Reykjavik Observation Deck | Perlan Museum 360° Viewing Platform

Reykjavik Observation Deck | Perlan Museum 360° Viewing Platform
Perlan's Observation Deck provides views not only over Reykjavík, but over nearby woodlands and the open Atlantic Ocean.
A view from the platform of Perlan overlooking the tabletop mountain, Esjan.
The observation deck at Perlan Museum allows for 360° panorama over the city and its surroundings.
Perlan Museum boasts a restaurant, a cafe, a viewing platform and a glacier and ice cave exhibition.
From the viewing platform, you will be able to overlook many of the islands off the coast of Reykjavík.
Perlan is a glass dome building built on top of six large water tanks.

Discover one of the best-known landmark buildings in Reykjavík, Perlan Museum, and its fabulous viewing deck. Perlan is a glass dome structure built on top of 6 hot water tanks, in turn, built 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 Reykjavík, as well as views of other landmark buildings and the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. You will also see 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 University of Iceland and the domestic airport, nested under the Öskjuhlíð hill that Perlan stands on.

So don't miss your chance to lay your eyes on all these gems and more with a visit to the Perlan Museum observation deck, Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

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

Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure.
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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