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Hljómskálagarður park is a lovely park in the heart of Reykjavík. In it is the south-part of the Reykjavík pond and a lot of ducks, geese and swans which are all waiting to be fed. It is a popular park and recreation area in the summer time with a play area for kids and barbeque where you can bring your own food and barbeque in the park.
Hljómskálagarður park wasn't always a park as it used to be the Reykjavík dump for the most part of the 19th century.
There are a lot of statues in Hljómskálagarður park and a pavilion called Hljómskálinn where the trompet orchestra practises (see my photo). One of these statues is the statue of Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) and is the oldest statue in Iceland dating back to 1875. Bertel Thorvaldsen was one of the most sought after sculptor in Europe and made excellent sculptors for royalty and "famous" people. He was half Icelandic and half Danish. He is buried in Copenhagen by the museum there housing his work. He settled in Denmark like so many of our Icelandic people of his time, but spent a large part of his life in Italy. Bertel made this statue himself and it was first placed in Austurvöllur square. The people of Copenhagen gave us this statue on the 105th anniversary of Bertel which also marked the 1.000th anniversary of Reykjavík. The statue has been in Hljómskálagarður since 1931.
There used to be a big fountain in the pond, but due to the constant wind in Reykjavík people waking by got drenched, so now it is a much smaller fountain. There is also a small forest in the park, which is the first attempt in Iceland to plant a forest. And in the summer of 2011 cherry trees were planted in Hljómskálagarður park.
There have been plans for years of opening a café in the park, and I hope one day that plan will come into fruition. Now a café has been opened in the pavilion. It is called Café Hljómskálinn and is open every day from 11-22 during the summer time. It is lovely that there is finally a café in this park, but I wish to see another café or an ice-cream stall in the other end of the park so that it would become lively and visited by more people.
Address: By Hringbraut, Sóleyjargata and Bjarkargata, 101
Directions: From the northern end of the pond in the very city center, walk south and cross Skothúsvegur bridge (which is lit up in all kinds of colours).
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