Перлан (исл. Perlan — «жемчужина») — городская котельная, здание с голубой полусферической крышей-куполом, находящееся на вершине холма Оскюлид (Öskjuhlíð), самом крупном холме Рейкьявика (Исландия). Незаселённый холм покрыт лесом, тем не менее, Перлан виден практически со всех концов города.
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.
Good food and good views. Didn't go in the ice caves but went on the 360 view, do not think this is worth the money. Much better to sit in the cafe and enjoy the views. After 9pm the top floor turns, however we were disappointed with how very slow it actually moves. Takes about 90 minutes to do a full rotation which is far too long for the size. If the floor rotated all the time throughout the day this would be better.
Visited a couple of times as our hotel was nearby and there is a free bus from Perlan down to Harpa in the city centre. We only went onto the viewing platform to take in the view. Perlan is one of the highest points in the area. Viewing platform only costs a couple of quid, but there is also a museum and an underground ice cave but the cost of that is about £25pp which is pretty steep. The place is quite iconic but to be honest was looking a bit tired on the outside. Good to visit for the view.
Chips / soup were great but expensive. Perfect, relaxing place to hang out in bad weather, nice shop selling same tourist stuff as most places on the island, amazing 360' views. Confused about pricing - you pay to see the views from outside, but it's free to see them inside... We didn't see the caves as they hadn't shown our driver what they were like, so he couldn't recommend, but great idea to convert an old industrial building into something of national interest.
Great place to see Reykjavik in very first moment. You can climb up the hill (or by car) and then go at the top of the Perlan and see beautiful view of the city. There is also little store and restaurant so you can do shops and eat something either.
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
A very interesting place. When we went the ice cave was open and there was a museum of glaciers but I believe it all changes every now and then. The cafe was reasonably priced for Iceland.
I only went for the restaurant. The exhibits were closed as they were doing renovations inside during my visit. Apparently we went after something had broken and was effecting everything inside including the restaurant that want revolving. Overall the experience was great. They have great coffee, tea, and the burgers were pretty legit. They don't really sell iced green/black tea but we're more than happy to accommodate my request by brewing some strong green tea over ice. Very pleased with my visit, only 4 stars because of construction/renovations and not super clear instructions or a guide to tell us were to go.
Accessible look at the ice caves and glaciers of Iceland. The man made ice cave has a wide smooth floor, seems to be wheel friendly and definitely kind friendly. Some small spaces but the tour guide will get you to the exit quickly if you need. Informative look at the history and future of ice.
Very nice Museum. Should definitely check out the observation deck. Food is great with many seats available and the environment is amazing. The ice cave was cool. Easy place to get to and the employees are very helpful and kind. The price for admission is great. If you want to a neat background into Iceland's formation, come here!
Amazing structure with views over the entire city. Great place to chill out and spend a few hours. They also run a free shuttle to and from the city so before you spend a while walking up... Like we did, make sure you hop on! Great sunset views from up here too!! Would definitely recommend to anybody spending some time in Reykjavik.
A museum with information about the history of Iceland (with good pictures), and a beautiful 360 degrees viewing deck to see the land from above (though a part of it was closed during our visit). The museum itself is quite small (would take about 30-60 minutes to see it all), but the real attraction here is the glacier cave. Like walking into a freezer, the glacier cave shows you what it would be like if you were inside one of these monoliths, and the sheer power of these giants which cover the island. Very subjective whether worth admission.
I don't regret going, but the ice cave (though interesting and taking a longer "path" than I was expecting) didn't have enough of a "real" feeling to make it a worthy substitute when visiting Iceland in summer. I've been to three ice caves in Iceland and all of them were spectacularly beautiful - I highly recommend visiting Iceland during "ice cave season". Overall Perlan is interesting, but there were fewer exhibits than I was expecting, and the views are better from the Hallgrímskirkja tower IMO. Maybe if you plan to dine there it's a worthwhile stop.
Note: Details added after inquiry by Edda, to make review more helpful. There are 2 distinct entries in Google Maps for Perlan, 1 for the Museum, 1 for the landmark, here is our experience with the 'landmark' ( full disclosure, we did not visit the museum exhibits). We visited the viewpoint, located at the top of the building, as we were told it was one of the best views of Reykjavik. As far as we are concerned, the view is 'okay', and nothing more. Visibility was good for several kilometers, but we were not able to see distant landscape (maybe it would add some spectacular to the view). You will need to pay to access the viewpoint. In our opinion, the view was not worth the money we spent. Restaurant under the dome adds a nice 'cachet', however when we visited, it was closed for a private event, and could not be accessed. Maybe that paying the 'full access' and visiting the exhibits would make the experience better, but based on our experience, it's just 'okay'.
Loved this place. Originally built to store volcanic thermal water for heating Reykjavik. Now opened as a museum. It has a very nice restaurant/cafe on top floor with fantastic views of Reykjavik & across sea. Great for taking photos from balcony. There are pay as you go telescopes on balcony also.