Fodor's Expert Review Perlan
Glittering like the top hemisphere of a giant disco ball perched on Öskjuhlíð, the hill overlooking Reykjavík Airport, Perlan (the Pearl) is a grand construction of steel and mirrored glass and one of the first landmark buildings visitors to Reykjavík encounter. Supported by six massive water tanks, this impressive building, illuminated by1,900 light bulbs, was opened in 1991 as a monument to Iceland's invaluable geothermal water supplies. It has since become a major tourist attraction, offering guests a host of amenities beneath its shiny surface, including souvenir shops, a café, a massive exhibition space, and a viewing platform with telescopes. The crowning glory is the revolving restaurant; it's pricey, but the panoramic views of the city and beyond are second to none.