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“Looks good from the outside but wasn't that exciting”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Perlan

Perlan
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$36.02*
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City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #19 of 178 things to do in Reykjavik
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Perlan - Museum of Icelandic Natural Wonders, will open it's doors in the summer of 2017. When finished this will be the biggest exhibition of the natural wonders of Iceland. While construction takes place, the building will be open to visitors so they can enjoy one of Reykjavik's best viewing platforms. On the fourth floor, Kaffitar will open a pop-up cafe. This summer we will open the Glacier Exhibition, the first part of the Museum of Icelandic Natural Wonders, which is being built on two storeys in one of Perlan’s six hot water tanks. It will illustrate the glaciers, their history and future, and give visitors the amazing opportunity to experience travelling through one of them. At the same time a new and exciting restaurant will open on the top floor of Perlan, underneath the huge glass dome. On the fourth floor will be a gift store that specializes in Icelandic craft and design. The second part of the Museum of Icelandic Natural Wonders opens in 2018: a new, cutting-edge planetarium that offers a 360-degree domed immersive experience with surround sound and the best image quality available in the world today. In the summer of 2018 we will open the third part, which will also be the largest part to date. Now we will use the entire ground floor of Perlan to feature various pearls of Icelandic nature.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Nottingham
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“Looks good from the outside but wasn't that exciting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

The pearl looks iconic from the outside. You can see it from all over Reykjavik. We were intrigued by the write ups about the restaurant and cafe and confused by the description of it being a water storage container. Basically, it was a water storage container with an outside balcony round the top which looks out all over the surrounding countryside. Probably similar views to the big church tower (but free to go up).
The artificial geysir would normally be called a fountain.
We didn't eat in the cafe or the restaurant or visit the museum.
Unless you want to visit the museum and get some good views, we wouldn't bother with getting the bus and doing the hike.

Visited October 2012
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“Went for Lunch”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

Went for lunch at the canteen as we were unable to get a reservation at the restaurant, the building is very cool looking, the cafe is located on the 4th floor, staff are all youngsters that don't really want to work there, food was ok, prices very reasonable but I wouldn't return for the food, go for a walk in the surrounding park after, nice surroundings.

Visited October 2012
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“Our last night in Reykjavik”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

Excellent food, service and view. Do not be put off by people telling you it is really expensive as our meal for 3 adults including win cost approx £175 which is no more expensive than London

Visited October 2012
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“Great views and an oddball museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

We visited the Perlan by taking the number 18 bus from the city centre. The purpose of the visit was to see the Saga Museum, which had an amusing write-up in our guide book, and it certainly was an oddball little museum albeit interesting and informative.

The added bonus was the free viewing platform on top of the Perlan itself, allowing 360 degree views across Reykjavik and the surrounding area.

Worth a visit if you have a couple of hours to spare.

Visited October 2012
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“Good views, but don't expect a grand tour or anything special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

It's a hike if you're walking (about 3 miles both ways from city center).
The views are pretty good. Not quite a good as the church.
The restaurant looks decent if not expensive.
The Sage Museum was really creepy.
We didn't learn anything about the geo-thermal plant at all.

It was okay, maybe worth the trip, but not great.

Visited October 2012
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