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Hvalfjorour/Botnsdal, 47, Akranes 301, Iceland
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Reviewed 30 January 2019

This hike was seriously amazing. It took some convincing to get my wife to agree to it, but we went for it and had a blast. The views the entire way are just absolutely stunning and it was a ton of fun doing river crossings...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank dr_j_now
Reviewed 13 October 2018

A great hike with lots of views on Hvalfjörður and the surrounding mountains. When hiking Glymur, it's recommended to hike up on the southern side and down on the northern. You will have to cross the river Botnsà twice. Be prepared for REALLY cold water,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank qbfly
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Just do it. Crawl through that dark cave. Cross the river on rocks and a log. Pull yourself up the side of the wet slippery mountain with ropes. All of it was totally worth it. Just don't be that guy wearing tennis shoes doing this....More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank ms971
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Glymur Falls is Iceland's tallest waterfall and an amazing hike !. We hiked it on the day we arrived to Iceland and it was a great fun ! The full circle hike is around 6.5KM that will take you to climb to the top and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Iyss
Reviewed 22 September 2018

A great hike with some really interesting bits like the mentioned river crossing. We found it very easy but exciting! One of the highlights of our Iceland trip. Some people were struggling when crossing the river or going up/down the stip hill although everyone seemed...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 22 September 2018

Get there around 9am when it's not crowded. I got there at 9, there was 6 cars in the parking lot. I left at 12pm, there was 50+ cars and people kept coming. Take the hike that goes to the right of the waterfall, you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Renan B
Reviewed 17 September 2018

It is a very nice hike. However, stay on the main path and be ready to cross the river while carrying your shoes in your hands.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 13 September 2018

Glymur foss was our first actual stop in Iceland. Glymur is the second-highest waterfall in Iceland that is situated at the rear end of Hvalfjörður on the river Botnsá. We spent a good couple hours hiking in the area, and it was probably the best...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank rockon0630
Reviewed 1 September 2018

The waterfall can only be seen after a strenuous hike, going over river by balancing over a tree log. Honestly, there are so many beautiful waterfall in Iceland... and much nicer hiking trail. Even if you hike to the river you can NOT see the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank blissrusty
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

The beautiful waterfall hike took about 3 hours round trip. An easy hike with only a few steep and slippery sections. The views are spectacular and only 45 minutes from Reykjavik. I highly recommend this hike.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from qbfly | Reviewed this property |
No fee for either parking or the hike in September 2018
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16 September 2018|
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Response from Iyss | Reviewed this property |
It's a lot of fun and very easy to cross the river - do not avoid it - See my attched pix's how it's easy & fun The north trail is used for returning IMO the most stunning views are from the south trail! Also, if you short... More
17 May 2018|
Response from sandiablonde | Reviewed this property |
We were there at the beginning of May and it was supposed to be already across, but winter was still hanging on so they chose to delay it. I would expect that the log will be across by now but if it is still snowing there... More