Also, skies were beautiful but turning a bit threatening. So far, all our days had been sunny. Maybe tomorrow would be different.
On the way home, we made a last minute decision to explore the Perlan (Pearl) Center, a landmark building in Reykjavik. The first water storage tank was constructed in this location in 1939. It is on Öskjuhlíd Hill, the highest elevation in Reykjavik at 61 meters (200 feet) above sea level. This is a model of the current complex constructed in 1988 to store geothermally heated water for the city.
Here is a peek from the inside of the structure.
It was easy to get our bearings once we found the Hallgrímskirja Church. Our apartment was only a few blocks from there.
Back inside we went up to the fifth floor to check out the revolving, fine-dining restaurant. I bet the view at night is spectacular.
Previously we had made dinner reservations to eat here that evening. Although it receives excellent reviews, the menu seemed limited (not much for veg-heads) and prices a bit high. And no lobster!
As stuffed as we were after our great tomato escapade, we were not sure we would fully enjoy a second extravagant meal. And wondered if we would have the enthusiasm to return later that evening after a long day. We ended up cancelling.
We do regret not having a cocktail under this "green" wall and with the great view outside. I was the only one in the place when peeking in and figured they were closed, but I should have double checked.
The big attraction, however, was the glacial ice cave simulation located in one of the big tanks. It opened in July 2017. Instead of a ribbon cutting, they had an ice log cutting with a chainsaw. It is the first man-made ice cave in the world. It is 100 meters (329 feet) long (not in a straight line) and built with over 350 tons of snow from the Blue Mountains (southeast of Reykjavik).
While we waited our turn, we viewed a display of fabulous photos of glaciers, volcanoes, and other local nature scenes. Our guide suggested we bundle up in coats, hats, and gloves. If you didn't have "layers," there were jackets with hoods to borrow. Temperatures in the cave are maintained at 10C degrees (14F) and there is a slight wind chill due to air circulation.
It was maybe a 20-minute guided walk through the cave, with occasional stops to learn more about ice caves, glaciers, and volcanoes. Some side tunnels ended with a photo of what actually might be seen in the field.
Jökulsárlón, it was better than none at all. I was able to touch a "glacier" after all.
On our way out we noticed this mystery item. It is either a piece of water art or a drinking fountain. Not such which and there was no one there at the moment to ask. We didn't drink from it!!
In the near future more attractions will be added to this complex, including a lava/volcano/geothermal display and a planetarium.