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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

star-5
Great.
Allen_H, Feb 2023
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
A must see museum. The exhibits were amazing and engaging. The restaurant served excellent food. Better than a couple restaurants we ate at in town.
star-4
Interesting experience
Alvaro_C, Feb 2023
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
I was surprised to find out that for the building size, the museum doesn't have that many exhibits, however the indor ice cave makes the whole experience worth it for me, specially because my tour that included a visit to a glacier was canceled. Please note that maybe due to weather, it was really hard to get a cab back to the city, so ended up walking to my hotel
star-5
Perlan Museum is very...
Bernardina_N, Feb 2023
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Perlan Museum is very unique. Very interactive, mind opener and educational. It is highly recommended to visit 👍🏼
star-5
Awesome
Donald_M, Feb 2023
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Cannot single one part as the whole experience was amazing. Can spend as much time as you want using the activities. Well worth the entrance fee
star-4
Great trip for all ages
Helen_R, Feb 2023
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Booked Oerlan last minute after other tour cancelled due to weather. Spent a nice few hours at exhibition and restaurant Well organised
star-5
A must see!
Joan_P, Jan 2023
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
The Planetarium is amazing..did it twice! The ice cave is small but you get the feel of what a real one would be like. There is so much to see, you can easily spend 3 hours here. Then dine in the amazing revolving restaurant in the dome! Fantastic!
star-5
Well worth a visit! Much more than a museum!
Emma_D, Jan 2023
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
The volcano and northern lights show was super cool! Very well organised and nice we could hang out coats for a bit. Excellent interactive information features. The ice cave was excellent and great to see how it was formed. The restaurant served great food and liked having a rotating view!
star-5
Awesome experience.
Tina_F, Jan 2023
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Fantastic experience, especially with the weather being so bad. Would highly recommend doing this, the Planetarium was phenomenal. Thank you everyone. Great day out.
star-5
Fun way to learn all about Iceland
Kevin_E, Jan 2023
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Loved learning about how aurora are formed. The ice caves and volcano show were great. Plenty of information about wildlife and glaciers.
star-4
Ok
Heather_L, Jan 2023
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Too much reading, but enjoyed the experience. A difference experience We all thought too much reading
star-5
It was a lovely museum...
Cynthia_F, Jan 2023
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
It was a lovely museum explaining many of the geography and uniques aspects of the country with experiential exhibits!
star-5
Great
Rebekkah_B, Jan 2023
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Great museum we loved the planetarium, and the volcano a brilliant way to start off our anniversary 😁
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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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