Glymur Waterfall - Hiking Tour near Reykjavik - EI14

Beautiful scenery - One of the highest waterfalls in Iceland

Fully licensed travel agency & tour operator

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.

Duration: ~6 hours

Pick-up: See info below

Group maximum: 14 persons

Available: May - Sep

Age limit: 10 years

Difficulty: Moderate

Tour Highlights:
  • Glymur Waterfall
  • Hvalfjörður
  • Experienced guide
  • Adventurous hiking tour

Pick up:

Pick up in Reykjavik starts at 8:30. If you do not chose to include pick up then we will meet you at Glymur Parking Lot at the end of the road in Botnsdalur Valley. GPS: 64.385175, -21.293486
Map for the meeting point - click here


Moderate. Suitable for anyone in moderate physical shape.


Expert hiking guide, 3-4 hour hike.

Not included:

 Lunch, so please bring a packed lunch with you.

Bring with you:

Lunch & snack, hiking boots, warm clothes, waterproof jacket + pants, backpack, shoes to cross small rivers (i.e. old sneakers, sandals with straps or neoprene shoes) and hiking poles (optional)

What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?

Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, hiking poles, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from location.

Contact us: If you have a question about this tour you can use the contact form here below.
If you have a general inquiry (cancellations, feedback, reschedule etc) please click here

12 990 per adult

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With transfer from Reykjavik

Tour Description

We will pick you up in Reykjavik (unless you meet us on location) and drive towards Hvalfjordur. This isolated fjord is one of Iceland's deepest and during the WW2 it played an important role in the Allied effort as a depot and shelter for convoys heading east. 


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Sometimes you must lay down to appreciate all the angles

Having lost its place as a busy thoroughfare on road nr. 1 Hvalfjordur is now quiet and looks deserted. Its beautiful landscapes will keep you mesmerized as we drive deeper into the fjord. 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.


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Adventurous day tour from Reykjavik

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Glymur hike

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 Botnsá river runs smooth and wide on a rock solid bottom.

This day hike is doable from Reykjavik in half a day and is truly an adventure and great way to experience Iceland's nature firsthand.