The modern grey structure that seems to be floating on Reykjavik’s Tjornin Pond, is actually Reykjavik City Hall Building and houses the Mayor’s office and those of executive officials. Bold and modern, this impressive building in the center of Reykjavik, connects nature and water. It is designed deliberately to attract bird-life to the center of town.

The building was constructed in 1992 following an international competition won by architects Studio Granda. The location was not decided on a whim. For decades that particular site in the heart of the old city center. It had been pointed out as a prime location for such a building. The beautiful environment of Lake Tjornin was considered a worthy setting for a building intended to proudly symbolize the city’s status as the capital of Iceland.

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What can you find in the City Hall?

On the ground floor you’ll find a helpful information desk and internet access. The building is also put to use as a gallery. It hosts a steady stream of new and exciting exhibitions by local artists. Since January 2017 it also houses Reykjavik‘s official tourist information board.

Don’t miss the enormous and beautiful 3-D relief map inside. It provides a unique perspective of the entire island with its many volcanoes, mountains, craters, fjords and glaciers.

The pleasant cafe Ondin provides fantastic views of the pond and computers with free internet access.

GPS: 64.146186 N, -21.942437 W