Perlan Museum Glacier & Ice Cave Exhibition

Discover a frosty wonderland inside Reykjavík city with an ice cave exhibition in Perlan Museum. This exhibit brings glaciers to the city centre with a 100 metre (300 ft.) one of a kind, man-made ice cave. Travellers wanting to experience an ice cave without leaving the city should not let this opportunity pass them by. 

The world-class exhibition centres around glaciers and climate change. Guests first enter a fascinating photo exhibition on recent volcanic eruptions in Iceland by Ragnar Th., one of Iceland's best-known photographers. Then guests enter the foyer of the exhibit where they will be given a brief introduction on how ice and snow have shaped Iceland's cultural heritage.

From there, guests enter the Ice Cave, which is a 100-meter man-made ice tunnel showcasing the interior of a glacier with blue ice, ash layers, glacier crevasses and a moulin or a glacier mill. Guests are urged to use their senses, not only to watch but to feel the cold, to touch the ice and to listen to the sounds of the glaciers.

After going through the tunnel, guests enter the second part of the exhibition; an interactive educational display on glaciers and their future, with Vatnajökull glacier as the main subject.

Visitors will learn about the magnitude of glaciers in Iceland, how many they are and how different they are. The centrepiece is an interactive wall helping guests to better understand the forces of the glaciers and the volcanic activity under them. Finally, there is a section on climate change and the effect global warming has on glaciers, Vatnajökull in particular.

Perlan is a glass-domed building that was built around large water tanks on the highest hill in the city, providing a fantastic view of Reykjavík from an observation platform.

Included in the admission fee is a visit to the 360° Reykjavík observation deck on the top floor of Perlan. From the platform, you can see mountains and the ocean, volcanoes, geothermal areas, and a glacier. 

The Perlan Museum is one of the biggest attraction in Reykjavík. As well as operating a magnificent museum on Icelandic natural wonders, it also holds a fantastic restaurant and a café with a great view of the city.  Perlan museum is a must-see for all visitors of Reykjavík.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Apr.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Ice Tunnel
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00,

Departure location:
Perlan Museum ticket desk
  • Entrance to the Glacier and Ice Cave Exhibition

  • Entrance to the 360° Reykjavík Observation Deck

  • Warm vests for the Ice Cave

  • Food

  • pick up

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Camera

Good to know:

The Ice cave is -10°C (14°F) so we recommend bringing a jacket but we lend our guests vests free of charge to keep warm.


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