Incredible views and fine dining at the Perlan

By Philippa Burne, UK, August 2011

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When you drive into Iceland’s main city, Reykjavik, one of the things that will draw your eye immediately is the gleaming blue-grey space-age looking glass dome perched on a hilltop just outside of town. That’s the Perlan, a water storage, restaurant and museum.

The water storage tanks have been on this hilltop for many years; in the early twentieth century the Icelanders perfected a method for harnessing the abundant thermal water below the ground and now the city is supplied for free with endless hot water, much of it is stored in these tanks. In 1991 the structure needed an upgrade and the then local mayor decided to take advantage of the hilltop position and build the Perlan, designed by local architect Ingimundur Sveinsson. Inside it’s a huge domed space rising many floors. At the lowest level is The Winter Garden, a huge exhibition and concert space. The acoustics of the dome have been carefully designed and local musicians often hold concerts here.

Editor's Note: This recommendation was taken from our Iceland Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Iceland. Photo courtesy of Xfigpower via Wikimedia Commons.

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