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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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Excellent museum, very...
Nicola_W, Nov 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Excellent museum, very interactive and interesting. Ice cave was great, have a lovely cafe with an amazing view. The views from the observatory were breathtaking and the northern lights show was so good. My daughter is 10 and loved it all, I have younger children aged 5 & 3 and they would have definitely been entertained too.
star-5
Fabulous staff who make...
Mina_W, Nov 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Fabulous staff who make sure you see all the exhibits. Great hands-on displays for grown-ups. Video displays really brought I Eiland to life.
star-5
Exceeded Expectations
zyhyvdy7gt, Nov 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
We arrived with lower expectations, we’ve all been to museums and some can be a bit so-so. This place exceeded expectations, first with the planetarium detailing the Aurora’s which mixed the science with the traditional beliefs, plus the ‘ice cave’ was excellent, I wasn’t expecting a full ice cave inside a museum so that was definitely worth experiencing
star-4
Good day out with family
Mubeen_K, Oct 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
The Arora light show was amazing. The kids enjoyed the ice caves. The interactive glacier science display was educational and fun.
star-5
Amazing!
AnaLicia_D, Oct 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Really fantastic experience…. The ice room and Aurora explaining how she appears… we LOVED it! Food is great too ;)
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Visit
Kate_L, Oct 2021
Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Northern Lights Planetarium Show
Very interesting..., educational. Loved the northern lights show. Thank you for opportunity to learn
star-5
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

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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