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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 Trip to the Perlan
Joe_Z, Aug 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
The ice cave was really cool, and there was a lot of information to learn while there. The food was delicious and everything was clean. We had a wonderful time and would absolutely come back again.
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Wonderful!
Chris_M, Aug 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Fabulous insight into the history and a beautiful show on northern lights! The ice cave was great experience and the observation deck had wonderful views over the city. Would highly recommend this!
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Everything was...
Vadim_K, Aug 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Everything was wonderful.We we're very pleased and will definitely come back soon.Thanks to the employees for making us feel welcomed.
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Perlan Museum rocks!
Tim_K, Aug 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
It was our last day in country and decided to visit Perlan last minute. We were sooo glad we did! It's close and gives you an extraordinary insight to the natural and political history of this beautiful country. For anyone who has never seen the Northern Lights in person, it is an absolute must! The 360 degree view on the top of Reykjavik City is spectacular!
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Amazing!
Victoria_C, Jul 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Amazing place! Staff are all lovely, observatory is brilliant and the museum is also good. Great views at the top and lovely ice cream too!
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Great Place to Spend Several Hours
Pat_M, Jul 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
The ice cave was awe-inspiring with its temperature-controlled space to ensure the integrity of the cave rebuilt to represent a true Icelandic ice cave. The exhibits throughout the museum were interactive enough to capture the attention of our 3 year old grandson, and the restaurant at the top floor offered some lovely culinary delights. And like almost every place in Reykjavik, it was easy to talk to from our VRBO.
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Perlan is great
George_T, Jul 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
The aurora presentation needs more science though the animation was good. The views from the upper floor were stunning.
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Highly recommend
Yogesh_B, Jul 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Aurora show and ice cave are highlights Good museum and well maintained Good small videos and exhibits
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Fun experience
Darryl_M, Jun 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
A lot of activities but, pricey. Ice caves were the best. Cafe was nice and the views were excellent.
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Excellent, informative, entertaining
Peter_V, Jun 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Allow enough time to see all there is and then relax in no rush cafe, some of the videos make it feel you are there
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A must to visit in Reykjavik
Jill_T, Jun 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
The Planetarium and the Ice tunnel are quite enthralling but there is so much to learn about Iceland and it is all distributed in a way that makes it easy to enjoy and assimilate the knowledge. The ice cream and cafe are great too.
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Perlann
Lisa_C, Jun 2022
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
The northern lights and the indoor glacier were phenomenal. Very pleasant experience without being overwhelmed
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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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