I’ll be honest here. Although Perlan (“the Pearl”) is often listed as a top tourist attraction in Reykjavik, I’m not a huge fan of the place. For those of you who don’t know, the structure is an odd mix of hot water tanks with an exhibition area, Saga Museum, an overpriced revolving restaurant and a geysir outside. Possibly the only place in the world where you can find all of these things in one place…
What I DO like about it is that is on top of a hill and therefore has great panoramic views of Reykjavík. There is a free viewing gallery and reasonable cafe.
The photos below are a good example of Icelandic weather. They are all taken on the same day. One morning, I was determined to go to the beach at Nauthólsvik. The weather was pretty rainy but this was the only time I was going to have free to do it so I went, via Perlan to see what the view was like.
You get the idea. No matter how good your vantage point is, when the weather is like this you don’t see anything.
I give you below a gallery to feast your eyes on – this is from the same viewpoint a few hours later as I passed back through. The sun seemed to shine only in very particular spots. Changeable weather is part of the fun in Iceland!
Perlan – love it or loathe it? Does the weather influence what you do when you’re away or do you go ahead with all plans rain or shine?