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“the river”(85 reviews)
“great hike”(13 reviews)
“hiking shoes”(13 reviews)
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Hvalfjorour/Botnsdal, 47, Akranes 301, Iceland
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It is a very nice hike. However, stay on the main path and be ready to cross the river while carrying your shoes in your hands.

Thank Alexey S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Glymur foss was our first actual stop in Iceland. Glymur is the second-highest waterfall in Iceland that is situated at the rear end of Hvalfjörður on the river Botnsá. We spent a good couple hours hiking in the area, and it was probably the best...More

1  Thank rockon0630
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The waterfall can only be seen after a strenuous hike, going over river by balancing over a tree log. Honestly, there are so many beautiful waterfall in Iceland... and much nicer hiking trail. Even if you hike to the river you can NOT see the...More

1  Thank blissrusty
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The beautiful waterfall hike took about 3 hours round trip. An easy hike with only a few steep and slippery sections. The views are spectacular and only 45 minutes from Reykjavik. I highly recommend this hike.

Thank John H
Reviewed August 15, 2018

We read mixed reviews on the intensity of this hike, so we went into it with the idea of going as far a we could or were comfortable with. We are 3 family members ranging ages 23, 26, and 56. Two out of three of...More

3  Thank Alex F
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

The walk up to the viewing point (and top) of the waterfall was quite strenuous and I would not recommend walking up in bad weather. However, the hard work pays off with the most amazing views of the waterfall and surrounding area. Do take some...More

Thank Karin H
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

I did this hike in July and it was amazing! One of my favorite hikes in Iceland that is within a reasonable distance off the Ring road. I took my time and it took about 2.5 hrs to get to the top of the falls....More

1  Thank SarChrGol
Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

A gorgeous hike which takes about 2 to 3 hours. You need hiking boots and be prepared to get your feet wet when crossing the river. It's the most magical day out! The hike is steep on the way up, not for those scared of...More

Thank Almuth M
Reviewed August 8, 2018

One of the most scenic hikes close to Reykjavik! There are three routes leading up and around the waterfall: One is rather steep and includes two river crossings, so I would recommend it for advanced hikers; the other two are on the other side of...More

2  Thank Simone S
Reviewed July 31, 2018

I completely agree with all the others who gave this hike and waterfall five stars. Our group of 8 rated it among the absolute best of the many wonderful places we visited in Iceland. We'd done a ton of hikes and seen so many waterfalls,...More

3  Thank ellenmac
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Sue P
September 16, 2018|
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Response from jamesbandenburg | Reviewed this property |
The paths fork just before you get to the cave bit, and there’s an information board with a map on it! I really recommend crossing the river to get the full view of the falls though!
May 17, 2018|
Response from sandiablonde | Reviewed this property |
We were there at the beginning of May and it was supposed to be already across, but winter was still hanging on so they chose to delay it. I would expect that the log will be across by now but if it is still snowing there... More
Joe B
April 1, 2018|
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Response from Joop V | Reviewed this property |
Hi Joe, From the parking lot it'll take you about 1,5 hour to get there, so 3 hours forth and back. The signs are not that clear but the track is visible. Do follow the track getting up and not down to the river, for they... More