Glymur Waterfall Hike
Scenic hike to Iceland's highest waterfall
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 16th - September 12th
6 hours / 8:30am - 15:30pm
Meet on location
Reykjavik / Glymur
- 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.
We offer pick-ups from most known hotels, hostels and guesthouses in the capital area. We do not pick up from Airbnb. To make the process of finding the nearest pick-up location to your accommodation easier we have made a map of the locations.
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick up time since you could be our first pick up. It’s usually best to wait outside your pick up location but if it’s cold the lobby is perfectly fine.
Note that if the lobby up a couple of floors (like for example at Loft hostel) it’s best to come down.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
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 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 (to be found here) are also suitable for all ages. 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.
Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.
Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.
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 per person.
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.