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The Pearl (Perlan)

Oskjuhlio Hill, Reykjavik, Iceland
354 562 0200
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Ranked #23 of 85 attractions in Reykjavik
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Traveler Description: The Pearl is one of the more recognizable landmarks in Reykjavik.  The five immense hot water tanks are topped with a domed revolving restaurant with... more »
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Some spectacular views across the city of Reykjavik. We happened to be there on the windiest day ever and was nearly blown off my feet and couldn't steady my camera, but still incredible being up there. A super cafe - must try the apple strudel and cream, truly delicious. Lovely Christmas shop and interesting exhibitions in the foyer - plenty... More

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Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I've been to Iceland several times as we Tour with RIDING-ICELAND each summer. This summer was my first trip to the Pearl. The views were Breath taking. Our group enjoyed the time we spent there. Well worth the time.

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Fantastic 360-degree views of the Reykjavik, Iceland! If like planes, get to watch planes using the city airport (not the international one). We hiked up and enjoyed the walk from city centre.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We stopped here as part of the Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour, so we had an hour to spend on what may be worth 30 minutes. I had thought that the Saga museum was housed here, but that had moved to the Wharf area. So we looked around and, sadly, found very little information about the geothermal aspect of the place. The... More

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Bourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Not really a great view, but if you want a good 360 degree perspective of the city then 30-45 minutes spent here is worthwhile. It's free entry and there is a hot water spring inside the building which 'blows' every 10 to 15 minutes. Outside there's also a steaming geezer - not particularly impressive, but reminds you of the volcanic... More

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The view from here is very nice - but Reykjavik isn't a very photogenic city - very sprawling and boring - but from the city the 'Golden Circle' tour is a MUST SEE! But do not buy a stamp for your postcard from here! We were charged 350isk for each stamp! The actual cost is 180isk - and the postcards... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We had the displeasure of spending New Year's Eve here on a pre-arranged "once in a lifetime" package which included the promise of fine dining, a coach tour of the traditional Icelandic bonfires and a firework spectacular. It certainly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience as we will never be repeating the horror. The first course was a piece of melon, the... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Lovely location to walk to from regular bus journey, no need to book a trip! Free entry and a great all round vista for panoramic views of the city. Interior fab and an excellent restaurant and meal etc but expensive, but worth the rotating view!

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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great views of the city, but not much else to do there. There is a cafe, shop and expensive restaurant inside, and a walking route outside. One upside is that it's free to go in the Pearl and up to the viewing area, which is 360 degree round the building. Easiest way to get there is on the hop on... More

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Dawsonville, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

While in Reykjavik we saw the Pearl every day from where we were staying. On a nice sunny day we finally made it over to check it out. It does have a great view of the city and the glass is very beautiful. However there were about 14 tour buses there as well making it extremely crowed which took away... More

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