Reykjavik centre partly closed for traffic from 1 May

This part of Laugavegur will only be open for pedestrians.

This part of Laugavegur will only be open for pedestrians. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Árni Sæberg

Reykjavik partially closes parts of the centre to motor vehicles over the summer to make passage easier for pedestrians. The restrictions will start on 1 May.

The roads that will close is part of Pósthússtræti, part of Austurstræti, part of Laugavegur and part of Skólavörðustígur.

The city of Reykjavik has been closing of parts of the centre for some years now. This was much debated over the first years but according to recent polls 74% of Reykjavik locals are happy about the restrictions, and only 13% unhappy.

The centre of Reykjavik is not all that big. Space for pedestrians on the streets instead of cars makes it that more accessible.

“There will be benches and flowerpots put up in the street, to make the area more beautiful. Parts of Laugavegur will be painted, like last years and there will be a number of summer related projects in the area,” says a press release from the city.

Some streets have been painted in bright colours last summers.

Some streets have been painted in bright colours last summers. Photo: Reykjavik

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