
How do we get there?
Pick up and drop off available for your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavík. Alternatively you may also meet us at the Botnsdalur valley where the tour is set to begin.
Meeting point: *It is possible to meet us where the hiking begins at the parking lot at the end of the road in Botnsdalur valley.
GPS: 64.385175, -21.293486
Map for the meeting point - click here