"Tj÷rnin - the ReykjavÝk pond." Top 5 Page for this destination Lake Tjornin Tip by Regina1965

Lake Tjornin, ReykjavÝk: 32 reviews and 95 photos

  The geese.
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  • The geese. - Reykjavík
      The geese.
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  • The swans, geese and ducks being fed. - Reykjavík
      The swans, geese and ducks being fed.
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  • Tjörnin - Fríkirkjan and Hallgrímskirkja - Reykjavík
      Tj÷rnin - FrÝkirkjan and HallgrÝmskirkja
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  • The swans, geese and ducks on the opposite side. - Reykjavík
      The swans, geese and ducks on the opposite side.
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  • The uninvited sea-gulls. - Reykjavík
      The uninvited sea-gulls.
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The ReykjavÝk pond, Tj÷rnin, is right in the city center, by the City hall and stretches from LŠkjargata to Hringbraut and Tjarnargata. It is divided in two by a bridge. On the southern side there is a park, Hljˇmskßlagar­ur, and in the summer time we turn on the fountain there. It used to be a big fountain, but as it is almost always windy here in Iceland, then passers by were getting soaked by the fountain, so now it is less than half its original size. There is not much activiy in Hljˇmskßlagar­ur park, but there is a newly opened (2010) cafÚ there in the summer time to get more people to visit the park. Right across the street of Hljˇmskßlagar­ur and Tj÷rnin is the University of Iceland and the National museum.

On the northern side of Tj÷rnin is where most of the swans, geese and ducks are and that is where we go feed them. In Icelandic we call it "a­ gefa brabra" meaning "to feed brabra (baby talk for ducks)" and we say that even as grown ups. During the winter time when the pond freezes you can go scating there, but the northern courner is left unfrozen because of the birds.

Especially in the summer time the sea gulls come and ruin the whole tradition, there can be more sea-gulls on Tj÷rnin than there are swans, geese and ducks. In addition to eating all the bread they eat the ducklings so we have been reduced to shooting them to get rid of them. We have stopped that though. They used to be here only in the summer time but now some of them seem to stay all year round here. The only thing that can be done is to forbid feeding of the ducks when the ducklings are very young, so that the sea gulls will have to look for food else where.

The aggressive geese here have all but taken over. There used to be mainly ducks and swans here, but now the geese are everywhere - and they poo a LOT, the paths are covered in poo and the main area where the ducks are fed is covered in their poo :( It is getting way too filthy and even though it is cleaned regularily it is in vain.

But taking a stroll around Tj÷rnin on a sunny day is lovely.

I add a website of Tj÷rnin live :) And here is a a 360░ view of Tj÷rnin pond.

Address: Tjarnargata and LŠkjargata
Directions: Tj÷rnin is located in the very center of ReykjavÝk, by the City hall.
Website: http://live.mila.is/tjornin/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 3, 2013
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