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Glymur Tours

Glymur
Iceland’s second-highest waterfall has a drop of 198 m (650 ft) and is located in the Botnsdalur Valley near Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord) northeast of Reykjavik. Fed by the deep lake of Hvalvatn, the crystal-clear waters of the Botnsá River flow xx and its spindly cascade flings itself over sheer rock to form a deep, narrow canyon covered in mosses and best seen from the southeast side of the river. There is parking space at the end of the road (leave it at junction 47) and a challenging dirt track leads to a dramatic viewing point in the canyon over rough ground and via a spectacular rock arch. Round-trip hikes to the waterfall at Glymur take around three hours and are often combined with visits to Þingvellir National Park to see the source of Iceland’s geothermal activity as the Eurasian and American tectonic plates grind together as they slowly pull apart.

For many years it was believed that Glymur was the highest waterfall in Iceland but the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 caused ice melt and subsequently revealed a higher – but very inaccessible – fall coming off the Vatnajökull glacier, which has a drop of over 200 m (656 ft).

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Hvalfjörður/Botnsdal 47, 301 Akranes. Hiking boots are recommended. A 90-minute drive from Reykjavik. 
Address: Hvalfjörður/Botnsdal, 47, Akranes, Iceland
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Fire and Ice Helicopter Tour from Reykjavik

Fire and Ice Helicopter Tour from Reykjavik

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Soar above Iceland’s snowy glaciers and active volcanic terrain on an exciting helicopter tour from Reykjavík. Fly past the country’s highest waterfall on your way to touch down on a scenic glacier, and capture stunning images of the frozen terrain. Explore Thingvellir National Park’s raw plate tectonics from the air, then land at Hengill geothermal area where boiling mud and steaming springs are hidden in a remote, roadless valley. Enjoy the trip back towards the coast with sweeping lines of sight from the helicopter’s viewing windows.
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  • 1 hour 50 minutes to 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$1 327,66
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Glymur waterfall hike & geothermal bakery & Krauma bath

Glymur waterfall hike & geothermal bakery & Krauma bath

Hike up to Icelands second highest waterfall. The hike up there is one of the most beautiful trails in Iceland. Hike through small cave. Cross a river barefooted and enjoy Icelands untouched nature with a local guide. Iceland has so many waterfalls, but this one is one of the locals favourite one. It is not that long ago that Icelanders discovered this waterfall. Bathe in Icelandic hot spring and visit a horse farm where they bake bread in the ground using geothermal heat. This is a small group tour so you get to enjoy the day more.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$181,71
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Private G tour by jeep

Private G tour by jeep

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Take your faith in your own hands. Use G spot Iceland guides experience and create exciting tour that suits you most. You can choose from wide range of options: adventure, adventure or adventure…. Despite your choice we would be looking for an adventure ! Hikes, 4x4 off roading, caving, fishing, bathing in hot springs, troll & elves hunt expeditions - it's up to you. Trip will be personalised and configured according to your interests, expectations, fit and experience. You'll decide on the final plan and considering many different factors including weather we will do our best to make it happen. This way you will get chance to explore Iceland the way you want in comfortable conditions with knowledgeable G spot guide that would tell you all about places of visit as well as about Iceland itself. Just choose from places we have listed, your own or contact us for tailored offer. And remember Iceland is beautiful as much as dangerous that said our priority will always be your safety.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$1 108,51
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Glacier landing

Glacier landing

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Enjoy aerial views of Reykjavik’s top attractions such as Hallgrímskirkja church, Harpa concert hall and the famous Videy Island, the location of the Imagine Peace Tower, which is a "Tower of Light" envisioned and built by Yoko Ono, widow of Beatle John Lennon. Touchdown at Langjokull glacier. Fly over Thingvellir National Park and see the European and American continents which are slowly drifting apart from each other. Touchdown at the very active geothermal area Hengill. Bubbling pools and beautiful colors that make a perfect photo. Maximum group size of 6 guests.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$975,68
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