Built in 1988 on top of Oskjuhlid Hill, Perlan in Reykjavik is where beauty meets function as a glass dome sits atop the city’s reservoirs in six huge tanks, each with the capacity to hold over 4 million litres (1 million gallons) of geothermal hot water. Ingimundur Sveinsson designed the building.

What to do in Perlan?

There are many interesting things to do in Perlan such as visit the Wonders of Iceland exhibition, experience a 360 degree view of Reykjavik and its surroundings from the observation deck, or perhaps enjoy a panoramic cup of coffee.

Perlan – Wonders of Iceland

Perlan – Wonders of Iceland provides deep insight into Iceland‘s unique nature.

In the summer of 2017, Perlan opened the Glacier Exhibition, the first part of the Icelandic Natural Wonders exhibition, where you can learn about the history and the future of Iceland‘s glaciers. You also get the chance to experience walking through one of them. It’s a great experience, one we fully recommend.

The glacier exhibition tells the story of glaciers, their history and future, and gives visitors the amazing opportunity to experience travelling through one of them. The Museum developed a method to accurately replicate an ice cave dug through a glacier.

The Forces of Nature exhibit lets you see, hear and feel the power of our Earth. Volcanoes, earthquakes and geothermal energy comes alive at your fingertips. Other exhibits showcase Iceland’s coastlines, oceans and freshwater springs. A state-of-the-art planetarium features a show about the northern lights and their importance to Iceland.

Is the viewing deck accessible to public?

Yes, it is. Perlan has a 360 degree viewing deck on the fourth floor.  The viewing deck offers an awesome view of Reykjavik and the neighbouring communities and the mountain ranges around the city, e.g. the picturesque Mount Esja. On clear days you can even see the lofty  Snaefellsjokull mountain across the bay on Snaefellsnes peninsula.

Is there an entrance fee to Perlan?

Perlan is open every day of the week between 08:00am and 19:00 7:00pm). It is free to enter the building, but there there’s an entrance fee to the exhibition and the observation deck.