Glymur Waterfall, Reykjavik, Iceland (with Map & Photos)

As the title of this article says, the Glymur waterfall was the highest waterfall in Iceland until Morsárfoss (2007), a 227 meter waterfall located in a remote area of the Vatnajökull National Park, was found. Despite losing such privilege, the Glymur waterfall is located near Reykjavik and has a good hiking trail that we can do in a single morning.

Glymur Waterfall
Glymur Waterfall

We are facing a rainy day like so many others in a June in Iceland. To be exact it was our penultimate day in the country and we wanted to say goodbye by doing a hiking trail not far from Reykjavik, given that we would spend the night in a hostel in the city.

Glymur Waterfall
Glymur Waterfall

Glymur was a good choice, although if we compare it with the rest of the waterfalls in Iceland, it is not that it was the most spectacular. However, being one of the highest, it deserved a visit and, incidentally, spend a little on the already worn boots.

The beginning of the route to the Glymur waterfall started at the end of a dirt track that came out right at the end of the Hvalf fjord. The well-marked track ended in a parking lot where around 30 vehicles can enter. From there a well marked path would take us to Glymur.

Initially the path is downhill until we reach a cave that will help us to avoid a rocky pass and where we could shelter from the prevailing rain. After 15 minutes we resumed the path and reached a point where we had to cross a fairly swollen river and where only a steel cable would prevent us from falling into the water.

Glymur Waterfall
Glymur Waterfall

From this point we will begin to see the Glymur waterfall in the distance. That was the good part because the bad part had only just begun. Some very slippery steep climbs, emphasized by the rain that was beginning to fall again blocked our rapid ascent. At many points the unevenness was such that additional steel cables had been laid.

We crossed a stream that emptied into the river below and it was also running wild. In fact, it formed a small queue of walkers since there were not many steps to cross it. Despite this setback, the bad one had ended and the Glymur waterfall was within reach of our hands.

Only 800 meters separated us from it to the main viewpoint. A point where some care must be taken since there are no great security measures. Also the views are not too spectacular due to the fact that Glymur is too enclosed within the canyon.

Glymur Waterfall
Glymur Waterfall

As of waterfalls we were almost up to our cap in Iceland and we had already seen great wonders, the Glymur waterfall was somewhat disappointing. Something that we personally could have skipped if we had known earlier.

How to get to Glymur


There is no public transport to get there so if you do not want to hire a tour, the option is the rental car. The main means of transportation in the country if we want to see the most remote places.

Glymur Waterfall Map