The waterfalls of Hvalfjörður

This is the third post in the Hvalfjörður – Backyard of Reykjavík series that follows a trip the boyfriend and I took to our neighbors in Hvalfjörður earlier in May.

One thing I didn’t expect when we decided to spend the weekend in Hvalfjörður was how many waterfalls we would see on the way. I don’t know why this surprised me, since I’ve driven past most of them a million times before, but I guess I was never really paying attention.

Everyone knows Glymur, Iceland’s highest waterfall, in the bottom of of the fjord that was featured in the story of the evil Rauðhöfði. Glymur is 198 meters high and there are three ways to get to it. Arnheiður in Bjarteyjasandur told us we should prepare for a 3-4 hour hike to really enjoy it’s beauty and judging from where the hike starts (in the beautiful Botnsdalur) I can only imagine how amazing it is. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to hike it this time around but we made a promise to ourselves to return this summer and conquer this king among waterfalls.

Image via Wikipedia

Image via Wikipedia

The rest of the waterfalls we saw were all much more accessible. In fact, most of them were just by the road and it only took a short walk to get really close. There’s not a lot of information available about them though, some of them should maybe be called rapids instead of waterfalls, but they were all beautiful in their own way. The best thing about them was that we had them all to ourselves, or you know, us and the birds. At one of them we just sat down and listened to the sound of the water gushing down for quite a while.  I could have sat there all day.

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Finally here are three photos unrelated to waterfalls that were taken just by them. What’s the deal with that sword? We searched everywhere for a plastic knight but no luck!

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