Top things to do in Viðey

Church in Viðey

Viðey Church

The second-oldest wooden church in Iceland, Viðey Church dates from the 18th century. Look out for the original decor and the tomb of the former owner of Viðey, Skúli Magnússon – he died here in 1794. Excavations of…
Public Art in Viðey


The western end of Viðey Island is dotted with 18 pairs of massive basalt columns. The work of environmental artist Richard Serra, they're designed to emphasise the island's contours, and provide a series of shiftin…
Monument in Viðey

Peace Tower

Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower (2007) is a ‘wishing well’ that blasts a dazzling column of light into the sky every night between 9 October (John Lennon’s birthday) and 8 December (the anniversary of his death). See…
Historic Building in Viðey


Just up from Viðey's harbour sits Viðeyarstofa, Iceland's oldest stone house. Icelandic Treasurer Skúli Magnússon was given the island in 1751 and he built Viðeyarstofa as his residence. It now houses a cafe.
Cafe in Viðey

Viðeyarstofa Café

Viðey's little cafe serves very basic versions of dishes like burgers, salmon and waffles. The food may be so-so, but the setting is bliss in the historic Viðeyarstofa, originally built by Icelandic Treasurer Skúli …
BBQ in Viðey

Viðeyjarnaust Day Hut

This cabin has a barbecue – bring all your own supplies.