Watch this video of Tjörnin, or the Pond, a shallow lake in the center of Reykjavík. Water flows into the lake from the Vatnsmýrin moors to the south of it and the outflow goes into Laekurinn, the Spring, which flows underneath the street Laekjargata and into the ocean.
Video by Jörundur Jörundsson and Páll Kjartansson. Narration by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir – [email protected].
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There are many interesting buildings by the Pond, including Reykjavík City Hall, the National Gallery of Iceland and the church Fríkirkjan. Hljómskálagardurinn, the only park in the city center, is also located by the Pond.
Hljómskálagardurinn, which translates as Music Pavilion Park, is popular for outdoor concerts. On July 2 the “Iceland Inspires” concert took place there.
There is a lively birdlife around the Pond and it is popular among city residents, especially the youngest generations, to take a walk to the Pond and feed bread to the ducks.
However, in recent years the birdlife by the Pond has been threatened by pollution and the progression of new type of vegetation in the area. City authorities have been criticized for their lack of action to protect the birdlife in Reykjavík.
In winter when the Pond is frozen, it is popular to go ice skating on the lake, play hockey or even demonstrate ice tölt on horses, provided the ice is thick enough.
Last year almost 20 horses and riders fell through the ice on the Pond during a horse show. Luckily, no one was harmed in the accident.
If you’re visiting Reykjavík, make sure to include the Pond on your sightseeing list. It is beautiful both in summer and in winter and is a distinctive landmark in Iceland’s capital.