Perlan is a upper-class restaurant built on top of water storage tanks at Öskjuhlíð hill near downtown Reykjavík. Controversial while being built but now generally viewed as a beautiful building and major landmark in the city. In the vicinity is a small forest and a popular outdoor area for Reykjavík´s citizens. Also there is a artificial geyser that blows at regular intervals.
Fondest memory: Perlan restaurant offers both fine dinner and you can drop for a coffee and cake during the day. I haven´t dined there for a while, it is more of a tourist attraction than a regular place for locals. Still it is probably very interesting to see when in Reykjavík, great views from the balcony or the rotating restaurant.
Öskjuhlíð however is very popular amongs locals for hiking, jogging and cycling. It connects with Nauthólsvík beach. The hill is also inhabited by rabbits and there are not many other places in Iceland you see wild land mammals on regular basis :)
Perlan - is it
A) a glamorous revolving restuarant perched atop a prominent hill overlooking the city and the harbor of Reykjavik! OR
B) the headquarters of nefarious Dr. Evil, plotting world domination from this dramatic structure in out-of-the-way Iceland.
Hard to tell by looking at this striking piece of modernist architecture. But I think the correct answer is "A".
Even the Perlan is a restaurant, it is far more than that. It is a place where you can wonder the views of city, enjoy cafe at a roundy terrace or just meet people and watch the art.
This 'observatorio' is one of the most modern buildnings in pittoresque town and some claims it to ruining the city view. I dont' think so. It fit there very well.
Fondest memory: I cannot ever forget my last nigt in Reykjavik, we went to Perlan, me, Magnus and Soley =my roommates. We watch the sunset there and man I was happy then.
See the Reykjavík's, lively cultural scene not only features Icelandic art, music and other activities but these days is also a sought-after venue for international artists and performers.
Cultural activity in the capital reaches a peak every two years with an international summer arts festival, and in the year 2000 Reykjavík will be one of the European Cultural City.
Fondest memory: Visiting the Globe,
Where ever you are in the city you can see this silver globe on the city's hill top.
Favorite thing: See the panoramic view from Perlan (The Pearl) on top of Öskjuhlíð hill. Very good view of Reykjavik and all its mountainous surroundings. It's not a bad idea to go on along the roots of the hill and down to the shore promenade which is filled with people walking, jogging, inline-skating and cycling on good days. The sea at the main beach is actually warmed up! Wouldn't it sound odd if you told your friend you had been to a beach and swum in the sea in Iceland? Here's your chance :)
Favorite thing: Reykjavik is one big party! This jazz grouping is playing in all weathers and at all times of day and night right outside the Perlan Restaurant building.