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Lake Tjornin, Reykjavík: 32 reviews and 95 photos
The Reykjavík pond, Tjörnin, is right in the city center, by the City hall and stretches from Lækjargata to Hringbraut and Tjarnargata. It is divided in two by a bridge. On the southern side there is a park, Hljómskálagarður, 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 Hljómskálagarður park, but there is a newly opened (2010) café there in the summer time to get more people to visit the park. Right across the street of Hljómskálagarður and Tjörnin is the University of Iceland and the National museum.
On the northern side of Tjörnin is where most of the swans, geese and ducks are and that is where we go feed them. In Icelandic we call it "að 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 Tjörnin 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 Tjörnin on a sunny day is lovely.
I add a website of Tjörnin live :) And here is a a 360° view of Tjörnin pond.
Address: Tjarnargata and Lækjargata
Directions: Tjörnin is located in the very center of Reykjavík, by the City hall.
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