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Laekjartorg is a busy square in downtown Reykjavik

Laekjartorg, known as Lækjartorg in Icelandic, is a historic square in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland, where the major streets of Bankastraeti, Laekjargata, and Austurstraeti meet.

Because of how it connects the harbor, downtown area, and major shopping streets in the capital, and because it serves many bus routes, most visitors to Reykjavik will spend plenty of time admiring and traveling through Laekjartorg Square.

Explore Laekjartorg Square on one of many Reykjavik walking tours. Take this private three-hour walking tour in Reykjavik for an intimate and personalized tour of Reykjavik. 

You may also take one of these self-drive tours if you want to travel at your own pace, which always involves at least some time free in Reykjavik.

History of Laekjartorg Square

A canal used to run through Laekjartorg Square.

Photo from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by the Reykjavik Museum. No edits made.

Reykjavik is thought to be Iceland's first permanent settlement, and Laekjartorg was soon established as a bustling marketplace for farmers. Its name, meaning "brook square," pays homage to the stream that once flowed here into the sea.

This stream, which later became a canal, was part of Reykjavik's infrastructure into the 20th Century before becoming an underground feature to make space for modern roads and buildings.

As the Industrial Revolution took over Iceland, the square became an integral, central part of the growing city. Today, Laekjartorg Square is a vibrant public space, rich in cultural significance, and a popular spot for locals and visitors alike.

Discover Laekjartorg Square

Laekjartorg Square houses Reykjavik's cathedral and parliamentLaekjartorg Square stands as a testament to Reykjavik's history and cultural evolution. Once a marketplace for farmers, today, it offers a blend of historical significance and modern sites. 

Now a redesigned space, Laekjartorg welcomes visitors to enjoy comfortable and safe surroundings, perfect for civic gatherings and events throughout the year.

Laekjartorg Square is often mistaken for Austurvollur Square, as the two are so close. Laekjartorg serves more as a commercial hub, while Austurvollur Square is home to the Reykjavik Cathedral and the Althing parliament, the longest continuous-running parliament in the world.

Getting To Laekjartorg Square 

Laekjartorg Square is conveniently located in downtown Reykjavik, making it easily accessible by foot or public transportation. The bus routes 1, 3, 6, 11, 101, 103, 106, and 111 all stop here.

If you're driving, it's part of the city's central area, but there is no parking on the square itself.

For those exploring Reykjavik, Laekjartorg Square is a short distance from major landmarks like the Reykjavik District Court, Laekjargata Street, and the famous shopping street of Laugavegur. The square is a key feature in the bustling city center, providing a gateway to the pedestrian shopping street Austurstraeti.

Laekjartorg Square is around (32 miles) 52 kilometers away from Keflavik International Airport, and about 1.9 miles (three kilometers) from Reykjavik Airport.

Nearby Attractions to Laekjartorg Square

Hallgrimskirkja Church is within walking distance of Reykjavik.Laekjartorg Square serves as a central hub for both locals and visitors. Within a short walking distance from the square, you'll find a variety of attractions.

Iceland's iconic and tallest church, Hallgrimskirkja, is about 2,953 feet (900 meters) away. Take a stroll towards this architectural marvel and enjoy panoramic views of Reykjavik from its observation deck.

The Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, around 1,148 feet (350 meters) away, is a modern concert hall that hosts a variety of cultural events. The walk along the waterfront from Laekjartorg Square to Harpa offers picturesque views of Reykjavik Harbor, where you can find charming shops and seafood restaurants and even embark on boat tours to explore the surrounding waters. 

The Reykjavik City Hall, approximately 1,312 feet (400 meters) away, is a contemporary building located by the Tjornin pond. Admire its unique architecture and check for any ongoing exhibitions or events.

Reykjavik has a famously colorful road called the 'Rainbow Road.'Delve into Iceland's rich history by visiting the National Museum of Iceland, around 1.2 miles (1.6 kilometers) away. The museum offers fascinating exhibits covering the island's heritage and culture.

For a unique perspective of Reykjavik, venture to Perlan, around 1.9 miles (three kilometers) away, situated on Oskjuhlid Hill. This museum houses a rotating restaurant and an observation deck, providing breathtaking views of the city and its surroundings.

On your tour around Reykjavik, avail the Reykjavik city card, the card that gives free access to several city museums and galleries, as well as public transport and seven geothermal pools. You may also take the Reykjavik hop-on hop-off bus if you’re looking for an efficient and reasonably priced method of exploring Reykjavik and its major attractions.

Where To Stay Near Laekjartorg Square

There are plenty of places to stay in Reykjavik.For a convenient stay close to Laekjartorg Square, consider accommodations in Reykjavik's city center. Options range from luxurious hotels to cozy guesthouses, providing a comfortable base for exploring the square and other nearby attractions, offering a blend of historic charm and modern amenities.

The Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, Curio Collection By Hilton, seamlessly blends Icelandic history with modern amenities in a charming 1900s department store setting. Conveniently located near top attractions, the hotel offers uniquely Icelandic guest rooms with eclectic architecture and luxurious amenities, including a spa with a 19th-century stone wall and an award-winning restaurant and bar.

Apotek Hotel Reykjavík by Keahotels, offers a prime location for exploring the capital's attractions. The hotel features 45 luxury rooms with modern amenities and a restaurant serving a blend of Icelandic and European cuisine.

Hotel Reykjavik Saga is a centrally located, modern, and chic accommodation offering stylish rooms, a restaurant serving delicious meals, a fitness center, and a rooftop terrace for aurora hunting in winter or enjoying the midnight sun in summer. Its prime location makes it an ideal choice for travelers looking for a convenient and comfortable base to explore the city. 

Sand Hotel by Keahotels is a superior choice for boutique accommodation, offering unbeatable comfort, cleanliness, and facilities. Its central location provides easy access to museums, restaurants, and shops, making it perfect for travelers seeking luxury, modern design, and excellent customer service.

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