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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.

Perlan: Áróra - Northern Lights Planetarium Show

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

4.5 / 5

based on 96 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 :)

We really liked it after we had already traveled through Iceland for 3 weeks. Read/see/hear more about the creation of Iceland + more. There was always interaction, so it didn't become too much text. A great, informative experience. But you should definitely plan 3-4 hours if you want to experience everything and read in peace. ;)

Very interesting and allows you to know or revise the natural elements of Iceland (water-glacier-volcano etc). Well loved by the whole family and in addition a superb view of the city.

The entire planetarium a super organized event with many details. The small films on the binoculars are particularly nice for all age groups!

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