Videy Island

Videy Island, Reykjavik: Address, Phone Number, Videy Island Reviews: 4.5/5

Videy Island
4.5
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Viðey Island - Peace, beauty, history An island, where art, history and nature lie just beyond the city shore. The combination of stunning views, historical ruins and contemporary art pieces make Viðey island something special. Just a short boat ride takes you to another world, to be explored in your own time. From nesting birds and panoramic views to Yoko Ono's famous 'Imagine Peace Tower' and Richard Serra's 'Milestones', you'll discover an oasis of peace, beauty and history. Close to shore, but a world away. Daily sailing during the summer but only on weekends during the wintertime. Viðey is part of Reykjavík City Museum: One museum in five unique places.
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heatherquick
Chicago, IL100 contributions
Aug. 2021
I went over to the island to walk around and read the history. Free toilets on the island. Nice cafe in an old building with good food. When I was ready to leave I took the ferry back to the old harbor instead of where I started. Could see the peace tower from the ferry as well as walk to it on the island.
Written 8 August 2021
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Andrijana
Luleå, Sweden3 contributions
Aug. 2021
A great hiking tour and wonderful landscape! I enjoyed beautiful fresh air! The footpaths are generally not demanding, especially in the northern part of the island. Walk around the island at slow pace takes approximately three hours.
Written 8 August 2021
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lonewolf44
Kingston upon Thames, UK1,253 contributions
Jul. 2021 • Solo
A ferry from either the old or new harbour gets you to Videy in minutes. Until 1941 there was a vibrant little community living and working here, helping supply Reykjavik with milk and eggs and with a lucrative fishing industry. Now no one lives on Videy permanently but traces of its hey day remain. The first things you see as you pull in to the harbour are the little church and the larger old stone house (now a restaurant). It takes longer than you might expect to walk round the island on foot but go east and you will find the old school house and the foundations of houses in the village and remains of the docks. Go west and you will find the site of Yoko Ono's peace memorial and the isthmus connecting to the smaller Western island. There are great views to be had across to Reykjavik too.
Written 31 July 2021
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Brian D
Denver, CO1,991 contributions
May 2021
The ferry ride is fun and a short trip to get to the island. This is really a must-visit site in Reykjavik. The bird watching is incredible, a real bird lover's paradise. There are birds everywhere and a huge variety of different birds all located on one island. The visit is very inexpensive and worth the price. If you enjoy bird watching, you will want to schedule 2-3 hours or more to hike around the entire island. There are clearly marked paths that guide you around the island, right up next to the birds and their nests. Don't worry, the birds will let you know when you are getting too close! Even if you aren't a big fan of birds, the hiking trails are still fun and offer some great views from the cliffs around the entire island. There are also some buildings and historical places of interest. There are nice signs all around the island letting you know what you are seeing and the history behind the sites. Fun for one or the whole family...don't miss it!
Written 21 June 2021
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Prjonajona
Grayling, MI56 contributions
Feb. 2021
Peaceful walk on the island. Despite the rain we enjoyed ourselves and had a cup of coffee in the cafe.
Written 23 February 2021
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Malgorzata
10,702 contributions
Jun. 2019
A beautiful little island in Reykjavík, it is only accessible by ferry. So, if you want more peace in peaceful Reykjavik you should take ferry to Videy island. Videy was inhabited for about 40 years , till 1941 and the life there was really hard. Now there's almost nothing left . Just a few minutes from Reykjavik center, but you feel like you are in a different world. A good place for a leisure walk, watch the nature and take a deep breath od fresh air.. Make sure to read weather forecast before going. It could be extremely windy. There are nothing more there, than a single restaurant, Videyjarkirkja church , Imagine Peace Tower. Regarding the ferry timetable, consult the Elding Ferry homepage. Nice trip just a few minutes away from the city, ideal to calm down.
Written 21 March 2020
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Bohemian_me84
Calgary, Canada1,555 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Friends
Most beautiful place ! This cute little island is
Home to many birds that makes it very popular with bird watchers . It has the oldest stone building in Iceland on it that was original dairy farm now it’s lovely cafe ! Little church is breathtaking ! Paths and beaches are for sure a must ! You can’t go to Iceland and not to
Visit .
Written 4 March 2020
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Móheiður H
Edinburgh, UK17 contributions
Feb. 2020
As far as islands go it's not so great. I have been there but the commute was unpleasant and the weather abysmal.
Written 23 February 2020
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alice_lenthe
West Chester, PA281 contributions
Oct. 2019
A short ferry ride from downtown Reykjavik but find another world on Videy. Easy trails, terrific views of Reykjavik and beaches and ocean too. Definitely worth the time but if you do not have a car, the bus lines do not run to the ferry dock in the winter. We walked from the closest bus stop (about 15 minutes) and were glad we did. The John Lennon Peace Memorial is also there - we went back at night to see it lit (separate review).
Written 19 January 2020
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Richard L
United Kingdom44 contributions
Dec. 2019
It's a very short ferry-ride from Reykjavik, but feels a million miles away. A small, incredibly tranquil island caught between the modern city and the craggy cliffs across the water. It was a beautiful experience to simply walk around enjoying the peace and quiet.
Written 15 December 2019
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