Beyond Bankastræti and on up the small hill is Laugavegur (hot spring road); local washerwomen once walked this way to the springs in Laugardalur. This is Iceland’s major commercial artery, holding the main shops and a fair sprinkling of cafés, bars and restaurants. Not surprisingly therefore, on Friday and Saturday evenings in summer it’s bumper to bumper with cars, horns blaring and with well-oiled revellers hanging out of the windows.

Top image: Laugavegur street during a snowstorm in the late evening, Reykjavik, Iceland © Nella/Shutterstock

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updated 26.04.2021

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