Laugarvegur is a charming and historical shopping street that runs through Reykjavik city centre with numerous shops, cafÚs, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Laugarvegur runs directly from down town ReykjavÝk to Laugardalur (e. hot spring valley). The name Laugarvegur means the road to the hotsprings or wash road, so named after the hot springs in Laugadalur were the women of Reykjavik used to do their laundry, the walk for them was about 3.5 km (2.2 miles) each way.
Laugarvegur is just over 2 km long (1.2 miles) however the most popular stretch is from BankastŠti street in the West to Hlemmur square in the East. As there is no visible distinction ,except small a small sign, where the two streets meet BankastrŠti is in the mind of many part of the Laugarvegur shopping street. For many year Hlemmur served as one of the city's main public transportation hub but now houses a popular food market. The main shopping street is 1 km (0.6 miles) long and will take you about 15 minutes to walk if you don't get tempted to stop by one of the shops or restaurants along the way or make detours into one of the side streets.
During good weather and weekends, Laugarvegur shopping street comes alive and fills up with people.
Shopping hours are usually from 09:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and 10:00 to17:00 on weekends but bars and restaurants are open much longer.