Located south of downtown Reykjavik and close to the domestic airport, Perlan (meaning the pearl) is a multi-purpose building with a planetarium style roof made out of glass. The top floors of the complex house a 360° outdoor viewing platform with great views over the whole of Reykjavik and there is also a restaurant, a café and a gift shop.
Glaciers of Iceland, past and present
This exhibition allows you to learn about glaciers, their past, present and their bleak future. Interactive panels, videos and a 360° stunning wall picture of the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull are some of the highlights of the exhibition.
Experience the feeling of walking through a real glacier cave. This unique indoor man-made ice cave is an accurate replica of an ice tunnel which is dug straight through a glacier. The ice cave is the first of its kind to be built in the world in the middle of a city such as Reykjavik. Perlan provide you with warm jackets for the tour if you’ve forgotten your coat!
A realistically rendered 10 metre model of Látrabjarg (one of the biggest sea-bird cliffs in Europe), brings you an augmented reality experience where you can see, hear and learn about the life of the millions bird inhabitants in this natural skyscraper.
Forces of Nature
Here visitors can see, hear and feel the power of volcanoes, earthquakes and geothermal energy. With a short, immersive video at the start, work your way around the exhibit learning about tectonic plates, volcanic systems and why earthquakes occur.
Located on the 4th floor, there is an observation deck which revolves around the main dome which allows for a complete uninterrupted views over the city of Reykjavik, out to sea and mountains and a close up of the domestic airport. The observation deck features informative panels describing some of the points of interest in the horizon.
The world-class Planetarium which has been built in one of the water tanks takes you on a fully immersive, virtual tour around Iceland, discovering the spectacular Icelandic natural sights and spectacles.
Price from: £28 per adult, £14 per child (6 – 17 years)
The price includes entry to the Glaciers & Ice Cave, Land, Coast and Ocean and the observatory on the top floor
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