Built in 1988 on top of Oskjuhlid Hill, the Pearl (Perlan) is where beauty meets function as a glass dome sits atop the city’s reservoirs in six huge tanks, each with the capacity to hold over 4 million liters (1 million gallons) of geothermal hot water. The building was designed by Ingimundur Sveinsson

Inside the dome, between the hot-water tanks, is a spacious atrium where various exhibitions and events are held. 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 each six corners of the deck with recorded descriptions in five different languages. The viewing deck offers a great view of Reykjavik and the neighboring communities and the mountain ranges around the city. On a clear days one can even see the lofty mt. Snaefellsjokull across the bay on Snaefellsnes peninsula. 

The Pearl’s crowning glory is a revolving restaurant under the glass dome, affording a magnificent view of Reykjavik and world-class dining. There is also a cafe open for lunch and a few shops.


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