Glymur Waterfall, Iceland's second largest waterfall is hidden away in the eastern deepest point of Hvalfjörurur (The Whale Fjord). It reaches a staggering height of 198 and was for many years considered the highest waterfall in Iceland, until 2011 when Morsárfoss Waterfall was crowned in first place. However, do not make the mistake of thinking that losing the crown has diminished its prestige! If you have visited, for example, the more familiar Gullfoss Waterfall, take into consideration that Glymur Waterfall is five times higher!
Glymur Waterfall is part of Botnsá River and is located halfway from the source of the river at Lake Hvalvatn to the west and Hvalfjörurur, the whale fjord. Lake Hvalvatn is considered to be a relatively small lake, reaching a depth of 160 meters.
Getting to Glymur Waterfall is simple and there are road signs from the road to a short dirt track which leads to a parking lot with signs marking walking trails which lead to the waterfall.
The road leading to the west bank is a little shorter and easier, and the viewpoint of the waterfall is beautiful although not perfect, because of its length you cannot see the breaking point with the water. The west road is accessible nearly all year round, although during winter the trails may be covered with snow and therefore it is advisable to take water-resistant walking shoes.
The road to the eastern bank is more impressive, but consider that walking to the east side of the waterfall can be challenging. In one place you have to cross a narrow bridge which is actually a tree trunk hanging over the stream. There is a metal rope to support you but it is not recommended to take this trail with small children. Take good walking shoes with you.
When you reach the end of the walkway to the highest part of the waterfall, you can continue a few hundred meters along the river until you reach a particularly shallow area of the river where you can carefully cross it (while removing shoes) and return the other way.