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The Pearl (Perlan)

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Address: Oskjuhlio Hill, Reykjavik, Iceland
Phone Number: 354 562 0200
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A great piece of modern design and a great view over Reykjavik

This water tower for storage of the hot geothermal water supply for Reykjavik is a stop on the tourist tour of the city. There are great views, a cafe and gift shop.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is not a particularly interesting place but there are good views from the observation deck, entrance is free and there's a decent cafe.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an interesting building, good for another view over the City. It has a café, exhibitions / crafts, a very exclusive restaurant and toilet facilities.

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This water tower for storage of the hot geothermal water supply for Reykjavik is a stop on the tourist tour of the city. There are great views, a cafe and gift shop.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of the stops on the Hop-on Hop-off bus and there are good (gravelled) walks down to the waterfront. The cafe has a really wide selection of things to eat and there is a superb restaurant that has a fixed-price menu that includes one for Vegans, hurrah! Entry is free to go to the outdoor viewing platform.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this in the late afternoon. It's a lovely venue with a great restaurant, shop, art exhibition and nice toilets. You get a great view of the whole of Reykjavik. There's a fun fountain. The building is fun to appreciate too.

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Olga, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Pearl has a commanding location overlooking Reykjavik, appropriate to its former function as a center distribution of the cities hot water. Definitely worth a visit to appreciate this history, but now really just a beautiful place offering cheap souvenirs to mostly foreign tourists.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We choose to use the Hop On Hop Off bus to reach the Perlan. Otherwise parking is crazy with all the buses coming in and out. Head up to the fourth floor to step out onto the observation deck. Lots of room to move around and take in the view. No place to sit on deck. There is a cafeteria... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It has an art gallery at the ground floor & a 360 degree restaurant at the upper floor. Outside the restaurant you can see the whole city of Reykjavik.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We walked up the foot path to Perlan and step by step the panoramic view of Reykjavik opened up,and there was also a short path into the forest, and the only once missing were the trolls,the elfs and the faeries. The view from the top is spectacular even though it is only 60 meters high. We visited on a clear... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's obvious where it is: it perches on a hill above Reykjavik Domestic Airport (the hill was the site of British and American WWII bases) and you can yomp up to it from the city or along from Hallgrimskirkja. It's free admission. Most people go for the panoramic views from the top but you could have coffee or book dinner... More 

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