Glymur Waterfall

An impressive and challenging ascent to one of the best waterfalls in the west!

Glymur Waterfall

The mighty Glymur waterfall is the second highest waterfall in the country at 198m! It drops impressively into a narrow gorge filled with mosses, steep rocks and often lots of birds. The hike starts only about 45 minutes drive outside of Reykjavík. Relatively near to the start, there is a log that needs to be crossed so you can access the hike on the east side, from which you can actually see the falls. It's quite an advanced hike that will involve some scrambling and steep passages, so good shoes are key!

The views into the "whale fjord" out west are spectacular and change with every meter you gain. At the top, you can decide to descend the same way, or cross the river again by foot - somewhat challenging in cold water and a slippery river bed. The descend on the west side is a bit stony and also asks you to tread carefully.

Close to the waterfall, there is no tourist infrastructure, the next town is Akranes about 20km away.

hike

type

3-4 h

duration

6 km

distance

4/5

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Details

duration

3-4 h

distance

6 km

difficulty

4/5 - Challenging ascents with some scrambling and steep sections. Two river crossing, partially unmarked descent.

tourist density

moderate

Nearby

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Toilets

Hotel Glymur, Skólasetursvegur 5010, Island

Supermarkets

Bónus, Smiðjuvellir 32, 300 Akranes, Iceland

Supermarkets

Krónan, Dalbraut 1, Akranes, Iceland

Hotels and camp grounds

Hotel Glymur, Skólasetursvegur 5010, Island

Location

(Nearest) address

Engihalli 9, Engihjalli, Kópavogur, Iceland

Accessiblity

Near a paved road, driving on gravel road for 2 km.

GPS Coordinates

64.383056, -21.265417

Distance to Reykjavík

Reykjavík is 71 km away. It takes about 70 minutes (or 1.2 hours) to drive by car.

Distance to nearest town

Akranes is the nearest city at 43 km distance. It takes about 40 minutes (or 0.7 hours) to drive by car.

Parking

Summary

Large gravel parking spot, the route starts at the lot. No other infrastructure in place!

Way to start of hike

hike on gravel path

GPS Coordinates

64.385111, -21.293278

Google Maps Plus Code

99PW9PP4+2M

Capacity

around 100

Security

none

Alternative

none

Costs

free

Tips for visiting

Recommended Car Type

the last part of the road is a gravel road, but it's accessible to a normal car, no 4x4-drive needed

Don't miss

Crossing the river at the top of the hike - but be aware of the slippery and sharp rocks.

Recommended Equipment

Towel, rubber shoes for the river crossing, hiking poles

Photo Opportunities

Plenty along the way, especially westwards over the Hvalfjorður

Do's and don't

Look out for the weather, the river might not be passable after strong rains. Stay on the paths, take enough to drink and eat, don't leave trash behind.

Things to watch out for

Complicated crossing over a river on a big log at the bottom. Complicated crossing of river behind the waterfall without any guidance! Paths might be steep and slippery on gravel.

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