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Perlan (English: The Pearl) is one of the main landmarks in Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland. It is 25.7 metres (84.3 ft) high. 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 at the behest of Davíð Oddsson, during his time as mayor of Reykjavík.


The museum currently hosts exhibitions on the Wonders of Iceland, which includes an augmented reality model of Látrabjarg Cliff, a virtual aquarium and a man-made ice cave, claimed to be the first of its kind in the world, designed and sculpted by Susan Christianen and Johan Larsson. [1]

Observation Deck[edit]

An observation deck is situated on the fourth floor of the museum, giving views of Reykjavík city and the surrounding areas. A fee of ISK 490 is charged for adults to access the platform as of September 2017, but access remains free for children, as stipulated in the building's rental agreement. [2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wonders of Iceland". Perlan. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Perlan to Charge Observation Deck Fee in September". Iceland Review. Retrieved July 2, 2018.

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Coordinates: 64°07′45″N 21°55′09″W / 64.12917°N 21.91917°W / 64.12917; -21.91917