Ferry to Videy Island | Departure from Skarfabakki Pier

Viðey Island in the depths of winter.
A map showing the attractions of Viðey Island.
The main activities on Viðey Island are hiking and biking.
Viðey from above on a summer's day.
The Yoko Ono Peace Tower helps to put Viðey Island on the map.
Viðey Island is a perfect place to bask in the midnight sun.

Cross the Kollafjörður fjord with this efficient ferry crossing from Skarfabakki Harbour, in Reykjavik, to the charming island of Viðey. This is a fantastic transfer opportunity for winter travellers looking to escape the Icelandic mainland for a day to explore one of this country's more isolated islands. 

The ferry crossing is the only means of accessing Viðey, the largest island in Kollafjörður Bay. The island boasts ancient ruins, one of the oldest's churches in the country and even Yoko Ono's Peace Tower, lit every year in remembrance for her late husband, the artist John Lennon. Fans of art will also find The Milestones Project, by American minimalist sculptor. 

It is popular among guests to explore the island by either foot or bike, with trails stretching the island's full length. Viðey covers a total of 1.7 square kilometres and has a permanent population of approximately 30 different species of birdlife. Some of these birds include Purple Sandpipers, Greylag Goose and Fulmar.

Aside from this, visitors to Viðey can stop for a little hot chocolate, coffee or tea at Viðeyjarstofa Café, one of the oldest stone buildings in Iceland. This café is open throughout the summer months and whenever the ferry is running, meaning it makes for a perfect spot for respite whatever time of year. Thankfully, the café also serves up some delicious food!

Viðey also boasts a wealth of natural delights, from eclectic birdlife to jet-black sand beaches to sloping hillsides, perfect for gaining a vantage point over the island, the Atlantic and, of course, the mainland. Make sure not to forget your camera for this priceless spot.

Don't miss out on your chance to board for a ferry to Viðey island and you too can experience the quintessential charms of authentic Icelandic community. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - May.
  • Duration: 5 minutes
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Faxaflói, Viðey, Reykjavík Harbour
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 13:15 14:15, 15:15,

You meet us at the departure location.
Viðey ferry terminal at Skarfabakki pier
  • Ferry from Skarfabakki to Viðey

  • Return ferry (can be to any of the three harbours (in summer)

  • Lunch and Dinner

  • Refreshments

  • Pickup from accommodation

What to bring:
  • Warm Clothing

  • Sturdy footwear

  • Hats, Gloves and Scarves.

  • Your Camera

Good to know:

The weather changes quickly in Iceland, so don't be caught unawares. It is always better to bring a sweater or dress in layers which you can remove if you are too warm.

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Ferry to Videy Island | Departure from Skarfabakki Pier

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