Today’s quirky travel photo is of Videy Island (Viðey) just a few minutes’ ferry ride from Europe’s most northerly capital city, Reykjavik.
As you sail towards this tiny isle, two small white buildings can be seen. According to the official website (link above) Viðey Church, on the left, was consecrated in 1774. It is one of Iceland´s oldest churches and still has its original interior fittings. Viðey House was the first building constructed of stone in Iceland and a significant part of Icelandic architectural history.
During a whirlwind visit to Iceland I was lucky enough to have dinner in Videy House to celebrate easyJet’s new route to this intriguing country. We had a fine evening of tasty local food and listened to some traditional singing and story-telling. (You can book the Gallery Restaurant for a really special night out.) Its interior is simple with wooden floors, walls, sloping ceiling and beams, and in the basement there’s an interesting historical display. There are basic facilities for day trippers and both horses and bikes can be hired during the summer months.
Also on Viðey Island is the Imagine Peace Tower designed by Yoko Ono, which lights up the evening sky in Reykjavik from October 9th (John Lennon’s birth date) to December 8th (Lennon’s demise). It can easily be seen from the city and surrounding area.
The Peace Tower has been relit and will light the sky from Videy until Decemeber 8th so if you are in Iceland make sure you visit
WOW! That Imagine peace tower looks amazing! Are that real people holding hands around it or are they statues as part of the monument?
Sarah – Re the Peace Tower unfortunately it wasn’t lit when I went but the organisers sent me a link with that photo and I believe they are people gathered to celebrate peace and remember John Lennon 🙂 Yet one more wonderful reason to visit this quirky and friendly country.