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The Pearl (Perlan)
The Pearl (Perlan)

The Pearl (Perlan)

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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Great sight to see in Reykjavik
Linda_M, May 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Very scenic & informational. Convenient stop on the Hoho bus route from the cruise port. Went at. 9 am when it was quiet.
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The planetarium show and...
Francine_B, May 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
The planetarium show and ice caves and view from the top. A must see if in reyjjavik. There's a lot to see.
star-4
Great Experience
Libuse_B, Apr 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Great experience. Love the observation deck and the ice cave experience. Worth to visit and spend a few hours there.
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Love
FalguniPatel_P, Mar 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
It was must seen experience . We want to go back . Love the whole experience Llllllb cxdghj. Thunder cx
star-4
We booked to see the...
Jordan_B, Mar 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
We booked to see the planetarium show which was good. But the Ice cave was the highlight of the visit
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very nice museum, enjoyed...
Terezie_L, Mar 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
very nice museum, enjoyed the planetarium and the ice cave. Not overwhelmingly big, nice place to kill couple of hours before departure.
star-4
A ' must do' indoor activity...
Jesusana_P, Mar 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
It was nice experience to see the virtual film of Aurora Borealis and visit the Ice Cave too. A 'must do' especially if it snows or rain heavily as it is an indoor activity!
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Turned a good day into a great day
Angela_M, Feb 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Loved the Perlan a great place to get to know Iceland and the best views of the city. Cafe also has the best cakes too. Great value for money. Ice caves were realistic and provide fabulous photo opportunities. Lovely to see and understand the aurora.
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Fabulous!
Tracy_G, Feb 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Brilliant morning spent at Perlan. Really interesting hands on exhibits & loved Araura show. Very well organised & great facility's.
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An experience for all the family
Glenys_B, Feb 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
The planetarium was excellent with Arora giving the presentation of the Northern Lights. Unfortunately, the weather was too bad to go outside of the dome.
star-4
Great views!
Senel_A, Feb 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
If you go make sure you go to the planetarium. The ice cave isn’t as cold as you think it’s going to be and the views from the top of Perlan are stunning.
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Amazing
Ioana_M, Feb 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Everything, amazing experience. We enjoyed the northern lights show, the museum provides a vast amount of knowledge and wonderful views, the overall experience was utterly amazing

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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