Perlan or “the Pearl” is a building in Reykjavík and stands on top of Öskjuhlíð hill. The building was originally designed by Ingimundur Sveinsson and is very interesting with a glass domed structure sitting on top of six huge water storage tanks. Inside Perlan is a 10,000 cubic meters of exhibition space on the ground floor, called the Winter Garden. It has hosted many events like concerts and various markets.
In 2017 the first part of the Icelandic Natural Wonder exhibition was opened at Perlan. The exhibition offers amazing opportunity to experience how it feels to travel through glaciers and learn about their history and future. The Ice cave is built in one of Perlan’s six hot water tanks and the temperature inside the ice cave is -10C (14F).
On the fourth floor there is a large observation deck with 360-degree view over Reykjavík and surrounding area. On a sunny day the mountain Keilir can be seen in the south and the famous Snæfellsjökull glacier to the north.
A restaurant, cafe and gift shop can be found in Perlan.
Situated in one of the glass dome of Perlan is a unique restaurant Út í bláinn. The restaurant offers amazing views to all directions and is the perfect location for a nice dinner, brunch or lunch.
Open between 11:30-14:00 and 17:00-22:00.
Kaffitár is a family owned coffee roastery founded in 1990 and now runs seven coffee shops in Iceland. You can enjoy all kinds of coffee drinks at Kaffitár as well as sourdough bread and other snacks. On the fourth floor they offer take-a-way for those who are in a hurry.
Open all days on the 4th floor 8:00-20:00. — Open all days on the 5th floor 8:00-23:00.
Rammagerðin - Iceland Gift Store was established in 1940 and is one of the oldest gift stores in Iceland.