Reykjavik Observation Deck|Perlan Museum 360° Viewing Platform

Perlan Museum is a landmark building in Reykjavík. A glass dome structure built on top of 6 hot water tanks on the highest hill in the city. On top of the water tanks, on the fourth floor, is the best observation deck in Reykjavík. A full 360-degree view overlooking the city and its surroundings.

The 360° Reykjavík observation deck is a must-see for guests visiting Iceland. The platform has 16 information signs helping guests putting names on the sights. The platform also has rock examples from the geological highpoints in the surroundings, such as basalt columns, lava and tuff, the lava formed under glaciers or water. On every main corner of the platform, there are binoculars for a better view of the sights. On the top floor, under the glass dome, there is a superb restaurant and a café with the best view in town.

From the observation platform, you can see mountains and the ocean, volcanoes and geothermal areas, and a glacier.

The platform offers the best view of the structure of Reykjavík, landmark buildings and the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. The ocean surrounding the city, whale watching boats and commercial ships leaving the harbour and Viðey and Engey islands lazily resting in the bay just off the coast. Far in the north-west, the Snæfellsnes peninsula rises from the sea with Snæfelljökull glacier on the end of the chain of mountains.

Closer to the north lies Mt. Esja, the city's iconic mountain, with the yellow rhyolite peaks of Móskarðshnjúkar and the basalt columns of Stardalshnjúkur next to it. The geothermal area of Hellisheiði and the geothermal energy plant Hellisheiðavirkjun are visible by the smoke rising on the eastern horizon.

In the south the horizon is littered with active volcanoes, Hengill and Keilir being the most obvious, the lava fields of Reykjanes and Hafnarfjörður are clearly visible and Keflavik city and the international airport in the distance. Closer to home is the presidential residence, the universities of Iceland and Reykjavík and the domestic airport nested under the Öskjuhlíð hill the Perlan is standing on.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Activities: Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Snæfellsjökull, Faxaflói, Hengill, Reykjanes, Hellisheiðarvirkjun, Hallgrimskirkja, Nauthólsvík, Bessastaðir, Seltjarnarnes, Viðey, Reykjavík Airport, Esjan, Kópavogur, Norræna húsið
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : Flexible

Departure location:
Perlan Museum ticket desk
  • Ticket to the observation deck

  • Free Parking

  • Free WiFi

  • Food

  • Pickup

  • Guide

  • Access to the exhibitions of Perlan Museum

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Camera

Good to know:

Bus #18 stops close to Perlan Museum and the Hop on Hop of buses stop by.

Guests can wait inside during bad weather.

Café, restaurant and a gift shop on the upper levels.

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Reykjavik Observation Deck|Perlan Museum 360° Viewing Platform

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