Friday, August 14, 2015
I've known about the Imagine Peace Tower for some time, and knew it was in Iceland, but didn't realize that it was on Videy Island, just a super short ferry ride from Reykjavik. Once I had this knowledge, though, there was no stopping me from wanting to go visit! We looked up the ferry schedule and were quite confused that there were a couple of different ports with different days and times listed. Rich asked directions of a woman at the visitor center but she wasn't quite sure and told us which port she thought was right. I had a different idea, and then Rich and I were not understanding each other when we were talking about it, so we drove off to one port where we couldn't find a ferry or any information. Then we drove to the other one, which I was sure was not it, but it was. LOL Anyway, we were in a little bit of a time crunch because we'd decided we were going to drive the Golden Circle the same day and we had to be back across the water before it was too late. We had planned on staying only an hour at Videy Island but the ferry schedule was such that we would have to be there over two hours.
The ferry trip is literally just a few minutes!
Videy Island is considered an important historical site, with excavations that indicate there were people living here in the 10th century. It was also the site of an Augustine monastery from 1225 to 1539 and a popular destination for pilgrims during the Middle Ages.