Once the highest waterfall in Iceland, this stunning fall is located in the most beautiful setting making the hike one of the most stunning adventures your can embark upon.
A hiking tour to the once highest waterfall in Iceland located in the beautiful and fertile Hvalfjordur e. Whale fjord. This is a local favorite taking you through green and lush landscapes and an alluring lava cave before providing you with epic views. This is the perfect day hike right out of Reykjavík and a short excursion suitable for all over the age of 10 that are in average health.
May. - Sept.
~ 6 hours
Meet on location
Reykjavik / Glymur
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small group experience
- Glymur waterfall
- Hvalfjordur bay
- Beautiful mountain view
- An expert hiking guide
- 3-4 hour hike
This tour is both available with pick up from Reykjavík and as a meet us on location option.
Pick up: If you have added pick up to your booking, the pick up starts at 08:30 am from your selected Reykjavik pick-up point. Please note that the pick up can take up to 30 min. On the way, you will be rewarded with unforgettable landscapes and unique panoramic views.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
Your Glymur hiking adventure will then start in Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord). If you are meeting us at location for the tour then you will join up with the group from the Glymur parking lot, please make sure to be ready at 9:45 am at Glymur parking lot.
From the parking lot you will head towards Botnsdalur, a valley which hides a real gem of nature, namely the 198m (0.12 mi) high Glymur Waterfall. Once you reach the end of the road, you will put your hiking shoes on, grab your camera and set off on a 3-4 hour hike through canyons, a birch forest, and lava fields. Start with a refreshing river crossing, then climb through a small cave where on the other side you will see a glimpse of paradise; a clear and joyous stream running among moss and tall grass. Glymur Waterfall is a sight not to be missed with its grand posture and beautiful surroundings, an absolute must for all outdoor enthusiasts.
After yet another exciting river crossing and experiencing an impressive landscape of a canyon, Glymur waterfall, cliffs, and lava fields we return to the original meeting point where if you have booked the pick up service you will join our guide on a ride back to the city. We expect to be back in Reykjavik in the early afternoon.
Remember to bring: Lunch & snack, hiking boots, warm clothes, waterproof jacket & pants, backpack and river crossing shoes (old sneakers, sandals with straps or neoprene shoes).
What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear on location.
Meet on location means travelling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at time of booking. The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us. Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process or add it to your booking. See more.
Please keep in mind that we do not rent gear on location.
First of all, check the weather forecast but keep in mind that the weather in Iceland can be extremely unpredictable, as you may have heard. We have a saying “If you don’t like the weather in Iceland, just wait 5 minutes” which is sometimes disturbingly accurate!
The weather can be anything from sunny to snowy in almost any season although snow is rare during summer time. We do suggest that you dress accordingly. This means in layers, thermal closest to you and waterproof on top. We’ve prepared a guide to help you get ready for your adventures, check out – How to prepare for hiking and trekking in Iceland.
No, please do not wear jeans and sneakers on this tour, it’s not appropriate clothing for this type of tour. Check the list of what to bring to see what kind of clothing is appropriate.
Price from: 12.990 ISK
If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.
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"Spectacular Experience Glymur Waterfall Hike!"
This was our second excursion with Arctic Adventures on a recent trip to Iceland (July 2017). Ingunn was our guide and she was excellent! We were lucky enough to have a beautiful, sunny day for our hike, which was helpful when crossing the river over a log (it wasn’t as challenging as it sounds). Ingunn provided us with support and tips when needed during challenging parts of the hike, but overall the hike was fairly easy. There were moments when we had to grab hold of a rope for support. We had plenty of opportunities to take in the beautiful falls, fjords, and landscape. Seriously spectacular views! I would definitely recommend bringing watershoes, as you will be crossing the river on the way up and back down. Walking barefoot was possible, but not as easy as it would’ve been with waterfalls. We absolutely loved the Icelandic stories that Ingunn told us during our lunch break at the top of mountain near the falls. I would definitely recommend this hike!
“Glymur Falls and Thingvellir”
This day-trip was spectacular and fascinating. Glymur Falls is astonishingly gorgeous and the walk to it was relaxing exercise. My two sons (ages 12 and 14) and I took many photographs and so enjoyed seeing this breathtaking feature of the Icelandic landscape up close. Thingvellir was also extraordinary as both a unique geological location and the site of crucial Viking events. We were glad to cover so much memorable territory in one day (while getting exercise), but now we want to go back to each location and spend more time. Our lovely tour guide Hilmar answered questions about every subject (language, history, rock formations, volcanic activity, life in Iceland, etc.) and was so patient when we lingered and delayed. A trip like this is a success when it makes you want to stay longer and then return. We will definitely be back.
“Glymur foss hiking trip”
A challenging hike for me. But, I was able to complete it with the help of the guides. Highly recommend this hike if you have a spare day and want to experience the wilderness up close. Tip: hiking shoes are a must. Lots of flies, harmless but annoying. Don’t try this by yourself if you aren’t an experienced hiker or have a fear of heights etc. Dress in layers. You will get hot once you start climbing. Totally worth it.