Information about Perlan

A snow-covered Pearl

Perlan ('The Pearl') is a museum and rotating glass dome built on top of six water tanks that together store 24 million litres of Reykjavík's hot water. Surrounded by trees, Perlan stands on top of Öskjuhlíð Hill and is one of the capital's most distinctive landmarks.

History & Construction

The building was originally designed by architect Ingimundur Sveinsson and in 1991, the hot water storage tanks that had stood on top of Öskjuhlíð since the mid-20th-century were updated when the hemispherical glass dome structure was added on top. The project was largely curated by politician Davíð Oddsson, during his term as mayor of Reykjavík. 

One of the six water tanks does not store any water. From 2002-2014 it housed a Viking-history museum, but currently, the tank envelopes an exhibition called 'Jöklar og Íshellar' ('The Glacier Exhibition of Iceland') which showcases Iceland's glaciers and ice caves. An adult ticket to the exhibition costs 2,900 ISK and includes complimentary entrance to the viewing platform. 

At night, the water tanks are lit up by floodlights that illuminate the construction for all of the city to see. On top of the dome is a rotating light which serves to signal the aeroplanes that fly to and from the nearby Reykjavík Domestic Airport. 

Museum & Sightseeing 

The very first Glacier Exhibition of Iceland opened in Perlan in July 2017. The project features a replica of an ice tunnel, where visitors are offered a glance into the past, present and future of the Icelandic glaciers.

Further plans for the site are to create a grand-scale museum of natural wonders, with several ambitious nature exhibitions expected to open in the coming year. These include Iceland’s first planetarium, which will make use of the 360° dome to offer an immersive experience of the stars of the night sky. Additionally, exhibitions called 'Land, Coast, Ocean' and 'Northern Lights' are set to open in 2018. 

Currently, the observation deck on top of Perlan offers an impressive and panoramic view of the city and its surroundings, with Adult tickets available for 490 ISK. The venue is one of the best spots to see the city, but it is quite difficult to reach from central Reykjavík without a car. Another option is the hop-on City Sightseeing bus that goes between all the major sights of Reykjavík.

On the fourth and fifth floors of the building, the dome itself hosts the restaurant Út í bláinn, the café Kaffitár and the gift shop Rammagerðin. Outside the entrance, there is a man-made geyser, Strokkur, named after its real-life counterpart in the geothermal valley of Haukadalur.

The surrounding woodland of Öskjuhlíð boasts of several scenic hiking trails and cycling routes, along with the remains of multiple military bunkers that were built by the US army during its WWII occupation in Iceland.

Services near Perlan

All services in 50km radius

Attractions nearby Perlan


Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and the northernmost capital of a sovereign state in the world. Despite a small population (120.000 and more tha...



  Nautholsvik beach is a highly popular resort, located southwest of Oskjuhlid in Reykjavik. Nautholsvik offers great opportunites for for...



Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran church, located on top of hill Skólavörðuhæð in the centre of Reykjavík. At 74...


Laugavegur (street)

  Laugavegur is the main shopping street in Reykjavik, located in the city centre. Laugavegur starts from Bankastraeti in the west and joins Kr...


National Museum

  The Icelandic National Museum, located at Sudurgata 41 in Reykjavik, displays objects providing a great insight to the nation's cultural h...


Sun Voyager

The Sun Voyager (Sólfarið) is a large steel sculpture of a ship, located at Sæbraut by the seaside of central Reykjavík. T...



Kópavogur is a municipality in the Capital Region of Iceland. It is the largest town of those surrounding Reykjavík City, as well a...



  Asmundarsafn in Laugardalur valley in Reykjavik is a museum dedicated to the works of Icelandic sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson. Along with the ...



  Laekjargata is a street in central Reykjavik. The street has some of Reykjavik's oldest houses and features several cafés, restaura...



  The small and charming Domkirkja church is the central Lutheran church in Iceland.  The Domkirkja is situated at Reykjavik's main pu...



The Alþingi is Iceland’s longest running and highest institution of government, having been formed amidst the stunning beauty of Þin...



  Austurvollur is a public square in the centre of Reykjavik and a popular gathering place. Around the square are cafés, clubs, sho...



  Dynjandi (meaning ‘thunderous’), at the end of Arnarfjordur, is the most powerful waterfall in the Westfjords and breathtakin...


Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre

Harpa is Rekjavík’s premier concert hall and conference centre. Opened in 2011, it was designed by a collaboration between Danish-Icela...


Whale Exhibition Center

The Whale Exhibiton Center is a floating information and exhibition center at Reykjavik harbor. The Whale Exhibiton Center is focused on informing it...



  Laugardalur valley is an area  in Reykjavik. Among its attractions are the remains of the old washing pools - from which the valley ...



  Ellidaa is a river inside the Reykjavik area. Its source are two smaller rivers in the Blafjoll mountain range and the Hengill area that flow ...



  Bessastadir is the official residence of the president of Iceland and is situated in Alftanes, near Reykjavik. In the 19th century Iceland&&#;...



Búðir is a small hamlet in the municipality of Snæfellsbær on the westernmost tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The ha...



From the Skarfabakki pier at Sundahofn harbour in Reykjavik (around 5 km from the center) you can take a ferry to Videy island in Kollafjordur bay. V...


Tours near Perlan

Greater Reykjavík Area Sightseeing Tour

Reykjavik and around Sightseeing tour On this tour you will visit various significant places in......


The Golden Circle & Reykjavik Sightseeing | See Iceland's most Famous Sites

This great tour offers a combination of the Reykjavik City Sightseeing and Golden Circle Express......


Reykjavik Sightseeing and Blue Lagoon Trip

This great tour offers sightseeing in the Greater Reykjavik area, and a trip to the famous Blue......


Reykjavík City Sightseeing by minibus

On this tour you will see the The old Höfði house where the all-important summit between the......


十一黄金周 | 8天7夜 | 冰岛环岛中文导游精品团 - Winter Offer



限时促销:十一黄金周 | 8天7夜 | 冰岛环岛中文导游精品团



Blue Lagoon and Reykjavík Sightseeing

Get to know the ins and outs of Reykjavík city on this fascinating sightseeing tour and end the......


Reykjavik City Private Helicopter Tour with Mountain Top Landing

Own your surroundings with this fantastic private helicopter tour over the charming city of......


Private - Reykjavik Sightseeing tour

Just arrived to Iceland and you can’t check in into your hotel room, why not use the time and......


Reykjavik ScooTour. The only reason to spend 90 minutes in Reykjavík.

Walking through downtown Reykjavík is a task for anyone. Too many tourists, and lots of......


Reykjavik City Sightseeing and Beer Tasting

Discover the greater Reykjavík area on this fun and informative sightseeing tour, and end the......