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Perlan

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

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Perlan - Wonders of Iceland Tour

1. Perlan - Wonders of Iceland Tour

Perlan is an iconic glass dome building sitting on the highest hill in Reykjavík. In Perlan you can visit an exquisite exhibition where you can learn about the wonders of Icelandic nature and experience them in a unique and unforgettable way. Visitors will feel the power of volcanoes, earthquakes and geothermal energy and see a 10 m high realistically rendered bird cliff, rich with bird and plant specimens. They will experience oceanic wonders and watch as whales swim below their feet. Walk through a 100-meter-long real Ice Cave, the first of its kind in the world and learn about Icelandic glaciers, their bleak future and the effects of global warming in an amazing interactive exhibition. Visitors can see, feel, and live Iceland’s many natural wonders all in one place. A perfect first stop on the trip to Iceland that is suitable for all ages. On the fourth floor of Perlan, a large observation deck lies on the top of the hot water tanks and encircles the entire dome to give an amazing 360° view of Reykjavík and the surrounding area. Access to the observation deck is included in the Wonders of Iceland Exhibition ticket. Following the visit to Wonders of Iceland and the observation deck, guests can buy souvenirs in Rammagerðin, one of the oldest gift shops in Iceland located on the fourth floor. On the fifth-floor guests can enjoy amazing cuisine and incredible view to all direction at Út í bláinn restaurant and Kaffitar Cafe.

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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.

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

3. 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

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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.

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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

4.2 / 5

based on 567 reviews

Very difficult to know bus rout from city center to correct stop at museum. Bus driver on #8 was rude and said he didn’t know where to stop. #8 from transerfer #3 at 11AM ON Thursday 9/09/2021. All other bus drivers were professional. I would highly recommend your museum tour , beautifully presented and informative. The entire experience was well worth the effort to get there and we will provide exact details to friends and family who visit and do not have a car.

It was great to do to see the city and it’s history. It makes it easier to see what sites to stop and hop off. Bus was clean and friendly driver.

The service was wonderful, always on time, we had a guy that spoke 5 languages, Pablo, he was so helpful an nice. I highly recommend this service

Perlan was the first stop on our Iceland adventure. I really enjoyed the different exhibits and the Ice Cave! A must for travelers.

very friendly staff and experiance was fantastic would recommend for anyone walking distance from the city centre