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. The building was designed by Ingimundur Sveinsson.

Perlan Museum

In the summer of 2017, Perlan Museum opened with Iceland´s first Glacier-exhibition. There you can learn about the history and the future of Iceland's glaciers, and of course, you will get the chance to experience walking through one of them. It's a great experience, one we fully reccommend.

The glacier exhibition, the first part of the Icelandic Natural Wonders exhibition, is on two storeys in one of Perlan’s six hot water tanks. It illustrates the glaciers, their history and future, and gives visitors the amazing opportunity to experience travelling through one of them.

The Museum has developed a method to accurately replicate an ice cave dug through a glacier. Nothing like this has ever been seen anywhere in the world. Travelling through the cave, visitors will learn about the glacier’s dangers, the secrets it keeps, and how the disappearance of these vast bodies of ice is leading to enormous change both on the island itself and around the world.

Observation deck

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 mt. Esja. On clear days you can even see the lofty Mt. Snaefellsjokull across the bay on Snaefellsnes peninsula.

Entrance fee

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