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“great hike”(15 reviews)
“hiking shoes”(13 reviews)
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Hvalfjorour/Botnsdal, 47, Akranes 301, Iceland
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Reviewed 13 October 2018

A great hike with lots of views on Hvalfjörður and the surrounding mountains. When hiking Glymur, it's recommended to hike up on the southern side and down on the northern. You will have to cross the river Botnsà twice. Be prepared for REALLY cold water,...More

Thank qbfly
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Just do it. Crawl through that dark cave. Cross the river on rocks and a log. Pull yourself up the side of the wet slippery mountain with ropes. All of it was totally worth it. Just don't be that guy wearing tennis shoes doing this....More

1  Thank m s
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Glymur Falls is Iceland's tallest waterfall and an amazing hike !. We hiked it on the day we arrived to Iceland and it was a great fun ! The full circle hike is around 6.5KM that will take you to climb to the top and...More

Thank Iyss
Reviewed 22 September 2018

A great hike with some really interesting bits like the mentioned river crossing. We found it very easy but exciting! One of the highlights of our Iceland trip. Some people were struggling when crossing the river or going up/down the stip hill although everyone seemed...More

Thank ZuziaTim
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Get there around 9am when it's not crowded. I got there at 9, there was 6 cars in the parking lot. I left at 12pm, there was 50+ cars and people kept coming. Take the hike that goes to the right of the waterfall, you...More

1  Thank Renan B
Reviewed 17 September 2018

It is a very nice hike. However, stay on the main path and be ready to cross the river while carrying your shoes in your hands.

Thank Trucunsa
Reviewed 13 September 2018

Glymur foss was our first actual stop in Iceland. Glymur is the second-highest waterfall in Iceland that is situated at the rear end of Hvalfjörður on the river Botnsá. We spent a good couple hours hiking in the area, and it was probably the best...More

1  Thank rockon0630
Reviewed 1 September 2018

The waterfall can only be seen after a strenuous hike, going over river by balancing over a tree log. Honestly, there are so many beautiful waterfall in Iceland... and much nicer hiking trail. Even if you hike to the river you can NOT see the...More

2  Thank blissrusty
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

The beautiful waterfall hike took about 3 hours round trip. An easy hike with only a few steep and slippery sections. The views are spectacular and only 45 minutes from Reykjavik. I highly recommend this hike.

Thank T564VBjohnh
Reviewed 15 August 2018

We read mixed reviews on the intensity of this hike, so we went into it with the idea of going as far a we could or were comfortable with. We are 3 family members ranging ages 23, 26, and 56. Two out of three of...More

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Sue P
16 September 2018|
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Response from jamesbandenburg | Reviewed this property |
The paths fork just before you get to the cave bit, and there’s an information board with a map on it! I really recommend crossing the river to get the full view of the falls though!
18 May 2018|
Response from sandiablonde | Reviewed this property |
We were there at the beginning of May and it was supposed to be already across, but winter was still hanging on so they chose to delay it. I would expect that the log will be across by now but if it is still snowing there... More
Joe B
1 April 2018|
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Response from Joop V | Reviewed this property |
Hi Joe, From the parking lot it'll take you about 1,5 hour to get there, so 3 hours forth and back. The signs are not that clear but the track is visible. Do follow the track getting up and not down to the river, for they... More