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Perlan

Head to Reykjavik’s famous glass dome for the Wonders of Iceland exhibition, 360° city views, and much more.

Perlan: Our most recommended tours and activities

Perlan - Wonders of Iceland and Áróra Northern Lights Show

1. Perlan - Wonders of Iceland and Áróra Northern Lights Show

At Perlan you truly get to know Iceland, an island born of fire and ice. You feel the forces of nature and learn how Iceland was formed. Explore seabirds in a lifelike cliff and go on a cinematic underwater journey around Iceland. You explore the world’s first real indoor ice cave and learn all about glaciers at an interactive exhibition. The Icelandic Museum of Natural History also has an interactive and engaging exhibition at Perlan. There, you discover the mysteries of water in Icelandic nature; its unique features, life, and qualities. Finally, sit back in a first-class Planetarium to go on a virtual journey through the sky and experience the amazing Northern Lights all year around.

Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 24 or 48-Hour Ticket

2. Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 24 or 48-Hour Ticket

A modern, trendy and forward-looking city that is at the same time rooted in nature, Reykjavik offers the best of both worlds and is a magical place to visit. Your 24 or 48-hour ticket gives you access to the city on a hop-on hop-off tour with on-board multi-lingual commentary. Mount Esja keeps lookout over this northernmost capital, and on a sunny day the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier appears crystal-like and baby-blue on the western horizon. Take in sites such as the Reykjavik harbor, the Town Hall, the National Gallery of Iceland, the Pearl Hallsgrimschurch, and the Laugardalur thermal pools and spa. The tour stops along the route are as follows:  1- Harpa Concert Hall  2- The Old Harbour 3 - Viking Maritime Museum 4 - Whales of Iceland 5 - National Museum 6 - Laekjargata 7 - Laugavegur Shopping Street 8 - Reykjavik Art Museum 9 - Hallgrimskirkja 10 - BSI Bus Terminal 11 - Perlan 12 - Kringlan Shopping Centre 13 - Hilton Reykjavik Nordica 14 - Laugardalur Valley 15 - Skarfabakki Harbour (summer only) 16 - Hofdi House

Perlan: Áróra - Northern Lights Planetarium Show

3. Perlan: Áróra - Northern Lights Planetarium Show

Experience a world-class Planetarium which is the first one of its kind in Iceland. Áróra - The Northern Lights Planetarium Show is built inside one of Perlan's hot water tanks and features a state-of-the-art 8k projection and 7.1 surround sound system. Áróra is a piece of art that brought together Iceland's most notorious writers, musicians, and photographers. Embark on a journey, through the unique landscape of Iceland, to observe Northern lights as you've never seen them. Travel across time and space, to understand the science behind the mystery, and the stories that have been believed for millenniums.

Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus

4. Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus

Take a trip to visit the most significant places in the capital and surrounding towns. Journey to visit the presidential residence at Bessastaðir and the town of Hafnarfjörður, where you will learn of how the “hidden people” and humans live together in harmony. Next visit Reykjavik to enjoy the spectacular views at the restaurant Perlan, which is built on water tanks holding the city’s hot water supply. Afterwards it’s on to Höfði house, where the all-important meeting between former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and former U.S.S.R. Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev took place in 1986. Then visit the ancient Hallgrímskirkja church and the old town centre. You will find that the Icelandic parliament, Alþingi, and the town hall are situated here. The final stop of the day will take you to the sports and recreation area in Laugardalur. Here you can explore the impressive geothermal heated outdoor swimming pool, and discover sculptures crafted by Ásmundur Sveinsson.

Reykjavík City Sightseeing & Golden Circle Express

5. Reykjavík City Sightseeing & Golden Circle Express

Combine the Greater Area Reykjavik Sightseeing and Golden Circle Express tours, and make the most of your day out exploring Reykjavik and Iceland. Start your tour of Iceland's capital city with a visit the Presidential Residence at Bessastaðir and Hafnarfjörður, the town where humans and the "hidden people" of Icelandic legends live together in harmony. Stop at Perlan Restaurant, where you have an incredible view over Reykjavík and its surroundings. You'll also visit Hallgrímskirkja Church, the University area and the Old Town Center, where you can see the Alþingi–Iceland's Parliament. You'll have free time to have lunch and explore colorful Reykjavik on your own before continuing on to the Icelandic countryside and Þingvellir National Park, renowned for its historic legacy and geological intrigue. Marvel at the unique and barren landscapes of the geothermal area surrounding the spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur, then see majestic Gullfoss glacial waterfall. After a full day of sightseeing, head back to Reykjavik over Hellisheiði mountain, taking in the incredible scenery.

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What people are saying about Perlan

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 519 reviews

The whole building with the dome is awesome! There are exhibitions about nature on 4 floors. Volcanoes, underwater life, flora and fauna. With films, exhibits and even an ice cave with -15 degrees. The Northern Lights demonstration was also great!!! In addition, you have a great view of the city from the panoramic terrace. If you visit Reykjavik you should definitely visit it if possible, it's really worth it :)

Can only recommend. You can get off the bus along the route and get back on the next one. You can use them for 24 or 48 hours depending on the ticket. This way you get a good overview and then explore everything.

The best thing was that the hop-on hop-off bus was right at the cruise terminal and you could save yourself the expensive transfer of the cruise company!

Great modern fun museum with lots of interactive stations and a great Northern Lights show

Hieno kokonaisuus Reykjavikista. Sntoi hybän käsityksen kaupungin nähtävyyksistä.