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Viðey island off Reykjavík shore.
Viðey is an island off the shore of Reykjavík and it only takes 5 minutes to sail there with Viðeyjarferjan ferry. It is 1,6 km2.
In Viðey was an Augustinian monastery from 1235-1539 and excavations have shown that Viðey was inhabited in the 10th century.
In Viðey one can find the oldest stone house in Iceland, Viðeyjarstofa, built by Skúli Magnússon, Iceland's first treasurer, in 1755 as his residency. Skúli Magnússon is called by our Icelanders "The Father of Reykjavík".
Skúli also built the church in Viðey, which is the second oldest church here, built in 1754. The fixtures in the church are original and amongst the oldest in Iceland. When I was visiting there were some Icelanders in the church with 3 kids who went berserk in the church, sic.
Amongst other Icelanders who have lived in Viðey is Ólafur Stephensen, our first prefect, and he held many splendid feasts here in Viðey. His son bought the island from the king and started a printery in Viðey. Later residents of the island run a large farm there and others built a small village here. People lived in Viðeyjarstofa until 1960.
So you can see that Viðey was a lively place in the olden times.
There is a restaurant now in Viðeyjarstofa, which is open every day from May 15th - 31st of August from 11:30-17:00. And from September 1st - May 14th only during the weekends form 13:30-16:00.
There are many good walks in Viðey and here is John Lennon's Peace tower (see my next tip).
The ferry leaves from Skarfabakki. A return ticket costs ISK 1.000.
During the summer time from May 15th - August 31st there are many trips to the island, but during the winter time from September 1st - May 14th the ferry only sails to the island on weekends.
Not much to see,but it's possible to walk around the island in a peaceful atmosphere.The ferry only lasts for 5 minutes or so,but the worst is that the port (Sundahafn)is far away.You need a good plan going by bus.
Schedules from Sudahafn:11.15 12.15 13.15........up to 19.15
FROM videy:11.30 12.30 13.30..........up to 20.30
In a sunny day this is a nice location for a day trip.
The island is just few hundred of meters away from the shore, and has a beautiful old mansion with church (there is a bar in the house, and you have to visit the toilette in order to appreciate the nice furnitures in the interior of the building).
In the southern part there was a fishermen village of the time when a big fishing industry was located there. You can see the rest of the bulldings, but also lots of birds, as this part of the island is a sort of birds sanctuary.
On the other part of the island there are other nice walking paths, a tiny beach with basalt columns and a nice view over the Snaefells volcano just in fron of you
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