My new home?


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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.

For Gems Uploaded Aug 2010. Submitted with no features on 14th January 2011.

Reykjavik, Iceland. 6th June 2006.

Canon IXUS 40 (4mp).

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