Glymur Waterfall Hike - Day Tour | AA-GH

Adventurous Hike in the Vicinity of Reykjavik

Hike to the highest waterfall in Iceland!

An adventurous, beautiful and scenic hike to Glymur the highest waterfall in Iceland located inside the agrarian fjord of the Whales, Hvalfjordur in the vicinity of Reykjavik. Meet us at Glymur Parking lot or join us from Reykjavik on a great half day hike full of adventures!

  • Availabillity
  • May - Sep
  • Duration
  • 4 hrs / 6 hrs
  • Max. Ascent
  • 280 m / 918 '
  • Level
  • Moderate (3/5)
  • Min. Age
  • 10 years
  • Price
  • 12 990


  • Glymur Waterfall
  • Hvalfjördur (e. Whale Fjord Bay)
  • Beautiful Mountain View
  • 3-4 hours hike

What Is Included?

  • Guided Hiking Tour
  • Experienced Trekking Guide
  • Small Group Experience

Tour Description

Join us from Reykjavik (optional extra) or meet us at Glymur parking lot as we head on an adventure to see Glymur Waterfall. To get to the parking lot we drive a scenic road through Hvalfjordur (e. Whale Fjord). Hvalfjordur offers a view of unforgettable landscapes and a unique panoramic view you will never forget.

We will head to Botnsdalur, a valley known for its stunning nature and the 198 m (0.12 mi) high Glymur Waterfall. Once we reach the end of the road we start our hike and set on a 3-4 hour hiking tour through immense canyons, a lush birch forest, and enigmatic lava fields. The first highlight greets you quickly as a stunning lava cave appears out of nowhere, the cave is called Þvottahellir or Washing cave. This is where our forefathers used to hang their laundry for drying. We will hike through the cave to continue our adventure admiring the beautiful lava formations. Next, our adrenaline will be pumping as we cross a river partly bridged with a tree log and rope for support.  Soon we will start seeing a glimpse of the stunning waterfall called Glymur.

The majestic waterfall is situated in a fertile oasis where a clear and joyous stream runs among moss and tall grass. With every step, you will see more and more of the waterfall, every time a more powerful and epic view. When you have reached the top you can't help but stare at this amazing nature creation. Going up we will be situated on the right side of the waterfall, on top we will cross the river again, this time above the falls and come down on the other side. We will be sure to make good stops so you can take in the breathtaking view. This is one of the most scenic and fun hikes you can do on a day trip from Reykjavík and a great way to get in touch with Icelandic nature and water force. 

A great day hike and truly an adventure you won't want to miss.


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Practical Info

  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Hiking boots with ankle support (can be rented)
  • Warm clothes
  • Waterproof jacket & pants
  • Day backpack
  • Waterbottle (1 - 2 L)
  • River crossing shoes (old sneakers or neoprene shoes) 

If you choose pick-up from Reykjavik (2.000 ISK):

  • Pick up from our selected locations in Reykjavik starts at 8:30 a.m.

If you choose to meet us on location:

What our customers are saying about this tour

"Glymur waterfall"


My husband and I are not hikers by any means but this trip was the highlight of our stay in Iceland! The guide was amazing and kept a good pace while making sure we weren't left too far behind, he was also very friendly! Thanks 'tater'! Also the best views I have ever seen! The sun was out for our entire hike, it was awesome.

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"Half Day Glymur Hike - FANTASTIC!"


My 17 year old son and I went on this hike during the first week of August and just LOVED it! I am 53 and took my hiking poles and am VERY glad that I did! Some parts of the hike are quite steep and there are ropes you can use to help you up. It was challenging for me however my son took it all in stride. ha ha ha. Not long into the beginning of our hike, we had to remove socks and shoes to cross a small creek. Those with hiking shoes didn't have to remove them. We held on to a rope to cross ove...

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