Glymur Waterfall Hike


Hike to Iceland’s second-tallest waterfall with a fun and friendly local guide. Available with pickup from Reykjavík or as an addition to your self-drive adventure. 

If you are looking for something a bit more active that also offers amazing views and natural beauty this hiking tour to Glymur Waterfall in the scenic fjord of Hvalfjörður is an ideal addition to your Iceland itinerary.

This tour is available with pickup from Reykjavík or you can meet the guide on location if it suits you better.


About this tour

You can choose to be picked up from Reykjavík or meet the tour on location in Hvalfjörður. The drive from Reykjavik takes about 30 minutes and on the way you can enjoy the beautiful landscape Hvalfjörður offers. The hike starts at the bottom of the fjord where the valley Botnsdalur begins. There, Glymur, the second-highest waterfall of Iceland is hidden, which is 198 meters tall. Not only is Glymur waterfall majestical with its grandeur and beautiful surroundings, but the hike to it is without doubt worth your while. The path takes you through a small cave, next to the vibrant river, birch forest and lava field. A beautiful and fun hike that is also not too difficult, guided by expert hiking guides.

Pick up

If you added pick up in your booking the pick up starts at 08:30 am from your hotel in Reykjavik. Please note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

If you are joining the tour on location, you will meet the group at the Glymur parking lot. Please make sure to be ready at 9:45 am at Glymur parking lot.

What to wear

This is an outdoor activity, in Iceland, so dress according to the weather and don’t forget that the weather can change quickly in Iceland, even if it’s summer. Hiking shoes are strongly recommended and a rain coat and rain jacket are necessary if there’s a chance of rain. If you are not bringing hiking shoes or rain gear to Iceland, you can also rent these from our partner when you book the tour (renting not available on location).

The Fine Print


  • Cancellation received more than 48 hours prior to departure: 90% refund.
  • Cancellation received less than 48 hours prior to departure will be charged full price.

A minimum of 48 hours’ notice of cancellation is required for a 90% refund. If cancellation is made after these time limits pass no refund is given. 10% of the price of your trip is non-refundable, this percentage reflects the cost of booking and preparing your trip.

See here our full terms and conditions.




Suitable for most people in fair condition. You have to be able to walk on uneven surface and hike for at least 2 – 3 hours at a slow pace, with breaks. Trails are generally of good quality and glacier travel at a relatively low angle.


Suitable for those in good condition who are able to walk for about 4 hours at a low or moderate pace. Trails are generally of good quality and glacier travel at a relatively low angle.


For someone in good hiking condition and with experience of hiking. Trails generally in fair conditions but some parts of the tour might be off track. Glacier/snow travel can be on uneven ground with challenging sections. Increased distance. We recommend guests have the ability to cover 12km a day on rugged trails and snow.


For someone in very good hiking condition. Trails generally in fair conditions but large sections of the tour might be off track. Glacier/snow travel on uneven ground with some challenging sections.
Increased distance. We recommend guests have the ability to cover 20km a day on uneven trails and snow. A significant increase in elevation and some technical difficulty should be expected.

Partner Tours

This tour is a Partner Tour

What this means is that this tour is not operated by I Heart Reykjavík but one of our trusted partners that we have carefully chosen to help you get the most of your stay in Iceland.

We are very selective with the companies we choose to work with because we want you to have the best experience possible during your Iceland adventure. We would never recommend anything to you that we wouldn’t recommend to our own family and friends.

Comments from previous guests

“Glymur foss hiking trip”

A challenging hike for me. But, I was able to complete it with the help of the guides. Highly recommend this hike if you have a spare day and want to experience the wilderness up close. Tip: hiking shoes are a must. Lots of flies, harmless but annoying. Don't try this by yourself if you aren't an experienced hiker or have a fear of heights etc. Dress in layers. You will get hot once you start climbing. Totally worth it.
videshi G
“Glymur hike”

Went on the Glymur hike with Nick Reeves was amazing. Blue skies, caves, canyons, river wading and amazing pictures and scenery everywhere. Not to busy I would definitely do it again.
Gary R
“Amazing adventures!”

We did a couple of hikes while in Iceland. The first was the Thorsmork volcano hike which was pretty epic. Amazing scenery! You definitely need to be fit to do this one and there are a couple of trickier bits, but we absolutely loved it. Our guide was great - really helpful and knowledgeable. The weather can change on a minute by minute basis, so make sure you have plenty of layers and waterproofs. There's also a pretty exciting 4x4 journey to get there! The second hike was the Glymur waterfall hike - short and sweet. Fantastic scenery and wildlife. It's quite steep, but short, so not too challenging. Again our guide was brilliant - super knowledgeable and friendly. Everything was really well organised and I would definitely recommend these tours.
Manchester, United Kingdom

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