The Glaciers and Ice Cave Exhibition
Glaciers of Iceland, past and present. Learn about glaciers, their past, present and their bleak future in the city of Reykjavik. Come and experience the amazing 360° view high above Vatnajökull Glacier, the biggest glacier in Europe.
Experience the feeling of walking through a real glacier cave. This unique indoor ice cave is an accurate replica of an ice tunnel which is dug straight through a glacier. It is the first one ever built in the world, right in the city center of Reykjavík.
This is the first exhibition of the new Perlan Museum – Wonders of Iceland. The exhibition is built inside one of Perlan’s six hot water tanks. It illustrates the glaciers, their history and bleak future, and gives visitors the amazing opportunity to experience travelling through a real man-made Ice Cave.
We have developed a method to accurately replicate an ice tunnel which is dug through a glacier. It is the first indoor ice cave in the world, in the middle of Reykjavík. Travelling through the cave, visitors will learn about the glacier’s dangers, the secrets it keeps, and how the disappearance of our glaciers is leading to an enormous change for both Iceland itself and around the world.
What you need to know
The temperature inside the ice cave is -10C (14F).
It takes ca. 10-15 minutes to walk through the ice cave.
Take as many photos as you like.
You do not need special shoes for the ice cave.
We can lend you a vest to keep you warm.
Do not bring food or drinks inside the ice cave.
On the peak of Vatnajökull glacier.
Perlan Museum is open every day of the week between 9:00-19:00.
At the other end of the cave a staircase leads you up to the second storey of the tank, to the peak of Vatnajökull Glacier, with 360 degree view. There guests learn about Iceland’s glaciers, their effect on the land and what will happen if, or when, they disappear. Guests are also introduced to the unusual lifeforms that live on glaciers.