Welcome to Viðey

Little Viðey was settled around 900 and was farmed until the 1950s. It was home to a powerful monastery from 1225, but in 1539 it was wiped out by Danish soldiers during the Reformation. In the 18th and 19th century several significant Icelandic leaders lived here.

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Viðey activities

$14.04 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

The Settlement Exhibition Admission Ticket

Visit: The Settlement Exhibition, Reykjavik, Capital RegionThe Settlement Exhibition - Reykjavik 871± 2 deals with the settlement of Reykjavík. The exhibition is based on scholars theories on what the heritage sites in central Reykjavík can tell us about the life and work of the first settlers. The focus of the exhibition is the remains of a hall from the Settlement Age which was excavated in 2001. The hall was inhabited from 930-1000. North of the hall are two pieces of turf, remnants of wall which was clearly built shortly before 871. This is one of the oldest man-made structures so far found in Iceland. Also on display are objects from the Viking age found in central Reykjavík and the island of Videy.A layer of tephra was deposited around 871 AD from an eruption in the Torfajokull area, about 400 km to the east. The layer was dated to 871, with a possible range of error or two years either way. The tephra plays a crucial role in dating finds from the early years of Reykjavik history.Various methods are employed to explain and interpret the remains of the building. In a reconstuction window are controls for calling up a three-dimensional image of how the hall may have looked. Building techniques are also explained. On the multimedia table is a large model of the hall, with diverse information on the archaeologists´ research findings and methods, the hall as it was, and the life and work that went on there. Two touch-screens give information about cultural affinities between different North Atlantic nations and the Vikings´ expansion and how they settled new countries. Those who are keen to learn more about the archaeological site or other aspects of the exhibition can call at the computer centre on their way out. An exhibition guide which discusses accounts of the exploration and colonisation of Iceland was published.

$178 Outdoor Activities

Imagine Peace Tower and Northern Lights on Videy island from Reykjavik

Imagine Peace Tower and Northern Lights on Viðey island from ReykjavíkEnjoy an evening tour dedicated to Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower on the historical Videy Island and finish off by watching the magnificent Aurora Borealis dance across the night sky.The tour sets off from the Old Harbour in down town Reykjavik and sails towards the magical world of Videy Island only a 20-minute boat ride away, where we take a guided walk to the Imagine Peace Tower and learn about this magnificent work of art. The view of Reykjavik by night is also not to be missed. Each year on John Lennon’s birthday 9th October, a beacon of world peace, lights up the evening sky in Reykjavik through 8th December, the day Lennon died.For guests interested in photographing the northern lights, Videy provides a stunning foreground subject. You’ll also be able to get better quality images on land than on board - especially if you bring a tripod! Our guide provides tips on how best to capture the elusive lights and you can head indoors at one of the island’s buildings to warm up or review your images on your camera. While the Imagine Peace Tower lights up the sky, the Northern Lights are still visible, giving you the chance to catch both simultaneously.