Viðey Ferry - from Skarfabakki
Ferry departure at Skarfabakki pier, about 5-10 min. drive from the city centre. Buses on route 16 and 12 go directly from Hlemmur Square to the ferry terminal.
During the summer there are daily ferry departures from Skarfabakki pier and the Old Harbour by Ægisgarður pier. In winter, the ferry runs only on Saturdays and Sundays from Skarfabakki to Viðey.
1 September - 14 May
Winter departures: Saturdays and Sundays 13:15, 14:15 and 15:15
Winter return ferry: Saturdays and Sundays 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30
15 May - 31 August
Summer departures: Everyday at 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 13:15, 14:15, 15:15, 16:15, 17:15
Summer return ferry: Everyday at 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30
Viðey island is a unique place that combines history, art and nature. It is only a few minutes away from the city by boat and is well known for its tranquillity and the spirit of bygone centuries. On Viðey you can enjoy all the unspoiled nature reigns which has a unique place in Icelandic history. Birdlife abounds on the island, while outstanding works of modern art also make their mark.
The island is home to the Imagine Peace Tower, designed by Yoko Ono as a tribute to her late husband John Lennon. The pillar of light symbolises their continuing campaign for world peace. Other noteworthy attention points are Viðey Church, Viðeyjarnaust Cabin, Viðeyjarstofa Café, the Old School House and the Water Reservoir.
The island is about 32 m above sea level, 1,6 km2 inn size and consists of Heimaey (Home island) and Vesturey (West island). Along the coastline you can see beautiful rock formations look out for the trap rock at Virkisöfði and Eiðisbjarg. There are 156 types of vascular plants, which is the equivalent of one third of Iceland's flora.
Þórsnes peninsula is protected during breeding season, from 1st May - 1st July. The most common bird to lay eggs on the island is the eider duck, but about 30 species travel from all over to raise their young there each year.
During the summertime, Reykjavik City Museum organises several events on the island. Check the itinerary for updates and information on the upcoming events this year.
Viðey is a national treasure that we need to take care of together. We ask all visitors to be careful around high cliffs, always walk along the paths and leave nests alone. Please respect the wildlife and nature on the island and make sure to recycle your waste.
- Return tickets
- Ferry from Skarfabakki to Viðey
- Return ferry can be to either harbour in summer
What do I need to bring
- Sturdy footwear
- Appropriate clothing
Children tickets (0-6 yrs.) are only free of charge when travelling with a parent or guardian. Up to three children tickets (0-6 yrs.) can be booked at a discounted rate per adult, per booking.
Kindergarten groups are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly to book onto the ferry.