Perlan (What To See - Capital area)

Perlan (What To See - Capital area)
Perlan or The Pearl is an impressive building and a prominent landmark in Reykjavík, resembling a pearl with its glass dome. The glass dome covering Perlan is built on top of six huge aluminum tanks, holding 4 million liters of geothermal water at a temperature of 85°C. The hot water in the tanks comes from numerous boreholes, that have been drilled into the ground in Reykjavík and is primarily used for heating homes and other buildings in the city but also for washing, bathing and for numerous outdoor public swimming pools in the city that are open all year round. The building sits on top of the 61 meters high Öskjuhlíđ Hill, which at the end of the ice age was an island as can be witnessed by lager boulders, eroded and smoothed out by the ocean, that can be found over 40 meters above current sea-level. Due to the elevation of the Öskjuhlíđ Hill, the water tanks sit high enough so that the water can flow by gravity to the top floor of any 10 floor building in the city. Perlan hosts the Wonders of Iceland, an exhibition where you can for example experience a man made ice cave, 10 meter high bird cliff and a cinematic experience, to name a few. Perlan also offers a café and bistro, where you sit under the glass dome and the floor slowly rotates so the view constantly changes. Visiting the viewing deck, offers spectacular panoramic views of Reykjavík City. This is a perfect place to visit when you have a free day in Reykjavik.
A small forest surrounds Perlan with hiking trails, great for short walks in a tranquil environment. You might even spot some wild rabbits living there.
Getting to Perlan takes about 20-30 minutes by walking from downtown Reykjavik or 5-10 minutes by car.

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