The Pearl (Perlan) Tours

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The mirrored glass dome of Perlan shines from its position on Öskjuhlíð hill, just outside Reykjavik. Comprising a glass hemisphere sitting atop six massive hot water tanks, the building houses a restaurant, viewing deck, and the Perlan Museum, which focuses on Iceland’s natural wonders.

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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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Address: Oskjuhlid Hill, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Perlan Wonders of Iceland Museum and Ice Cave Exhibition Entry

Explore the world of glaciers at the Perlan Museum Glacier and Ice Cave Exhibition in Reykjavik. Enter the museum for a guided tour of the world’s only indoor ice cave, learning about glaciers' secrets and uncertain future from your guide as you explore the frozen tunnel. Then, experience the multimedia displays on glaciers with the provided digital guides; admire the 360-degree views over Reykjavik from the observation deck; and enjoy the café and gift shop.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hrs
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City Sightseeing" Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Discover Reykjavik by City Sightseeing bus, and explore the Icelandic capital on a hop-on hop-off tour. Your voucher is valid for 24 hours, so use it to ride around Reykjavik and visit the attractions that interest you most. Hop off to visit Laugardalur Valley, Harper Concert Hall and more, or stay on board for a full loop and listen to the audio commentary to learn about the city.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus

See all of Reykjavik's landmarks on this comprehensive 3-hour minibus tour. Great for travelers with just a short time to spend, this guided excursion hits all of the city's important highlights. Visit the Harpa concert hall, the presidential residence at Bessastadir, and Hallgrimskirkja. Enjoy engaging commentary from your local guide and round-trip transportation from your hotel.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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City Sightseeing by Minibus and Golden Circle Express Tour from Reykjavik

Discover Iceland’s city sights by morning, and its waterfalls and geysers by afternoon. This full-day combo tour is a great way to experience Reykjavik and its surrounding sights. Start with a coach tour around urban landmarks like the Bessastadir presidential residence, and then swap the city sights for the natural wonders of Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot springs and UNESCO-listed Thingvellir.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Reykjavik Sightseeing Tour

Take in the essential highlights of Reykjavik on a 3-hour tour of the capital city’s most iconic places, from hip neighborhoods to historic sites. See the stunning architecture of Hallgrímskirkja Church, get unobstructed views from Perlan’s observation deck, then hear about the groundbreaking political meetings that took place at Höfði house. Capture unforgettable images of picturesque areas and landmarks, and learn your way around the most popular areas. Get an insider’s take on life in Reykjavik, with local advice on the best places to eat, drink and explore in the city.
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