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Videy Island

Reykjavik, Iceland (Háaleiti)
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Ranked #29 of 81 attractions in Reykjavik
Type: Historic Sites, Islands
Traveler Description: Videy Island is opposite the New Harbour in Reykjavik (where the Cruise ships moor).  It is accessible from the new Harbour (5 mins) and once a day... more »
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sheffield uk
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Beautiful little island, windswept but with fantastic views and lots of wild birds. You get there by a little 'ferry' but it only takes 5 mins. If you have a rejkyavik card the ferry is free....as is the bus to get you there,the no.5. The bus stop is announced but it looks like an industrial estate but you can just... More

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

A great way to spend the day. We had a beautiful sunny warm day in March but if the weather is inclement you may want to wait. The ideal time to go would be in the Summer. You could spend the entire day and still not have enough time walking and exploring. It's cheap, fun , and easy.

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Videy, Manager at Videy Island, responded to this review

Hello Thomas, We are glad that you had a good day on Viðey island and especially that you had such luck with the weather! Hope you can come someday in the summertime. All the best from the Viðey team. More

Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
43 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

My partner and I took the (very) short Ferry ride across to Videy and it was a day well spent! We had a gorgeous day and it was a treat. Some people may be put off by the fact that there isn't a lot to DO, but there is a lot to SEE, and it was just so relaxing to... More

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Videy, Manager at Videy Island, responded to this review

We are happy that you enjoyed the peace and quiet on Viðey island and you are absolutely right – it‘s a good place to relax. Thank you for your kind comments. All the best from the Viðey team. More

Stevenage, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

You have to get a boat from a remote dock in the industrial area that goes every hour. It was too cold to wait so we walked back which was a good hour. I did get one of my favourite photo.s of Iceland. The fact the peace light was there didn.t draw us enough but if you wonder down to... More

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Videy, Manager at Videy Island, responded to this review

Hello Ryryboy, Thank you for your comment. We're sorry that you didn't make it over to the island, mayby next time! The ferry sails from Reykjavik's old harbor in the centre at noon, and this summer the plan is to sail more often from down town Reykjavik. So it will hopefully be easier for tourists to jump on the ferry... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I had the luck of ferrying over to Videy one evening in June on a special guided art tour with a curator from the museum (I found it in the local paper listings for the week). Myself and a group of other artists traipsed around the whole island mostly exploring the site-specific Richard Serra piece (oh and Yoko too -... More

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Videy, Manager at Videy Island, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comment. It's really nice to know that you were happy with the guided art tour. Videy is full of surprises - be welcome anytime! All the best from the Videy team. More

Brussels, Belgium
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

I had the luxury of visiting Videy early June 2013 while on a business trip. We had the most lovely barbecue organised for us in the wooden restaurant at the tip of the Island, with ocean view to the midnight sun... so special! But even without this special diner, I think the Island is well worth a visit.

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Videy, Manager at Videy Island, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind comment. We're really glad that you had a good time on Videy island and be welcome back someday! All the best from the Videy team. More

Lancashire
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

As our northern lights trip was cancelled we ran down to the harbour and booked on this trip. There was only 5 of us, a boat driver and a guide but we really enjoyed it. The guide was a lovely young chap and made the trip very interesting. Seeing the Imagine Tower up so close was brilliant for me being... More

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Videy, Manager at Videy Island, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comment. We are really happy that you had a good time on the island. It can get pretty cold bu sometimes the cold is a part of the charm :) Allt the best from the Videy team! More

Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
29 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Popped over to see Yoko Ono light the Imagine Peace Tower so didn't see much other than crowds although South Iceland choir was fantastic and blue light impressive.

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Videy, Manager at Videy Island, responded to this review

Hello, We're glad you came to take part in the Illumination of the Imagine Peace Tower. We were incredible lucky with the weather and happy about the whole thing and so was Yoko Ono herself :) Never before have there been so many people on the island to participate in this peaceful ceremony. It seems like this event is only... More

Toronto, Canada
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188 reviews 188 reviews
130 attraction reviews
367 helpful votes 367 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

I wouldn’t suggest you make this a priority destination, unless you’ve exhausted other activities in the city. This might be worth the ferry trip if there is an event taking place on the island. We went out of curiosity on a not-so-great weather day, so perhaps this soured our impression a bit. We checked out the Imagine Peace Tower, walked... More

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Videy, Manager at Videy Island, responded to this review

Hello, We're truly sorry that you weren't happy with your trip to Videy island. You are right, the weather might play a part on how you experience things. Since you were here we have put up an interesting exhibition at Videyjarstofa. Now you get a better sense of all the history that has happened on the island throughout the centuries... More

Reykjavik, Iceland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Well, maybe the 15 min (or what was that?) boat tour is interesting enough, but I would't give a dime to return. Not even the hike around the island is interesting enough - sorry, that's just my opinion. The old house / restaurant is not worth the trouble either.

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Videy, Manager at Videy Island, responded to this review

Hi Diane, We're really sorry that you were disappointed with your trip to Videy. It's a quite island with a rich birdlife and history and you are right, there isn't much organized activity other than to walk around and experience the nature and the history. On the other hand, we just finished putting a beautiful little exhibition at Videyjarstofa and... More

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