Tjornin

If you fancy a pleasant stroll in Reykjavik, there is no better place than Tjornin Pond in the heart of the city. Lined by a stone walkway and colorful houses on the western shore, families gather here to feed the ducks, geese, swans, Arctic terns and other birds found frolicking in the small lake.

During winter the natural pond freezes over and becomes a popular place for skating and ice-hockey. Buildings of note located on Tjornin Pond are Idno Theater which also has a coffee house and Reykjavik City Hall.

Tjornin pond is in fact a small lagoon next to a barrier peach. The pond's formation is attributed to the lagoon which was part of a reef that existed at the present location of Hafnarstræti. The pond is a home to some 40-50 different species of water birds and it is a favorite among the youngest part of Reykjavik population to feed the birds with bread. Such is the popularity that the small lake is often nicknamed "The world largest bread soup".

Prominent in one corner of the lake is Reykjavik's City Hall and looks as if rising from the lake. The lake is also a part of the Vatnsmyrin reserve, a protected moorland in Reykjavik, reaching from the Nordic house northwards to Tjörnin. Vatnsmyrin (which translates as the Water Marsh) is the water source for Tjörnin and the nesting ground for many species of water birds.  

 

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