Photo by Zoonar Dagmar Richar/age fotostock
Despite being so close to the harbor and the ocean, Reykjavik’s city lake (Tjörnin) has a charm and atmosphere all of its own. Bordered by a main road on one side, and a string of pretty, colorful residences on the other, the natural, stone-edged pond is home to a community of ducks, swans, and geese that hang out here even in winter. A popular morning-after strolling spot to clear the cobwebs after a night out, it’s also often busy with local families and visitors who come armed with bread for the waterfowl—just beware of the seagulls, who can be aggressive. The nearby Reykjavik City Hall Scale is also worth a look for its huge 3-D relief map of Iceland, which features clearly marked glaciers, volcanoes, and fjords.
By Paul Sullivan, AFAR Local Expert
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Tjörnin, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland