Explore indoor ice caves, and a simulation of Aurora, or the Northern Lights. The Perlan Museum Iceland also offers a 360-degree observation deck, which is one of the best views in Reykjavik. Follow the Bluehouse Blog for more.
A Reflection of Nature
The structural design for the Perlan Museum Iceland was originally thought of by an artist from the 1930s, called Kjarval. He wanted this building to be planted at the crest of Öskjuhlíð hill to reflect the Northern Lights. However, his vision wasn’t brought to life until 1991. Here’s the poetic statement he made regarding his vision:
“The sides of the temple should be laid with mirrors, so the northern lights could approach the feet of men – the roof should be decorated with crystals in the colours of the rainbow, and a beam of light should be on the ridge to shine in all directions. The building itself should reflect the light of day and the signs of the night.”
Attractions of the Perlan Museum Iceland
There are five main features that make this museum visit-worthy.
Firstly, there’s the ‘forces of nature’ section. Visitors are gifted with a display of nature-related sensory exhibitions. Expect to see, hear, and feel the force of volcanoes, earthquakes and geothermal energy. There’s also an interactive ‘underwater journey’ section located here, which gives visitors an intimate onscreen viewing experience of Icelandic marine life.
Secondly, there’s the manmade glaciers and ice cave. We know, why would anyone want to see a fake ice cave, right? But this exhibition is actually really interesting, and the indoor ice cave is the first of its kind. It spans a whopping 100 metres, and is crafted using 350 tonnes of Icelandic mountain snow. You also get to learn all about glaciers, and what global warming means for their future. It also shows the impact this will have on the environment.
Next up is the planetarium, which won multiple film festival awards in 2019 for its unique simulation of the Northern Lights, and a projection of space which people describe as an experience of a lifetime. All this praise has rendered the Perlan more popular than the Aurora Museum for learning about the Northern Lights.
Also, there’s the ‘Water in Icelandic Nature’ exhibition, which does exactly what it says on the tin. Learn all about our beloved aqua as it functions in Iceland’s wildlife, and how important it’ll be for an environmentally conscious future.
Lastly, at the top of the building, there’s the 360-degree view of Reykjavik (but you can see further mountains in every direction) which is really impressive.
When’s it Open?
The museum is open from 10-18. There’s a cute little coffee shop open 10 – 17 Monday to Friday and 12 – 17 on weekends. There’s also the Perlan Icecream shop open 12-22. More information is available on their website.
Which section of the Perlan Museum is more interesting to you? Let us know in the comment section below!