Glymur Falls is Iceland’s highest waterfall and it’s also one of the most scenic in the country. The cascade of about 200 meters above your head has long been considered the highest waterfall in Iceland.
Before being beaten by Morsafoss, a newly established waterfall near Morsafoss in 2020, it was long considered the highest waterfall on earth.
Glymur is made up of two main glaciers; the Icefall glacier and the glacier that flow from the Eyjafjallajokull glacier. Icefall glacier, which is on the left side of the waterfall, advances through the Tungnaeyjarvitja fissure.
It makes its way towards the bottom of the fissure and falls into the Ice River before forming part of the ice shelf. The meltwater forms the glacier on the right side of the fissure.
The Iceberg glacier is more compact and weaker than the other glacier in the area and so is less powerful at building the wall of Glymur. It flows slower towards the edge of the glacier and then stops abruptly and forms a crescent-shaped trough.This is where the waterfall is formed. The water then melts off the ice and forms a fountain.
The most popular and well-known waterfall at Glymur is the waterfall that leads to the top of the icefall glacier. This waterfall is called the Wanesvatnetja waterfall. This waterfall is more popular with tourists as it has not only created a popular tourist attraction but has also become a great source of income for the local economy. Tourists can purchase souvenirs at the base of the waterfall, which they can take back home to their families.
Other smaller but no less spectacular falls include those at the opposite ends of the Icefall Glacier. At one end there is the Binnabergja waterfall, while at the other there is a small stream known as Skovmorgsta waterfall.
If you want to get the panoramic view that is possible at the beginning of the waterfall, then the Skovmorgsta waterfall is the place for you. However, if you are looking for something quieter and cooler than the Binnabergja waterfall will be the place for you. There are also smaller waterfalls like Hraunfoss waterfall and Hraunfosskja waterfall.
Glymur is an area where you should experience everything nature has to offer. You should also take advantage of what this beautiful country has to offer and not just rely on a single waterfall.
The best thing you can do is to explore the area and enjoy nature for that natural beauty. You will have never been closer to nature if you visit Glymur at least once during your stay in Iceland.