We will pick you up in Reykjavik and drive towards Hvalfjordur. This isolated fjord is one of Icelands deepest and during the WW2 it played an important role in the Allied effort as a depot and shelter for convoys heading east.
Having lost it’s place as a busy thoroughfare on road nr. 1 Hvalfjordur is now quiet and looks deserted. We drive to a cove at the bottom of the fjord and turn onto a gravel road before stopping in an isolated valley where our hike begins.
We walk through fields of planted forest and lupine to the gorge of Botnsá river. We go through a cave to reach the bottom of the gorge where we have to cross the river on a log which could test our nerves and sense of balance to the limit.
Once across the river we follow a path that winds upwards along the rim of the canyon crossing gorges and brooks on the way until we reach a certain ledge which is the only place where it is possible to see the whole waterfall.
Glymur waterfall is 198 meters high. The water cascades and spreads out before plunging into the mossy green abyss. An excellent place for photos and a nice rest and opening the lunch box.
After that we hike on further upwards and closer to the waterfall until we reach the level heath above the waterfall. There the Botnsa river runs smooth and wide on a rock solid bottom. This is where we sit down, take of our hiking boots, put on our sandals and wade across the river under the supervision of our trusty guide. The water may be cold but it is only 20-25 cm deep.
Once across the river, having dried our numb toes and put the hiking boots back on, we head back down on the opposite side of the river seeing this natural wonder from a new perspective.