Perlan Ice Cave & Museum, The Best View in Reykjavik
360 Views Across Reykjavik From Perlan
When we heard about Perlan offering the best panoramic views across Reykjavik, we knew we had to go and take a look for ourselves. Perlan is a museum and restaurant with observation deck. They offer a free shuttle service daily which leaves from the Harpa Concert Hall between 9am and 5:30pm. If only we would have realised this before walking in -4C for 40 minutes to get there!
Beware if you’re visiting in winter like we did, the winds build up very strong in Reykjavik, making them bitterly cold to stand out in. Being the keen photographer that I am I really wanted to make the most of the observation deck and our time outside. Eventually though my hands became too numb to work my camera and we had to dash back inside to warm up. The staff were incredibly accommodating and were more than happy to allow us to warm up for five minutes first before heading back out to finish enjoying the views. It's from here you can see across the entire city, picking out focal points like Hallgrímskirkja church.
Accessing The Ice Cave & Museum
When you arrive you’ll be promoted towards the visitors desk. From here you can buy tickets for either the ice cave and museum, or the observation deck. If you’re just wanting to grab a coffee or something to eat, you can head straight to the top floor. The observation deck is definitely worth paying for to get the ultimate experience from the top.
Dedicating an afternoon to our visit left plenty of time for us to enjoy both the museum, ice cave and observation deck. The ice cave is an accurate replica of an ice cave you’d find in a glacier. Temperatures reach -10C inside and you’ll be guided through; allowing plenty of opportunities to explore alone and take photographs. If you’re not already wrapped up against the cold weather outside, or maybe you’re visiting in summer - they do offer free cloaks to keep you warm.
How Much Does it Cost?
It’s worth paying for a combined ticket to cover both the museum (and ice cave) and observation deck. Like most things in Iceland, this wasn’t the cheapest but it was certainly worth paying for. We paid around £22 each (3078 ISK) for an adult ticket covering all access.
Perlan museum is open 365 days a year from 9am until 7pm. So you’ve no excuses not to go and visit!