Tjornin Pond Reykjavik

Tjornin Pond

Reykjavik has a nice little lake near the city center that is perfect for a stroll. It’s known as Tjornin Pond, but it’s big enough to be called a lake in my opinion. Hljómskálagarðurinn is a park located at the pond. A variety of birds, flowers, several sculptures, and peace and quiet can be found at the pond and park. Buildings around the lake give the area a decidedly European flair.

Hljómskálagarðurinn Park was Reykjavik’s first formally-planned park, reads an informational sign at the park. In 1901 the town council set the land aside for the park and in 1908 a design was submitted to the council. Refuse and ash were used as landfill for the construction of the bridge over Tjornin, which was not exactly popular with the populace due to the stench. In 1914 the first trees (400 birch saplings) were planted. A pavilion was built at the park in 1923, the first building in Iceland to be built specifically for music. The Reykjavik Brass Band has been based there ever since.

Location at Google Maps

Tjornin Pond Photos

Above: Graffiti is pervasive in Iceland and the park is no exception.

Jónas Hallgrímsson (November 16, 1807 – May 26, 1845) was an Icelandic author, poet and naturalist.

Hallgrímskirkja can be seen from the pond.