Hike Iceland's Tallest Waterfall: Glymur

Glymur Trailhead

Distance: 7.5 km roundtrip. Elevation: 245m. Duration: 3 hours. Biggest waterfall in Iceland (196m). Tunnels and caves.

This amazing waterfall empties into a giant, beautiful canyon and with such a short hike, the reward is well worth the time. There are several caves to walk through and smaller waterfalls along the hike, which are all equally awesome to shoot. This is a great spot to hit up on your drive around the Western Peninsula or on your way back. It's also near the Golden Circle, a popular driving loop that hits several waterfalls and geisers that is definitely worth checking out.

To get to Glymur, drive northwest on Hwy 1 out of Reykjavik for 31 km then make a slight right onto Hwy 73. Drive another 30km and look for the parking lot on the side of the road. From the parking lot, follow the obvious trail away from the road. It is pretty straight forward all the way to the falls but keep track of signs, cairns, and yellow painted stones as there are some off shoot trails that will lead you astray.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothes
  • Gloves
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Groups
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall

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Amazing views

This was a great hike - did it with a group of people who don’t hike often and it was very doable. Make sure to have good waterproof hiking boots and a good jacket.

Check that aerial Glymur video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD_9add-zfI

Sweet

It was awesome and a real adventure. Pack rain pants if a storm is coming through. Make sure your boots are super waterproof. Lots of streams.


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