The island of Viðey in Kollafjörður Bay, just outside Reykjavík Harbour is a historic place. Archaeological investigations on the island in recent years have revealed evidence of settlement as early as the 10th century. The ‘father of Reykjavík’ Skúli Magnússon built the mansion and the church on the island in the late 18th century.

The Icelandic Government presented the City of Reykjavík with Viðey on the city’s 200th Anniversary on August 18th, 1986.

Viðey Website


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IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is lit on the following dates:

09 Oct – 08 Dec
21 Dec – 31 Dec
18 Feb
20 Mar – 27 Mar
John’s birthday to death day
Winter equinox to New Year’s Eve
Yoko’s birthday
Spring equinox (J&Y’s Honeymoon)

It is lit from roughly 1 hour after sunset until midnight – except John and Yoko’s birthdays and New Year’s Eve, when it is lit until sunrise. On October 9th and March 20th, it lights at 8pm.


IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will be relit during a peaceful ceremony on 9th October, John Lennon’s birthday.

Like previous years, Yoko Ono invites all to attend the ceremony, providing free boats to Viðey Island. The program starts at 19:00 by Viðeyjarnaust and the evening will be memorable, serene and beautiful. Musician Snorri Helgason will play, and the Graduale Nobili Choir will sing for guests next to the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER under the direction of Jón Stefánsson. Guests of all ages can leave wishes on Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree. Light refreshments and warm drinks are available.

The free ferry boat runs from 18:00 to 19:30 and the city of Reykjavík offers free public transport from Hlemmur bus station to/from Skarfabakki where the ferry departs. The first bus goes at 18:40 from Hlemmur and after that every 20 minutes until 19:40. After the ceremony the first ferry departs from Viðey at 21:00 and the buses will run in tandem every 20 minutes.

From 10th October, IMAGINE PEACE TOWER guided tours start running every evening from Skarfabakki for approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. They unite history, art and nature in an interesting manner and give a deep insight into this magnificent work of art. The price for the IMAGINE PEACE Tour is 5.000 ISK per person and pick up from hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavík area is complimentary, and occurs 45 mins before the ferry departs.

Ferry times from Ægis­garður are 8pm (Oct 9-Dec 8, Feb 18) , 6pm (21,22,27,28,30 Dec), 4pm (31 Dec) and 8pm (20-26 March).

For bookings call +354 555 3565 no later than 16:00 the same day.

Our winter schedule offers trips to Viðey on Saturdays and Sundays.

Viðey House Café is open according to the schedule for our guests to enjoy lovely refreshments after walking around the island.
Walking paths in Viðey are easy for all and hikers have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful view over Reykjavik City and surroundings. On the eastern part of the island the history of the village and the fishing company placed there a century ago is made accessable and alive with information posters.Two magnificent works of art can be found on the west part of the island; Richard Serra´s Afangar and Yoko Ono´s IMAGINE PEACE TOWER.

For more information, go to the Elding website.


How to get to Viðey by ferry

Access to Viðey is by ferry from Skarfabakki harbour in Reykjavík.

Winter schedule 2012-2013
Weekend scheduled ferry from Skarfabakki pier in Sundahöfn harbour from September 1st to May 14th 2011:

From Skarfabakki pier to Viðey (Saturdays and Sundays):
13:15 – 14:15 – 15:15

From Viðey to Skarfabakki pier:
13:30 – 14:30 – 15:30 – 16:30



Daily departures at 20:00 from 9 October to 8 December

Extra departures:
20 to 26 March at 20:00


Schedule from Reykjavik Sundahofn harbour (from May 15th until September 14th).

To Videy from Skarfabakki – Sundahofn harbour:
11:15 – 12:15 – 13:15 – 14:15 – 15:15 – 16:15 – 17:15
Duration of the sailing: 5 minutes

To Videy from Reykjavik Old harbour:
Duration of the sailing: 20 minutes

From Videy to Skarfabakki – Sundahofn harbour:
11:30 – 12:30 – 13:30 – 14:30 – 15:30 – 16:30 – 17:30 – 18:30
Later departures can be arranged for groups.

From Videy to Reykjavik Old harbour:

Bus No. 5 stops 300 meters from the harbor in Sundahöfn.

Our charming café is open on weekends according to the ferry scedule.
We offer various delights, where Icelandic traditions and fresh products from the island are served.


We are proud to announce that Hotel Holt is now operating the café, the restaurant and the catering service in Viðeyjarstofa Restaurant. The Gallery Restaurant of Hotel Holt has been the benchmark for Icelandic culinary excellence ever since it was opened 1965. The Café is open when the ferry is sailing and can be booked for groups at any time.

Viðeyjarstofa Café Menu

• Island bread roll with chicken salad, carrots, cumin & cucumber sauce 1350 ISK
• Herb rich Icelandic meat soup and toasted viking bread 2300 ISK
• Onion soup served in bread 1450 ISK
• Hot dog – the Icelandic way 350 ISK
• Beef sandwich with fried potatoe and sauce Bernaise 2450 ISK
• Grilled sandwich with ham and cheese 650 ISK
• Waffle with homemade strawberry jam and cream with hot chocolate 1200 ISK
• Icelandic pastry specialities 200 ISK
• Icelandic chocolate cake 300 ISK

Contact us at [email protected] for further information.


On the map of the Earth planet, Iceland is a country situated in the northern
most part of our world. It is an ideal location from which to cover the Earth
with enlightenment and love.

Iceland is a magical and beautiful country. The electrical energy source for the
country and for the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is geothermal – water, instead
of oil. No pollution. No war. This is just one of the incredible situations that
creates the magic of Iceland.

Right now, light is what the world so desperately needs, since, in varying
degrees, we all live in darkness of fear and confusion of the polluted world.

This column of light in Iceland will not be extinguished. It is the eternal flame
we send out to the world and the universe to give light and warmth, and the hope
and conviction that our dreams can come true.

I hope the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will give light to the strong wishes of
World Peace from all corners of the planet and give encouragement, inspiration
and a sense of solidarity in a world now filled with fear and confusion.

Let us come together to realize a peaceful world.

I dedicate this tower to John Lennon.
my love for you is forever.

Yoko Ono

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