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Perlan, Reykjavik

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#6 of 123 in Museums in Iceland
A city landmark, Perlan features an exhibit space, shops, restaurant, and viewing platform. The ground-floor area, called the winter garden, hosts an exhibit about Icelandic nature. On the fourth floor, browse the store with an emphasis on Icelandic artwork. Walk around the building on the wraparound viewing platform, which offers a 360-degree look at the city and surrounding area. If you wander up to the top floor, you'll find a cafeteria and restaurant. The restaurant provides a truly special view of Reykjavik as it rotates each evening at 21:00. Plan to see Perlan and other attractions that appeal to you using our Reykjavik online trip builder .
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  • We did the Glacier Experience here, which is inside one of the storage tanks. We had a great guide, very informative and funny too! Very nice cafe, and great views of Reykjavik from the outside deck  more »
  • £21 to visit the ice caves and the 360° view is definitely worth it. The caves operate at -15° and the ice grows quickly in the cave frosting up some of the nicer looking clear ice. You get a ten minu...  more »
  • We decided to go to the Perlan to experience their glacier exhibit and get a view of the city. The view was beautiful. We were there on a cold and windy day so we didn't stay outside for too long. We ...  more »
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  • Beautiful place! We paid for the ice cave exhibit and had a wonderful time and got to learn new things as well. They have time slots for the exhibit ( can get to -5°F) so wear layers, they also have jackets that they offer if you need it, but they don't feel like they would provide much warmth. In the mean time you can go to the top floor and a get a 360° view of Reykjavik! There is also a cafe and souvenir shop on the top floor. While inside the exhibit you get to see some of the most amazing photography shots in Iceland. After a few minutes you will be briefed in some general rules about the ice cave and then head down. They have a replica of ice sheet that have ashes from several eruptions. Great places to take amazing group photos. Towards the end you get to learn more about Iceland ice history in a different exhibit. Overall an amazing learning experience!!
  • Very pricey for a small museum although what it's not expensive in Iceland?? The museum it's made of 4 sections, photographic exhibition, ice cave and small guided tour, an interactive area about glaciers and its ecosystems and, the views from the rooftop. The hike from the city is nice if you go by foot throughout the graveyard. The museum is clean and of modern design. I give 5 stars to the staff and specially to our tour guide Lola who was able to answer all my annoying questions with a smile, enthusiasm and professionalism.
  • The architectural design of the building is amazing. The exhibits are interesting and informative. The building features an observation deck that offers gorgeous views of Reykjavik and its surroundings. There is a nice cafe on the floor fearuring the observation deck. The building and the grounds are clean and well maintained. The staff is friendly and helpful. I visited in March of 2018.
  • The man made ice cave was really cool (and extremely cold. They keep it well below freezing to keep it from melting) and our guide was very informative and entertaining. The exhibits on climate change and its impact on iceland were also very good. Not to mention, the wrap around balcony up top gives a gorgeous view of the city and the bay
  • Museum in development. Main exhibit at present primarily an actual reconstruction of an ice cave... Yes dress up warm as it's -15° to -20° (warm overcoats available on req.) With an interesting guided tour.... On exit of cave a further interactive exhibition explaining glaciers, volcanoes and the geology /ecology there of. Also a roof viewing area giving you 360° views of Reykjavik.... Souvenir shop and restaurant. Free transport to and from various stops. An interesting couple of hours.
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