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Perlan (English: The Pearl) is a landmark building in Reykjavík, the capital 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 Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland opened in 2017. The first exhibition is the Glaciers and Ice Cave exhibition. Featuring a man made Ice cave 100 meters long and made out of 350 tonnes of Ice and snow. On the second floor is an interactive show on glaciers in Iceland, their awesome nature but bleak future and the effect of climate change. In May 2018 a exhibition called Land, Coast and Ocean will open as well as the Icelandic Museum of Natural History. Later in the year a Planetarium and a Northern Lights museum will open.

Observation deck[edit]

Perlan Viewing Deck.

The observation deck is now a part of the museum with information about the sights seen from the platform, the geological wonders and examples of the rocks found at the sights. It is the best viewing point over Reykjavík and its surroundings. One can see mountains, volcanoes, geothermal areas, the ocean and a glacier. It contains panoramic telescopes at all six corners of the deck and 16 information signs.

Food and drinks[edit]

On the top floor under the glass dome there is a new restaurant called Út í bláinn and a Kaffitár Café. Both places have amazing views over the city.

Gift shop[edit]

On the fourth floor, same as the observation deck, there is a big gift shop by Rammagerðin.

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