A Must-Do Waterfall Hike in Glymur, Iceland

Known as the highest waterfall in Iceland, we didn’t really know what to expect – all the other waterfalls so far could be seen from the parking lot, but Glymur was no where in sight and the parking lot was, just that.

glymur iceland

Clear skies slowly turned into a snow storm. The hike actually starts on relatively flat land – it’s actually the top of one of the plateau’s (of many) that stack up to the top of Glymur. Following vaguely marked signs, we climbed down to get to the other side. It started snowing right when we got to the bottom. The photo below is at the bottom of the canyon, and we were supposed to cross the raaaging river to get to the other side. There was a sign that pointed across the river, with a chain wrapped around 2 giant boulders at either side of the river. There was no way we were going to cross it, so we just scaled the side of the canyon we already were on.

glymur iceland

glymur iceland

The storm got so intense, it made the climb really difficult. The route we were taking wasn’t a trail either, so we were climbing on loose rocks that were starting to get icy. Just when we were going to call it a day and head back before we got up too high, the snow suddenly stopped, and we were back to blue skies!

glymur iceland

glymur iceland

glymur iceland

The photo above is at the top of the second plateau we climbed up onto. The hike took about 1.5 hours one way, if I subtract all the photo taking, a solid hour would have taken us up to this view. It wasn’t the view of Glymur everyone else gets, but it was definitely worth while.


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