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Perlan museum of Icelandic natural wonders
Explore indoor ice caves, and a simulation of Aurora, or the Northern Lights. The Perlan Museum Iceland is the nature museum in Reykjavik that offers a 360-degree observation deck, which is one of the best views in the city. Follow the Blue House Blog for more.

A Reflection of Nature

The concept for the Perlan Museum dates back to the 1930s, when Icelandic artist Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval envisioned a structure atop Öskjuhlíð hill that would reflect the beauty of the Northern Lights. Although his vision took shape in 1991, the essence of his poetic statement remains true:

“The temple’s sides adorned with mirrors, where the Northern Lights may dance at men’s feet. Its roof, bedecked with rainbow-colored crystals, and a beacon of light shining in all directions. The building itself, reflecting the light of day and the signs of the night.”

Attractions at Perlan, the Nature Museum of Reykjavik

Now, let’s explore the five main features that make the Perlan Museum a must-visit destination in Reykjavik:

Forces of Nature: Immerse yourself in captivating sensory exhibitions that bring the power of volcanoes, earthquakes, and geothermal energy to life. Experience the underwater journey section, where you can intimately observe Icelandic marine life on the screen.

Manmade Glaciers and Ice Caves: Discover the fascinating world of glaciers and step inside the first-ever indoor ice cave. This remarkable 350-ton ice cave spans an impressive 100 meters. Learn about the impact of global warming on glaciers and the environment.

Planetarium: Prepare to be amazed by the award-winning Northern Lights simulation and breathtaking space projection. It’s an experience of a lifetime that surpasses the offerings of the Aurora Museum.

Water in Icelandic Nature: Dive into the “Water in Icelandic Nature” exhibition, where you’ll learn about the vital role of water in Iceland’s wildlife and its significance for an environmentally conscious future.

360-Degree Observation Deck: Head to the top of the museum and behold the awe-inspiring 360-degree view of Reykjavik, with majestic mountains stretching into the distance. It’s a sight that will leave you breathless.


Perlan museum of Icelandic natural wonders
Courtesy of Perlan

When’s It Open?

The museum is open from 10-18. There’s a cute little coffee shop open 10 – 18, and a fine dining restaurant with an amazing view (temporarily closed). Perlan Ice cream shop is open 12-18. More information is available on their website.

So, gear up for an unforgettable journey at the Perlan Museum Iceland, where wonders of nature and captivating exhibits await. And don’t forget to take in the breathtaking views of Reykjavik from the observation deck. Get ready to be amazed!

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