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.

Inside the dome, between the hot-water tanks, is a spacious atrium where various exhibitions and events are held. One of the tanks does not store hot water but rather the Saga Museum, where lifelike waxwork figures tell the colorful story of Viking-age Iceland.

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, shops and an outdoor panoramic viewing deck offering 360° views of the city and beyond.


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