Visit the beautiful Viðey Island from Reykjavík by booking this tour. Those who want to spend a few hours in one of the city’s most natural, peaceful, historical and cultural places should not miss this opportunity.
For this tour, you will reach Skarfabakki pier in the capital city, board a ferry, and take the twenty-minute journey over to Viðey Island. Though a short trip, as soon as you disembark you will feel as if you’ve journeyed far into nature.
It is easy to walk around the island in a few hours, just remember to dress warmly and wear decent shoes; in winter, temperatures regularly go below freezing, and the weather can be quite unpredictable.
The main attractions on Viðey are the artworks. Internationally renowned artist Richard Sierra has a work called ‘Milestones’ which is spread across the island, but more famous is the Imagine Peace Tower. Conceived by Yoko Ono, it represents the message of world peace and honours John Lennon. It is lit from his birthday to the day of his death, and at other special occasions.
Viðey also has some of the oldest stone buildings in Iceland. Although currently not inhabited, the island has a long history, as it was here that some of the earliest arrivals to Iceland settled.
There are beautiful viewing points on Viðey Island, where you can marvel over the stunning surrounding nature, as well as at Reykjavík. In clear weather, you will be able to see the flat-topped mountain Esjan and the two peninsulas that enclose Faxaflói Bay, Reykjanes and Snæfellsnes.
There is a café on the island where you can purchase refreshments before taking the ferry back to Reykjavík. Whenever you are on the ferry, keep your eyes on the sea, as you never know if there is a harbour porpoise or pod of white-beaked dolphins under the surface.
Visit Viðey Island to enjoy its nature, artwork and history. Check availability by choosing a date.