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Perlan Viewing Platform Free for Icelanders

Icelanders can obtain free access to Perlan’s viewing platform with a special membership card, RÚV reports. The Reykjavík landmark, whose name translates as “The Pearl,” has received criticism for beginning to charge admission to its viewing platform in 2017.

Gunnar Gunnarsson, Perlan’s managing director, says some 1 million tourists visit the landmark every year, and the increased traffic brings with it high maintenance costs. When determining the price of admission, Gunnar says, Perlan looked to Hallgrímskirkja. While admission to the church’s tower, which provides a panoramic view of Reykjavík, is ISK 1,000 ($8/€7.20), admission to Perlan’s viewing platform was originally set at ISK 490 ($4/€3.50), but was recently raised to ISK 890 ($7.20/€6.50).

Gunnar says that although most of Perlan’s visitors are foreign travellers, the organisation values its Icelandic visitors as well. Icelanders can obtain a special membership card which gives them free admission to the viewing platform. Gunnar says around 1,000 Icelanders have already taken advantage of the offer.

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