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The Pearl (Perlan), Reykjavik

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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3.8/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web
A city landmark, The Pearl (Perlan) features an exhibit space, shops, restaurant, and viewing platform. The ground-floor exhibit area, called the winter garden, has hosted expos, markets, and concerts by Icelandic artists. On the fourth floor, browse the three shops, including a year-round Christmas shop with an emphasis on Icelandic artwork. Walk around the building on the wraparound viewing platform, which offers a 360-degree look at the city and surrounding area. If you wander up to the top floor, you'll find a cafeteria and revolving restaurant. While the food can by pricey, the restaurant provides a truly special view of Reykjavik as it rotates. By using our Reykjavik trip itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to The Pearl (Perlan) and other attractions in Reykjavik.
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  • Walked to the Pearl and it was spectacular. Enjoyed the 360 degree views from the top. There is a restaurant at the top which has some refreshing and tasty ice cream. 
  • I thought this was magnificent....quite a marvel. Very pragmatic and practical and beautiful, as Iceland does so very well. Other countries should take a page.... 
  • Park in the parking lot of the bottom and do the walk on foot through the Woods to get to Perlan. Take the lift (free) to enjoy the view from the dome and the terrace (you can also lunch or taste)
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  • You can say that this is a landmark or a restaurant but this is just really hot water tanks to store hot water or they used to be. The tanks where updated in 1991 and the hemispherical structure was placed on top. At the time of building the Pearl was a controversy inhabitants did not really see the need for this, they where just happy this place being storage for hot water. The Pearl is a must see when i Reykjavik, specially in good weather, they have a viewing deck on the 4 floor. They also have a cafeteria but if you want to spend more I really do recommend the restaurant on the top floor.
  • If you can get a local to point out the major sites from atop Perlan, it is one of the best ways to get the lay of the land within the city. The 360 view is quite impressive. I also recommend seeing the pool in the basement, which many people miss by going directly to the top.
  • viewing platform is free to get onto and you can see very far away. It can be kind of hard to get to, but my hostel was nearby within walking distance. A few trails surround the area, and there are some restaurants inside.
  • If you want a great, 360 degree vantage point of Reykjavik, this is the place. This is a four story building with a set of shops and observation deck. While I cannot recommend the restaurant/snack options, I can state that you need to go to the observation deck. There are stairs to the top, as well as an elevator. On a clear day, you can wander the entire deck and see across the bay to the mountains - and even a glacier! The deck also offers some magnification tools to help visitors catch a glimpse of the far off sites.
  • Nice view over Reykjavík. Coffee and icecream available if you don't want to eat at the fancy restaurant.
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