Iceland is full of waterfalls, so when seeing yet another one indicated along Road 1, some might decide to skip it. However the Glanni waterfall and its nearby waterhole of Paradise Hollow should make in on your itinerary. It is not just about the waterfall, but also about the beautiful. Here is my guide to help you plan your visit.
About the Glanni Falls (Glanni Foss)
Glanni is a beautiful waterfall on the Nordura River (a great place for Salmon fishing), very close to the Grabrok Volcanic craters. The path of Glanni paradise includes a platform to see the Glanni Waterfall, stairs down to Paradise Hollow, a beautiful small waterhole, and panoramic views of the river and surrounding mountains.
The access is really easy. You get nice views from the platform but take the time to venture a bit more on the paths around for better angles.
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How to get to Glanni Waterfall
- 30km North of Borganes on Road 1, Inland of the Snaefellsnes peninsula
- If driving towards the North, turn right just before Bifrost towards the Glanni paradise golf course (it is well indicated)
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Visiting Glanni Paradise (Paradísarlaut)
- Timing: I stopped for roughly 45 min there exploring different paths – Except for the first sign on the parking, things are not well indicated so I have drawn a map – see below
- Difficulty: The path is well maintained. Easy walk
- Amenities: There are toilets and a little shop on the carpark
- I have read that in summer it is worth sitting close to the river as you can sometimes see salmons jumping upstream.
Nice and easy walk in nature
Glanni Paradise is well worth the stop with easy walks in the middle of interesting flora and lava rocks. With autumn starting nature was really beautiful and colorful.
Paradise Hollow Waterhole
Further along the path, down the stairs, is a waterhole with emerauld and turquoise water. Had the weather been better it would have been a very nice place for a picnic.
Panoramic views at the end of Glanni Paradise
I am glad I continued exploring to the end of the path as I was rewarded with peaceful panomaric views of the river and surrounding mountains.
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