You’d be hard pushed to find another capital as diminutive as Reykjavík, and a leisurely walk of just an hour or two will take you around almost the entirety of the centre. Such smallness accounts for the city’s lack of contrasting and well-defined areas: for convenience, we’ve covered the northern and western side of Tjörnin lake first, then continued with sights on the eastern side. These areas are split neatly by the road, Lækjargata, which runs from the lake’s eastern border, past Reykjavík’s main square, Lækjartorg, and down towards the harbour. Even the few things of note further out from the centre can be reached in a few minutes on public transport.

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