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Glymur Waterfall – Hiking Tour near Reykjavik

Glymur Waterfall – Hiking Tour near Reykjavik

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.

Hike one of Icelands deepest canoyons and see the tallest waterfall in the country. This tour is suitable for anyone in moderate physical shape.

The tour starts with pick you up in Reykjavik (or you meet the tour at canyon's entrance) 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. The tour drives to a cove at the bottom of the fjord and turn onto a gravel road before stopping in an isolated valley where the hike begins.

Starting by walking through fields of planted forest and lupine to the gorge of Botnsá river. Going through a cave to reach the bottom of the gorge where you cross the river on a log which could test our nerves and sense of balance to the limit.

Once across the river the tour follows a path that winds upwards along the rim of the canyon crossing gorges and brooks on the way until reaching 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 the tour hikes on further upwards and closer to the waterfall until reaching the level heath above the waterfall. There the Botnsa river runs smooth and wide on a rock solid bottom. This is where you sit down, take off the hiking boots, put on your sandals and wade across the river under the supervision of your 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, the tour heads back down to the parking lot on the opposite side of the river seeing this natural wonder from a new perspective.

The tour is operated by a DaytripFactory Partner.

Location: The tour starts by pickup at your hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavik area, drop off at same place. Also you can meet the tour one hour after pick up time in Reykjavik at the parking lot´s entrance to the canyon, see map or GPS: 64.385175, -21.293486.

Duration: ca 8 hours with pick up and drive from Reykjavik,  5-6 hours hiking.

Available: June - Sept.

Difficulty level: Suitable for anyone in moderate physical shape.

Included: Pick up & drop off if selected, English guiding service.

Food: Bring your own in your back pack.

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 5-6 hours hiking on the tour.

Operator: DaytripFactory Partner.

Contact: You can contact info@daytripfactory.com for group reservation or alternate dates and time.