Perlan – the Pearl of Reykjavik

Perlan (The Pearl) a building at Öskjuhlíð hill in Reykjavík (Capital Region, Iceland), designed by Ingimundur Sveinsson, built on hot water tanks, opened on 21st June 1991.


  • exhibitions:
      • Forces of Nature – Amazing Geological Wonders,
      • Látrabjarg Cliff,
      • Glaciers and Ice Cave,
      • The Water in Icelandic Nature,
      • Underwater Journey (cinema),
  • Perlan Planetarium,
  • Perlan View – observation deck,
  • restaurant.

The building is composed of an immense glass dome that sits on six hot-water tanks, each carrying 4 million litres of geothermal hot water. All of this is supported by a colossal steel frame, which serves important functions in addition to holding everything together. The framework, hollow on the inside, is actually a gigantic radiator. In the winter when it is cold, hot water runs through the frame, while cold water is used in the summertime.*

*Perlan webpage

Ξ Perlan webpage

See also:

Reykjavík – the Smoke Cove |  Sunset in Reykjavík | Reykjavík by night | Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík | Coast walk in Reykjavík

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Coast walk in Reykjavík

A walk on coastal path in Reykjavík (Capital Region, Iceland). On the way:

  • coastal path art,
  • Grímsstaðavör old fishing sheds,
  • Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach (webpage),
  • Kópavogur and Kópavogskirkja (1960s church).

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Seltjarnarnes – a township next to Reykjavík, in Capital Region of Island. It is the smallest (by area – 2 km²) township in the country. Located on Seltjarnarnes peninsula, with beautiful views.

Sights / Things to do in Seltjarnarnes:

  • Grótta island – with lighthouse and rich birdlife, accessible only at low tide and off nesting season, good for nothern lights viewing;
  • Bakkatjörn lake – good for birdwatching;
  • Kvika footbath – geothermal pool;
  • Sundlaug Seltjarnarness – a public swimming pool, with hot tubs;
  • 9-hole golf course;
  • walking trails;
  • Seltjarnarneskirkja – Seltjarnarnes church at Valhúsahæð (good for nothern lights viewing).

Ξ Seltjarnarnes webpage

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Reykjavík – the Smoke Cove

Reykjavík (Smoke Cove / Bay of Smoke)– the capital and largest city of Iceland, located at Faxaflói bay, in Capital Region, with approx. 131 000 inhabitants. One of the cleanest, greenest and safest cities on Earth. First settlement was set up here in 874, a town was founded in 1785. The name of the city comes from the steam (“smoke”) from the hot springs.

Sights / Things to do in Reykjavík:

Reykjavík, Capital Region, Iceland

Ξ City of Reykjavík webpage

Ξ Visit Reykjavík webpage

∇ Location: view on Google Maps

See also:

Sunset in ReykjavíkReykjavík at nightHallgrímskirkja, ReykjavíkCoast walk in ReykjavíkPerlan – the Pearl of Reykjavik

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