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Hvalfjörður/Botnsdal, 47, Akranes 301 Iceland

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PeterBarras
Menai, Australia742 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
Loved this walk. Admitedly we had a brilliant day weather wise which helped a lot

Walk was moderately challenging bt nothing that taking a bit of time couldn't overcome.

Views were spectacular
Written 18 July 2022
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Cubicinches
Los Angeles, CA187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021
I hiked the loop counterclockwise, which is the recommended way. My Apple watch says it took me 2.5 hrs to do the 4.8 miles. You need to cross the river via a log early on. I had been fearing it but found it easy and worry-free. After that you climb up a lot and, although you’re near cliffs, it never felt risky to me. You can get great views of the waterfall even if, like me, you don’t get closer than 5-6 feet to an edge. If you decide to do the loop, then you’ll need to cross the river above the falls. The worst part was that the water was so cold that my feet physically hurt. Hiking poles can help for crossing by adding stability.
Written 6 August 2021
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jockette22
Utah68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
The hike is hard, but WORTH IT. You hike to the starting point. There is an information board with a cool story on it. There is also a rock fin you can walk out on to look around. The actual hike starts by going down the hill right next to/behind the info board. That took us a few minutes to figure out. You walk through the cave tunnel to the river. The river crossing has a few big rocks that get you about halfway across. Those are partially submerged. My boots are waterproof and so were my pants, so I had no issues. There is a cable running across the entire river. Once you cross the rocks there is a log to get you the rest of the way over. It is secured there. Once you cross, it is a very steep hike up the mountain. There are parts with very rocky terrain. Once you get to the viewpoint, there is the option to continue to the top. Do it! At the top, the view of the falls and the surrounding area were breathtaking. 100% worth it. We had read that you could cross the river at the top, to come down on the other side. So we did. That was less fun. There is no designated good place to do that. The river current is fairly strong and the rocks are very slippery. The depth was mainly calf high, but at one point almost to our knees. The hike down the other side was super boring and tough on your knees. It was a lot of walking on baseball size rocks, the kind that try to turn your ankle. We wished we would have gone back the way we came.
Written 4 October 2021
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Beth A
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Family
This was the coolest hike I've ever done. The views are incredible and well worth the steepness of the uphill parts. It took us about three and a half hours, so plan accordingly with water and snacks. We did the hike counter-clockwise, which is what most of the guides recommended. It was the correct move, I think- the views were better, and the parts of the trail that we did uphill would have been unpleasant to descend (and vice versa) had we hiked the trail clockwise. Also, and I cannot stress this enough, bring water shoes AND waterproof hiking shoes. There are multiple points where you'll need to cross small streams, and waterproof shoes are a must. Also, there are two points where you need to cross a river. You can do it barefoot, but it's unpleasant- the rocks are hard and slippery, and the water is really cold. Bringing water shoes and a small towel adds a bit of extra weight in your backpack with a big benefit. There are ropes in sections, but they're more for extra help if you need it; it's not like you're rappelling up or down a cliff. Not a great hike for people afraid of heights, but definitely worth pushing yourself for.
Written 19 June 2023
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Hgtravl
Marlton, NJ2,848 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The most difficult but rewarding hike of our Iceland trip! It took about just under 4 hours to do the entire hike. When we parked we followed the signs pointing to Glymur and started the hike! It took us the way where you go thru a cave and cross a water with a log with ropes. The hike is hard and you are in the wilderness with lots of steep climbing but it is worth it. When you finally get to the waterfall, it’s mind blowing how high up you are. You cannot even see the bottom. Out of this world views. Once you are at the top, you have the choice to go back down the way you came up, or cross a swallow river at the top. We chose to cross the River and go down the other way. That way down was steep and rocky. Glad we went up the other way.

Tips:
Wear good solid hiking boots and hiking clothes.
Pack water and snacks. We ate lunch when we got to the top as we were tired.
Prepare for this being a long hike timing wise. This is no quick and easy hike.

We are so glad we did this hike. It’s hard but the views you get it out of this world and really makes you realize how beautiful Icelands nature is!
Written 7 September 2023
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K B
Longmont, CO12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Family
Second time doing this hike and remains an all time favorite! Was a spontaneous layover trip so we didn’t have the best gear but did fine in regular tennis shoes and roughed the river crossings barefoot. Painful but so worth it! The log crossing looks more intimidating than it is once you’re on it, don’t turn around as we saw several groups do!
Written 21 June 2023
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Angela S
Houston, TX141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2014 • Couples
Glymur is, by far, one of the most amazing places I have ever visited. ( I even just took a deep breath after a wrote that ). Its beauty is surreal. I spent most of the time sort of with my mouth open, until one of those silly little flies flew in. ( They are tasteless, but really, we brought snacks, so I started being more mindful of not doing that anymore.) The path is off of the main road ( 47 , heading north out of Reykjavik, southeast out of Akranes, bypassing the tunnel under Hvalfjordur ) , but there is a little gas station that seems to be where everyone stops to ask if they are at the right place. The path is gravel and dirt, maybe 1/2 km through beautiful clumps of scrub brush and wildflowers. I recommend a 4x4 vehicle, even though we didn't use one. We had PERFECT conditions, so just I add this just to be prepared. I wouldn't skip it. SO, the hiking path has a little parking area, a map and a plain little gate at the front. It is approximately 3 km up and back and will probably take you at least 2 hours. I would budget 3 though, just to be on the safe side. The path is marked with yellow spots on rocks periodically placed along the way. That is, before you come to the stream, that is. You have to negotiate a little down a hill, which can be done using the wooden staked steps or another more meandering path through some heavier brush. We chose heavier brush on the way down, and staked steps on the way back. Once down, you are in a little canyon of sorts, with a beautiful rushing stream ( or maybe you would say a small river). This is where I would stop if I had small children or anyone in the group with any climbing limitations. It is a lovely area to sit and have a picnic and enjoy the view and the stream....
If you decide to go on, there is a stout metal cable and a wooden log that will take you across the water, but you will have to step on rocks in the stream for the first few steps, so your shoes WILL get wet. and you will have to have at least moderately good balance. Don't carry a heavy bag, but I recommend one big enough to carry layers to peel off and put on. We got hot in the ensuing climb. I would say that this way is for advanced hikers, as there are parts where footing is unsure and you have to use ropes secured with metal rods driven into the rock to make your way up. There are also stretches where huge rocks seem loosely piled ( okay , they ARE loosely piled ) and you have to go slow. All along the way, you get closer to the falls, and smell the sweet scent of the spray. It is pretty amazing. There is a stick, yes, I said "stick" at the top of the first hill, and this seems to be an Icelandic way of communicating that this is a good place to stop and take a picture, or in this case, also , where the path has two routes to choose from. The first time , we chose the way to the right. The second time, the way to the left. To the right, you will find more big loose rocks and a path with turf growing in between them. The left takes you through tiny little waterfalls in the making, streaming down the side of the mountain and pooling, then streaming some more. The path here was faster, but also, harder. There is a bit of clinging to the side of the mountain here if you are me, but for pros, I am sure it is little more than slightly challenging. If you make a mistake, the drop is sheer, I kept observing. Once you reach the top, you realize that you can see the full falls, the birds that nest all around them , as well as a stunning vista of the little valley behind you. We elected to not to climb any further up, as it was nearly 10 at night ( although the sun was still fully up) and I was getting really hungry/cranky after a very long day. The irony of this is that the path seem to be much easier once you make it to this point. Had I known what I was going into, I might have packed a decent dinner for two and gone on to the path that takes you to the very top, where you can view Glymur in all its glory.
Equipment: hiking shoes with decent tread, and backpack for storing extra layers, I suggest gym clothes for maximum comfort and flexibility. A bottle for water. First aid kit if you fall down a little and have to be dramatic about it ( like me).
Pros: Magical area, even if you don't cross the river and continue on to the falls. There is also at least one really cool cave that you pass through if you take the wooden stake path.
Cons: Not everyone will be able to do the climb, but everyone may not want to anyway :-)
Written 26 June 2014
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The Wandering Chris
Columbus, GA111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2017 • Solo
Glymur is an absolute must see while in Iceland especially if you enjoy a good hike. Due to the hike to see Glymur you also do not see the massive amounts of tourist that you see at many other locations. It is an enjoyable 2ish mile hike up to Glymur to see it.
The hike begins from the parking lot. You will follow a beautiful path for maybe a kilometer before reaching the river that flows out of Glymur. From there you will see a small cave you walk down through to get to the base of the river. Here you must cross the river (photo of river crossing in my attached pictures) it has a steel cable stretched across the river to hold onto so that you do not slip. From there it becomes I fun trek battling the trail that follows the incline against the cliffs until you can finally begin to see far enough into the crack to see Glymur.

I look forward to going back on future trips.
Written 10 March 2018
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Jule L
19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Couples
I am afraid of hight, but Esjan was fun! So we decided to visit Glymur and we took path on the right side, when you pasing cave and than river. Maybe for 40 min it was really beautiful, but next began route when you have to hold a line. Than when you're on the top you need to go down where there's no rope any more. So it was really really scary! For those people who are afraid of hight or are going with the kids (and it was a lot of kids there) take a road on left side. It's just nobody writes review about how dangerous this hiking can be, reviews only about how beautiful it is. Yes it's beautiful, but not for everyone! Especially wright side. Good luck. Hope I saved nervous system for some of you guys!
Written 18 June 2019
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pragmatist1
west hartford, CT304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2017 • Couples
The drive up the fjord is beautiful, and it only gets better as you go up and up the trail. You need good hiking shoes. Water shoes for crossing the stream up above the falls would have been great. Don't believe anyone who says this hike is easy. It's incredibly gorgeous, but I felt as if death my hiking companion some of the way - it would be that easy to slip and fall here. Some of the way there are ropes to hang onto to help steady yourself. I am so glad to have done this hike - and I don't think I could ever do it again!
Written 2 October 2017
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