Hvalfjörður hiking trip: The final stretch and consequences

Glymur

You can, if you wish, turn back from the viewing point (see yesterday’s post), or you can go on and close the circle. This entails wading the river to get to the other bank. Some had the foresight to bring Crocks for wading. I did it in my bare feet. The way back is not as steep, but the trail winds through thick shrubbery in which encroaching roots and branches can cause injury if you aren’t careful. Click to enlarge the image.

 

Torn hiking shoe

This hike finished off my hiking boots. I’ll have the winter to break in a new pair before my next mountain hike.

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Hvalfjörður hiking trip: The goal

Glymur

Glymur (“The Ringing One”) was, until quite recently, Iceland’s highest waterfall at 198 meters. With the receding of the glaciers another, higher waterfall, has been discovered in the river Morsá, but its height of 228 meters needs to be confirmed before Glymur officially loses the title.

Glymur

Glymur and part of the canyon wall. This is not the place for you if are scared of heights or if you have height-induced vertigo. Click to enlarge the image.

Hvalfjörður hiking trip: The cave

Glymur

The trail goes through a cave. It has three entrances and must have been made by running water. Click to enlarge either image.

Glymur

There is the destination up ahead: the canyon cut into the mountain by the river Botnsá. Our destination, the waterfall Glymur, tumbles down inside the canyon.To see the entire waterfall you either need to follow the river up into the canyon, or hike along the eastern edge of the canyon until you reach the viewing spot.