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Perlan - The Pearl, ReykjavÝk: 25 reviews and 92 photos

by Regina1965
  • Perlan. - Reykjavík
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  • Perlan - the entrance. - Reykjavík
      Perlan - the entrance.
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  • The Dance (artist Þorbjörg Pálsdóttir) 1970. - Reykjavík
      The Dance (artist Ůorbj÷rg Pßlsdˇttir) 1970.
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  • The roof - up-close. - Reykjavík
      The roof - up-close.
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  • The roof of Perlan from the inside. - Reykjavík
      The roof of Perlan from the inside.
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Perlan (The Pearl) is built on and in between 6 hot water tanks with geothermal water. My tips on Perlan are divided in three, "Perlan from the outside", "Perlan on the inside" and "Perlan - the view of ReykjavÝk from the platform". Perlan was built on top of these 6 hot water tanks which were built on the hill, ÍskjuhlÝ­, the first tank was actually built in 1939. Four of these hot water tanks contain 24.000 tons of hot water of 80 degrees C which heats our houses. Perlan was inaugurated in 1991 and caused a lot of controversy, especially as it resembles a space-ship, but is now a very popular place to visit, both by tourists and Icelandic people.

Perlan has now become ReykjavÝk's landmark together with HallgrÝmskirkjan, as it is visible from almost everywhere. Outside of Perlan is Strˇkur, an artificial geysir, which simulates real geothermal geysers. On the ground floor of Perlan is the wonderful Saga Museum (see my tip), and the Wintergarden (Vetrargar­urinn) which often hosts receptions and markets. From the ground-floor there is a fountain, which reaches as high as the cafÚteria with short intervals. From the cafÚteria there are exits to the platform with a panoramic view of ReykjavÝk city and the surrounding areas, see my pictures in my next tips. On top of Perlan is a rotating restaurant with spectacular views. See more detailed information in my next tips.

Before Perlan was built we used to play in this area as children, running and hiding in between the water tanks.

Here is a 360░ view of Perlan.

Address: ÍskjuhlÝ­ (Oskjuhlid) ReykjavÝk
Directions: Perlan is situated on ÍskjuhlÝ­ hill, very close to the city center and the domestic airport.
othercontact: perlan@perlan.is
Phone: 354-5620200
Website: http://www.perlan.is/index.php?lang=en http://www.sagamuseum.is/enska/english.html

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 2, 2010
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