Glymurfoss: Iceland’s Tallest Waterfall and Best Hike

So Glymurfoss may actually be the second tallest waterfall in Iceland, BUT the tallest is actually inside a glacier, so this is the tallest waterfall you can actually hike to and see. And it is VERY tall.

Somehow, I had never heard of Glymurfoss, until approximately one hour before we started our hike.  While driving the long, and surprisingly boring stretch of the western ring road, we happened upon a blog article that mentioned the Glymurfoss hike in passing.  After a few more specific searches and reading about how much people liked the hike, we decided to go. I was not prepared for how much I actually LOVED this hike. I just thought we were going on a random hike to fill our day with something other than driving, but it turned out to be one of my favorite things I’ve ever done in Iceland.


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I will warn that this is an intense hike for sure. We happened to do it in the rain, which made it harder. But if you are in good hiking shape you will definitely find this doable.


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Highlights of this hike were:

Descending through a cave….


…. Crossing a rapidly moving ice cold river on a log (what!). We were pretty nervous about this and almost turned back, but went for it, and survived! It was kind of terrifying, but kind of fun. I had so much adrenaline running through my body while crossing the river.  My feet also went numb. It seems (and kind of is) really scary, but it’s not necessarily hard to cross.



And finally, the best part, was obviously, the most amazing view you’ve ever seen! I mean, it looks like it is straight out of Jurassic Park! Or the Justin Bieber I’ll Show You Video.

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The cavern is so deep, it’s terrifying to stand at the cliff’s edge.  It’s like a deep, narrow cut in to the earth, covered in bright green plants, and birds flying from nest to nest. It’s truly beautiful.

The hike is tough but it is worth the view 1000x over.

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