My new home? by ellismorleyphto

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As seen from the deck of the QE2 as we were coming in to berth in Reykjavik… I would have said the most isolated (and certainly coldest outside of June and July!) house that I have ever seen… then I saw a neighbour to the left… even further out on this peninsular. (Update: correction, this is an island, not a peninsular)

As for the new home… I am very used to living on a high street and think of the bugs that would appear over there and think of the winter… maybe I should stay where I am?! :-P

Little did I know when I added the title, this area with the church is actually sometimes referred to as Home Island.

Here is a website excerpt

Videy is the largest island of the Kollafjord Bay (1,7 km²) with its highest point rising 32 m above sea level. It is divided by a short isthmus and the western part is called The West Island. The larger part, with the church and the Videyjarstofa Restaurant, is called The Home Island and the southeastern part is called The East Island. About two million years ago the central volcano of Videy was active and a vast caldera had been created. When the volcanic activity ceased, the wind-, water- and glacier abrasion set in and continued until the undulating, hilly landscape as we see it nowadays was fully shaped.


The Videyjarstofa house, where the restaurant is now, was built in 1755 and is thus the first construction made of stone and cement in the country. The church was consecrated in 1774 and is the second oldest one still standing. The island became the seat of the first Icelandic treasurer and later the first Icelandic sub-governor. In the beginning of the 20th century the country’s first harbour for ocean going vessels was built on the eastern part of the island and a hamlet developed there.


Special thanks to Ólafur Már Sigurðsson for telling me that this was a place called Videy.

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Reykjavik, Iceland. 6th June 2006.

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  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture and what beautiful countryside. Looks awesome !!

  • Thankyou, Sean!! Yes, the house was on a really narrow peninsular and as anyone who tried to travel this year will know, Iceland is volcanic so the mountains are generally dark and foreboding… and awesome of course!

    Thanks for stopping by! :-D

    – ellismorleyphto

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot! It looks fantastic there!

  • Thanks Trish! I wonder how long it would take to get there? I doubt that road would be the quickest option or that boat would be the safest… I guess that’s the point of the place ;-)

    – ellismorleyphto

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 4 years ago

    In your dreams :-)

  • Yeah, hehe… although after thinking about it for all of 5 minutes I realised it would be a bad dream ;-)

    Now since having moved to a high street and being 2 minutes from a Tube station, having a 24 hour bus service AND a night bus I KNOW it would have been a bad decision ;-)

    Thankyou for stopping by! :-D

    – ellismorleyphto

  • Corkle
    Corkleover 4 years ago

    I could handle that place to call home. Very nice simple shot, Joanne!

  • Thankyou! This was as close as my 4mp camera would let me get… maybe I just need to go by cruise ship again when I get my 800mm lens ;-)

    (which costs about $20000 in the UK… so no, not happening!!)

    Nah I’ll get to Reykjavik by plane next time, I think :-)

    – ellismorleyphto

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoover 4 years ago

    Ah, the Vikings would have loved to have seen this simple sight

  • Not enough to pillage, surely? ;-) Thankyou for stopping by, Phil! :-D

    – ellismorleyphto

  • SummerJade
    SummerJadeover 4 years ago

    Beautiful and serene!! But I think it’s a bit too isolated for me, too. Wonder if they have a good internet connection?? ☺♥♥♥

  • LOL… I am not sure! I wonder if you were willing to live in such an isolated place if you were interested in 24/7 access to the outside world?

    Realistically, I have a feeling that this could be a purpose built building… I think it probably isn’t by the harbour mouth for nothing… so who knows? If it’s something to do with shipping it would have internet and satellite and all sorts. If when I do get back to Iceland and I have a drivers licence by then, I could see if I could drive out there and find out ;-)

    And Bubblemail you if I have access ;-)

    – ellismorleyphto

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 4 years ago

    Truly magnificent. WOW!!!

  • Thanks Robin!! :-D

    – ellismorleyphto

  • erwina
    erwinaover 4 years ago

    i’d love to live in iceland!

  • Hmmm… not sure I could live there for too long but I could definitely spend some months there touring! My íslensk could be improved upon for sure! :-D

    Thanks for stopping by! :-D

    – ellismorleyphto

  • sewcrafty
    sewcraftyover 4 years ago

    It looks peaceful and COLD! There shouldn’t be many bugs there :) they would freeze to death LOL!

  • Cold? On the 6th July? Hmm, well OK I had ::checks photo:: a t-shirt a thin cardigan and a fleece on…. but also sunglasses… despite that it was fairly summery! You’re right though: if that peninsular was half as cold as it was in Akureyri (our next stop where we took a bus to a waterfall) it would definitely be very very chilly and windy.

    As for the bugs…. never thought of it like that. I just see land buy water and think marshy which makes me think of spiders and things. :-P

    – ellismorleyphto

  • SwindonG
    SwindonGover 4 years ago

    only as long as I have visiting rights

  • Only if you bring your camera and come touring :-)

    – ellismorleyphto

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