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The Pearl (Perlan)
The Pearl (Perlan)

The Pearl (Perlan)

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1,083 Reviews
Oskjuhlid Hill, Reykjavik

The Basics

Visitors can purchase a ticket for the observation deck only, or for the Glaciers and Ice Cave exhibition at the Perlan Museum, which includes access to the observation deck. The Glaciers and Ice Cave exhibition features a 328-foot (100-meter) man-made ice cave that replicates those found in nature as well as an interactive exhibit on glaciers. Other exhibitions include a planetarium and the Land, Coast, and Ocean exhibit, which features a cliff replica, virtual fish tank, and simulated earthquake.

For an extra special experience, opt for an after-hours tour of the museum, during which you’ll be guided through the ice cave and glacier exhibition after the daytime crowds have gone. Visitors can also dine at Perlan’s glass-dome Út í bláinn restaurant, offering excellent views over Reykjavik and beyond—and if you’re lucky, perhaps even the Northern Lights.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

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Fun museum with an ice...
Donald_M, Sep 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Fun museum with an ice cave and a nice planetarium and a wonderful view of Reykjavik from the revolving restaurant!!
star-5
Informative and delightful
Gail_H, Sep 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
We visited Perlan Museum the day we arrived in Iceland. It gave us information that enhanced our entire trip. The Northern lights film was enchanting and the view from the top deck was incredible. A must see in Reykjavik!
star-5
Great place to visit
lydia_s, Aug 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
The ticketing process went very well . The museum is super interesting and the ice cave was fun . There were videos all around with great visuals exposing about Iceland . Make sure to go to the beautiful observation deck . The planetarium had fantastic visuals , but I found the narration to be a bit boring
star-5
Fun for the whole family
Lauren_M, Aug 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Learnt lots, very interesting! Love the ice cave and the planetarium show was amazing! 360 views from the top.
star-5
Would have liked more time.
Joan_R, Aug 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
very interesting museum. Loved the history, the ice cave, the flying birds exhibit and the aurora borealis movie.
star-5
It’s worth it!
Silvia_F, Jul 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
The ice cave was incredible Same as the planetarium The zip line looked so inviting! Well done experiences
star-5
Great experience!
Ranganath_M, Jul 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
We enjoyed the display of “Aurora” in the planetarium. It was an unique experience for us. Loved it.
star-4
Perlan fun place for kids
David_I, Jul 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Spent a few hours at perlan. Exhibits were good. Snow cave was closed - no notice online or even at the snow cave exhibit. We all lined up for nothing. Aurora northern lights film was amazing!!! Upstairs is a great view of city. Cafe was fine - very limited menu. Most people had a drink and enjoyed the rotating view. I had the day to kill and this was good. More of a family place.
star-5
amazing museum for the whole family!
anya_b, Jul 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Such an amazing place where to start your trip over Iceland! History, geography, astronomy, zoology & geology combined to give you an idea of how diverse Iceland could be!
star-5
Great
Tani_P, Jun 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Great place to visit, very informative. People are nice and its a great way to spend a cold day :) Great for kids also
star-5
Good all around
Philip_U, Jun 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Loved the glacier cave. The museum was a really neat building. And the ice cream shoppe was quite good too.
star-5
Wonders of Iceland
Susanne_F, Jul 2020
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
nature is unpredictable and the aurora borealis does not show itself? the ice caves are too far away for the tight scedule or You are just not feeling up to exploring caves at the glacier? this is an easy way to have it all, even Icelanders were enthusiastic about how real the ice tunnel looked and felt. and in walking distance in reykjavik. top.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Spot sites including the Snæfellsjökull glacier, Keilir volcano, and Mount Esja from the telescopes on the observation deck.

  • The temperature is kept at 14°F (-10°C) in Perlan’s ice cave. Vests are provided to keep guests warm.

  • The entire museum, including the ice cave, is wheelchair accessible.

  • In addition to the Út í bláinn restaurant, Perlan also houses a café and gift shop.

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How to Get There

Perlan is about a 10-minute drive from downtown Reykjavik. Free shuttle buses run between Perlan and the Harpa Music Hall downtown every 30 minutes during open hours. Walking paths also lead up Öskjuhlíð hill from Reykjavik Natura Hotel, Reykjavik University, the Vodafone stadium, and the gas station at Bústaðavegur.

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When to Get There

Perlan is one of Reykjavik’s top attractions and can be busy at times. The best time to come is during summer, when you have longer sunlight hours and higher odds of enjoying clear views from the observation deck.

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The Ice Cave at Perlan

The first of its kind in the world, this indoor ice tunnel is designed to replicate natural ice caves found amid Iceland’s glaciers. The level of light, the temperature, and even the sounds of the man-made cave echo those present in natural ice caves. Walking through the ice cave at the Perlan Museum should take roughly 10–15 minutes.

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