Perlan – Wonders of Iceland Museum


Basic Information

  • Perlan is one of the best known landmarks in Reykjavik. 
  • Perlan consists of an exhibition, a planetarium, an observation deck, and a restaurant.

You will find all sorts of indulgences in Iceland. On one hand, it has waterfalls that are majestic and on the other hand, it has got a floral richness to simply stun you. With natural beauty, Iceland also has historical richness. You will find monuments that are ages-old and yet have the same charm as yesterday. There are museums and buildings which provide extensive insights into Iceland’s history. Perlan is one of such buildings. Perlan has a lot to offer to those who come to visit it from around the world. It consists of an exhibition, a planetarium, an observation deck, and a restaurant.

Perlan museum in Reykjavik Iceland

Know All About Perlan

Known as one of the capital’s most distinctive landmarks, Perlan stands on the peak of Öskjuhlíð Hill in Reykjavík. Tourists and explorers from around the world to visit Perlan for its beautiful views. It is also known as ‘The Pearl’ museum. Its shape, which is a rotating glass dome, is wondrous and quite attractive. The building was originally designed in 1991 by the architect Ingimundur Sveinsson. Those who are interested in the history of Iceland can visit this place as it has many things to know and explore. This is a great place to visit with kids. There is a man-made ice cave and a glacier museum inside Perlan where you can learn about glaciers and other geological forces in Iceland. The ice tunnel is 100 meters long and is built from actual snow. The fact that further adds to the astonishing element of Perlan museum is that its glass is fixed at the top of six water tanks. The water tanks are lit up by floodlights that sparkle the entire structure of Perlan for the entire city to see during the nights. This visual experience is something that you absolutely cannot miss.

Perlan museum in Reykjavik Iceland

See around Perlan

Öskjuhlíð Hill, where Perlan is located, offers scenic views. It is covered with more than 176,000 trees. Those who long for floral beauty can have fun at this exquisite hill. Take a walk around the hill and enjoy the fresh air in the middle of Reykjavik. You will most likely see wild rabbits wandering around the hills with you. Perlan is located in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík, so there is plenty more to explore in the nearby area. Reykjavik is a stunning city with breathtaking visuals and lush greenery. 

Best Season to Visit Perlan

All seasons are great for visiting Perlan, since it is easily accessible in all weather. The views from the balcony in Perlan are extraordinary during the high winter season when you can see snow on the tress, mountains and nearby rooftops. During the evenings you might even see the norther lights dance above you. During the summer time the midnight sun never ceases to amaze. All seasons are great to visit Reykjavik and you can stroll around the city on your own, or hire a professional tour guide to show you all the best spots. We recommend carrying a camera to capture the picturesque locations around Perlan.

Perlan museum in Reykjavik Iceland

Hotels to Stay around Perlan

You can find an array of hotels and guest houses to stay in Reykjavík with all sorts of facilities. Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura offers modern quarters and a separate dining space and is located nearby Perlan. It also features a pool and a fitness center. Fosshótel Rauðará is another great option offering rooms on a shared basis and a food court. If you have your friends along, this is a fine place to stay. Hlemmur Square is just a kilometer away from Perlan and is a great place if you are looking for a stay at affordable prices. 

Perlan museum in Reykjavik Iceland

Perlan on a map

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