If you fancy a pleasant stroll in Reykjavik, there are few better places 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 ice-skating and ice-hockey. Buildings of note located on Tjornin Pond are Idno Theatre which also has a café and Reykjavik City Hall.

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Tjornin – ‘The world’s largest bread soup’

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 Hafnarstraeti. The pond is home to some 40-50 different species of water birds and it is a favourite among the youngest part of Reykjavik’s population who like to feed the birds with bread. Such is the popularity that the small lake is often nicknamed “The world largest bread soup”.

Tjornin Pond and Reykjavik City Hall

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

GPS: 64.14362 N, -21.942018 W