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Adventure Hike in Iceland to Get a Glimpse of Glymur Waterfall
It was an adventurous trek, to say the least, in wintertime through snow and wind, crossing an icy river hand-over-hand on a cable wire … but it was worth it to reach a view of one of the highest waterfalls (some say *the* highest) in Iceland: Glymur waterfall. The falls seclude themselves away at the end of a narrow box canyon. But all along the canyon en route to the falls, the sheer rock cliff face leaks water as if it’s crying. In winter, these giant tears harden into white ice, so the rock looks like it’s decorated with frosting. Deep snow drifts and frozen ponds, and a wind bent on blowing us off the hillside, made for a difficult climb. Not only were we rewarded with the high waterfall, however, but also with a view the other direction across the landscape extending all the way to the ocean. If crossing the cable wire is not your cup of tea, you can climb up the other side of the canyon without crossing the river, though you won’t be able to look directly at the falls from that side. If you want to cross on the wire, make sure you know your capabilities … it takes a bit of strength in your hands and arms! It's about a 2 hour drive from Reykjavik to begin this glorious hike to Glymur.
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