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
- Glymur Waterfall
- Experienced guide
- Adventurous hiking tour
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
Difficulty: Moderate. Suitable for anyone in moderate physical shape.
Included: 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.
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.
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.
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.