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“You must be healthy to hike to this waterfall”
Review of Glymur

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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed August 12, 2014

We had a rental car and used GPS to find the parking lot. Parking space is limited but you can park off the side of the road. The pavement ends a short distance from the parking lot and the road has lots of deep potholes.
Once parked expect a hike of at least 2.5 miles just to get a view of the falls. The trail includes some very steep terrain some of which includes using a rope to pull yourself up (or let yourself down) the hills. Also there is a water crossing using a wooden log (power pole size) and a cable hand rail for balance.
Some of the terrain is very steep with some shear cliffs.
The trail also includes going through a rocky cave.
Overall the hike is enjoyable if you enjoy such a thing. One of our group decided to call it quits at the water crossing and never saw the falls.
If you have any walking or mobility problems DON'T ATTEMPT THIS.
Go to Gullfoss Waterfall instead. It is a very easy walk and it too is beautiful.

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Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

This is a short but somewhat challenging hike through beautiful scenery to a spectacular waterfall. Awesome. The drive there from Reykjavik is lovely too. This can be done as a day trip from there.

3  Thank Charles F
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

Glymur is, by far, one of the most amazing places I have ever visited. ( I even just took a deep breath after a wrote that ). Its beauty is surreal. I spent most of the time sort of with my mouth open, until one of those silly little flies flew in. ( They are tasteless, but really, we brought snacks, so I started being more mindful of not doing that anymore.) The path is off of the main road ( 47 , heading north out of Reykjavik, southeast out of Akranes, bypassing the tunnel under Hvalfjordur ) , but there is a little gas station that seems to be where everyone stops to ask if they are at the right place. The path is gravel and dirt, maybe 1/2 km through beautiful clumps of scrub brush and wildflowers. I recommend a 4x4 vehicle, even though we didn't use one. We had PERFECT conditions, so just I add this just to be prepared. I wouldn't skip it. SO, the hiking path has a little parking area, a map and a plain little gate at the front. It is approximately 3 km up and back and will probably take you at least 2 hours. I would budget 3 though, just to be on the safe side. The path is marked with yellow spots on rocks periodically placed along the way. That is, before you come to the stream, that is. You have to negotiate a little down a hill, which can be done using the wooden staked steps or another more meandering path through some heavier brush. We chose heavier brush on the way down, and staked steps on the way back. Once down, you are in a little canyon of sorts, with a beautiful rushing stream ( or maybe you would say a small river). This is where I would stop if I had small children or anyone in the group with any climbing limitations. It is a lovely area to sit and have a picnic and enjoy the view and the stream....
If you decide to go on, there is a stout metal cable and a wooden log that will take you across the water, but you will have to step on rocks in the stream for the first few steps, so your shoes WILL get wet. and you will have to have at least moderately good balance. Don't carry a heavy bag, but I recommend one big enough to carry layers to peel off and put on. We got hot in the ensuing climb. I would say that this way is for advanced hikers, as there are parts where footing is unsure and you have to use ropes secured with metal rods driven into the rock to make your way up. There are also stretches where huge rocks seem loosely piled ( okay , they ARE loosely piled ) and you have to go slow. All along the way, you get closer to the falls, and smell the sweet scent of the spray. It is pretty amazing. There is a stick, yes, I said "stick" at the top of the first hill, and this seems to be an Icelandic way of communicating that this is a good place to stop and take a picture, or in this case, also , where the path has two routes to choose from. The first time , we chose the way to the right. The second time, the way to the left. To the right, you will find more big loose rocks and a path with turf growing in between them. The left takes you through tiny little waterfalls in the making, streaming down the side of the mountain and pooling, then streaming some more. The path here was faster, but also, harder. There is a bit of clinging to the side of the mountain here if you are me, but for pros, I am sure it is little more than slightly challenging. If you make a mistake, the drop is sheer, I kept observing. Once you reach the top, you realize that you can see the full falls, the birds that nest all around them , as well as a stunning vista of the little valley behind you. We elected to not to climb any further up, as it was nearly 10 at night ( although the sun was still fully up) and I was getting really hungry/cranky after a very long day. The irony of this is that the path seem to be much easier once you make it to this point. Had I known what I was going into, I might have packed a decent dinner for two and gone on to the path that takes you to the very top, where you can view Glymur in all its glory.
Equipment: hiking shoes with decent tread, and backpack for storing extra layers, I suggest gym clothes for maximum comfort and flexibility. A bottle for water. First aid kit if you fall down a little and have to be dramatic about it ( like me).
Pros: Magical area, even if you don't cross the river and continue on to the falls. There is also at least one really cool cave that you pass through if you take the wooden stake path.
Cons: Not everyone will be able to do the climb, but everyone may not want to anyway :-)

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