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Perlan (The Pearl), Reykjavik

Perlan (The Pearl), Reykjavik (must see)

Standing tall at 25.7 metres (84.3 ft) high, Perlan (English: The Pearl) is a landmark building in Reykjavík. It was originally designed by Ingimundur Sveinsson. Perlan is situated on the hill Öskjuhlíð where there had been hot water storage tanks for decades. In 1991 the tanks were updated and a hemispherical structure placed on top. This project was largely done at the behest of Davíð Oddsson, during his time as mayor of Reykjavík.

Perlan has 10,000 cubic meters of exhibition space on the ground floor, known as the Winter Garden. It has hosted concerts by Icelandic artists such as GusGus and Emilíana Torrini as well as various expos and markets. There is a viewing deck on the fourth floor. It contains panoramic telescopes at every six corners of the deck with recorded descriptions in five different languages. You can see several weak geysers here. On top of this tall construction, there is a restaurant with splendid views of the city. The building looks marvelous from the outside. Inside, you will find also some souvenir shops and a historical museum with wax figures.

Why You Should Visit:
The exhibitions are interactive and multi-media, all very engaging. The planetarium show is also very good.
The best part, however, is undoubtedly the ice caves: replicas of the insides of melting glaciers, made of real ice.

Tip:
Don't bother with the observatory ticket; just go straight to the cafe for a drink + amazing view.
If you plan to do the cave/glacier experience, bring gloves and a hat in case you will need them.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-7pm (last admission: 6pm)
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Perlan (The Pearl)
Sight Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Reykjavik, Iceland

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