Tjörnin is a prominent small lake in central Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Most visitors to the city pass along its shore, as it is situated in the city centre next to the Reykjavik City Hall and several museums. Tjörnin means "the lake" or "the pond". Tarn, meaning "mountain lake", is a northern English dialect word derived from the Norse word tjörn and its genitive/plural tjarnar. Bird feeding on the lake shore, a popular pastime, has led to the lake being called "the biggest bread soup in the world" (stærsta brauðsúpa í heimi). Tjörnin was the setting for scenes in the 2010 Icelandic movie Gauragangur.GeographyTjörnin is described as a lagoon next to a barrier beach. The lake’s formation is attributed to the lagoon which was part of a reef that existed at the present location of Hafnarstræti (a city street, "Harbour Street"). This street, which passes through the business section of the city, lies on the southern side of the lake and leads to the gardens. The Vatnsmýri marsh feeds the lake. The outflow from the lake is Lækurinn, previously an open water channel flowing through the city centre, but since 1911 part of the sewage system under Lækjargata. During the winter, the lake usually freezes periodically and is used for ice skating. Both banks of the lake are paved and terminate at the Hljómskálagarður (formally known as Tjarnargarður), a well-tended park decorated with statues to the south of the lake. The winding paths are frequented by joggers and cyclists. Notice boards along the shore give daily reports of the numbers of birds on the lake.To visit Lake Tjornin and get the most from your holiday in Reykjavik, create itinerary details personal to you using our Reykjavik online trip itinerary planner.
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Lake Tjornin Reviews
Beautiful lake in the center of downtown Reykjavík with lots of ducks. The ducks like to be fed, most people give them bread. But please don't feed the ducks from may-september because that will... more »
Tjörnin means "pond" or "lake" in Icelandic, so lake Tjörnin has the same meaning as the city of Baden-Baden. This is still a lake from a geological point of view. The lake is a place for a promenade.... more »
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The large lake in the middle of town is a great place to watch or feed birds. There is a nice walk you can do around the outside.
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