Glymur Falls is Iceland’s second tallest waterfall, but arguably one of the most beautiful. Not viewable from the road, it involves a little hiking to view, but it is completely worth it. Hikers can ascend alongside the stunning canyon walls with incredible viewing angles, and even cross the river above the falls for more unique views. Below you’ll find all of the details you need to enjoy the stunning beauty of these falls.
Distance: 4.6 Miles Round Trip (7.40 Km)
Waterfall Length: 198 Meters (650 feet)
Elevation Gain: 363 Meters (1,191 feet)
Hiking to Glymur falls can be done a few different ways. The best and fullest experience would be to do a loop, ascending the south side of the gorge, and descending from the north side. Hikers can choose to move out and back, or not ascend all the way to the top of the waterfall before turning back. Gorgeous views of the waterfall begin around 1.5 miles into the hike.
The below map highlights the most common loop to take to see the falls from just about all angles. There are well traveled paths other than the two highlighted, including one on the north side of the river (yellow) that comes closer to the gorge area. This is a well traveled trail, so it won’t be difficult to stay on it, and you will likely see other hikers.
Though hiking to the falls can be done year round, it should be avoided in winter or icy weather if you are an inexperienced hiker, or do not have the proper traction equipment. The trail gets quite steep, and is frequently covered in ice, making microspikes essential.
Here are directions to the parking lot to hike to the falls. The parking lot is pretty large, as you can see by the map, but this is a busy hike during nice weather.
Trail Description With Pictures
The trail begins to relatively flat all the way until the river crossing which features a cable to assist hikers, as well as a little bit of a log walk.
Once crossing the river, you begin ascending relatively quickly with the river on your left.
It does not take long before hikers get some incredible viewpoints of the falls. You can see the trail ahead with other viewpoints, and likely other hikers ascending.
Once hikers reach the top of the falls, they can choose to either head back down the same path, or find a safe place to cross the river above the falls. It may require you to take off your boots to do so!
Hikers can descend from the other side of the falls, finding even more unique vantage points of the falls and the trail heading back to the parking lot.
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