The hill in the city

Öskjuhlíð in the middle of the capital is only 90 m lower than Møllehøj, Denmark’s highest mountain, which is 170.86 meters above sea level. At the top of Öskjuhlíð is Perlan,  water tanks, restaurants and observation decks that give a good view of the capital area, in the west to Grótta and over Reykjavík airport, north over the slopes to Esja, Bláfjöll in the east and to the Reykjanes peninsula in the south and southwest. The hill, which was just a rocky hill until the 1940s, when a forest was planted there and a cemetery laid. On the southern slopes of the hill is the largest cemetery in the country, Fossvogur Cemetery. Today at Nauthólsvík, under Öskuhlíð is the country’s second largest university, Reykjavík University, on Menntavegur1. Öskjuhlíð, with its beautiful bike- and footpaths, is a wonderful place to enjoy outdoor activities in the middle of the capital.



Öskjuhlíð seen from Kópavogskirkja, Hallgrímskirkja can be seen on the left, Akrafjall in the background and Fossvogur Cemetery in th forground on the other side of the bay.


 Picture from the biggest cemetery in Iceland

Reykjavík University, at Menntavegur 1 by Öskjuhlíð

Amusement park located at the top of Öskjuhlíð by Perlan, Esjan in the background

Reykjavík 25/07/2022 :  A7RIV,  RX1R II : FE 1.8/135mm GM, 2.0/35mm Z

Photograps and text : Páll Stefánsson