Öskjuhlíð is a unique outdoor recreation area near Reykjavík city centre. Öskjuhlíð, which rises 61 meters above the surroundings, is probably the open area most city dwellers know. Upstairs are six district heating tanks. Above and between the tanks is Perlan, a unique building and a recognisable landmark, opened in 1991. The building houses museums, cafes, a restaurant, and a viewing platform. A few places offer better views of the capital area, the ocean and the mountain range from Snæfellsjökull in the west, on a good day, and then all the way south and west to the Reykjanes peninsula. Öskjuhlíðin itself is a varied and fun outdoor recreation area, with forestry, a cemetery and then in Fossvogur, the green beach in Nauthólsvík.

Perlan sits on six hot water tanks, which hold 24 million litres of hot water.

Reykjavík & Kópavogur 10/01/2022 09:55 & 10:26 – A7R III & A7R IV : FE 1.8/14mm GM & FE 2.8/100mm GM

Photos and text : Páll Stefánsson