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.
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.
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 Special Tours, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). 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 (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). 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.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
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.
The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.
These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:
The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.
Book your airport transfer in Iceland.
The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is tho always more expensive than the airport shuttle.
For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.
There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.
If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.
You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.
Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.
Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles have free Wi-Fi.
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.
Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant.
All of our tours are small group experiences. We have a maximum of 16 participants on the hut tour and 14 participants on the camping tour.
Yes, you can fill your water bottles with tap water at the huts/campsites. It’s perfectly safe to drink. There are also a few streams along the way with safe drinking water, just ask your guide.
Gaiters are optional but we always recommend that our participants use them. The weather in Iceland can be quite wet so the trails subsequently get wet as well. They are not necessary but being drenched on a hike when conditions are wet and muddy is very unpleasant. Some rain pants have straps at the bottom which serve a similar purpose as gaiters so if you are equipped with those you don’t need both.
Hiking poles are also optional. The choice of using them or not of course depends on your own personal preference. Note that we do recommend hiking poles if you are used to hiking with them.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
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.