Mesmerizing 25-Minute Northern Lights Show at Perlan Museum in Reykjavik

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Perlan, Reykjavík, Iceland
25 minutes
All year
Minimum age
6 years old


Immerse yourself in the magic of the aurora borealis by watching a spectacular northern lights show in The Pearl Observatory at Perlan museum in Reykjavik. Those looking for a unique virtual experience should book tickets to the Arora northern lights show at Perlan today.

The show is in a dome theatre movie in Perlan’s planetarium. Travelers who purchase tickets should make their way to Perlan, located around two miles (three kilometers) southeast of the city center.

The Arora northern lights show is an unforgettable experience. As you take your seat in the planetarium, a 360-degree dome theatre with 150 seats, you’ll appreciate the building’s sophisticated modern design before the show even starts.

Arora is the perfect mix of art and science, seamlessly weaving facts and stories together to captivate the viewer’s attention. Iceland’s best-known scientists, writers, photographers, and musicians worked to create this world-class show, so you won’t want to miss it.

The Arora northern lights show boasts multiple International awards. For example, it won the Best Large Format Film at the 2019 Paris 360 Film Festival and Best Full Dome Film at the 2019 Baikal International Film Festival in Russia. 

When the show begins, it’s time to sit back and relax as you travel through the best Icelandic nature and outer space for a perspective like no other. Not only is this an impressive visual show, but it’s also educational. You’ll be able to see how the northern lights form in outer space and gain insights into the science behind them.

Seeing the aurora borealis is at the top of the list for many travelers to Iceland. However, the lights are an elusive phenomenon and are never guaranteed. The weather conditions and timing need to be just right for the sky to light up in brilliant splashes of purple and green.

Watching the Arora show is an excellent way to enjoy watching the northern lights dance around you in a mesmerizing display of vibrant color without worrying about the conditions. It’s a virtual experience guaranteed to impress and a fantastic bonus for those lucky enough to see the aurora borealis for real.

Your ticket includes entry to Perlan’s 360–degree observation deck as long as it’s open. Make sure you allow time to appreciate the panoramic vistas of Reykjavik and beyond from this strategic viewpoint. The deck’s information signs highlight several landmarks you’ll be able to see on a clear day from Reykjavik’s Esja mountain across to the Reykjanes and Snaefellsnes peninsulas.

The show perfectly complements Perlan’s exhibitions highlighting the forces of nature. Those who want to spend longer at the museum can immerse themselves in geological wonders, from earthquakes to volcanoes and geothermal energy. Other shows may have separate fees.

Get ready to experience the mystery and beauty of the aurora borealis at the Arora northern lights show in Perlan museum’s planetarium. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Entrance ticket to the Arora northern lights planetarium show
Access to Perlan's 360° Observation Deck (as long as it is open)




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