Iceland – Day 9

“Videy Island” - Reykjavik, Iceland

“Videy Island”  – Reykjavik, Iceland

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” 
― John Lennon

This was our final full day in the glorious land known as Iceland and we spent the day touring the city on foot, starting at the harbour front. I could not help but be entranced by the raw beauty of this place, even when surrounded by a bustling and busy European City.

Looking across the bay, my eyes were drawn to the vast mountain plateau and distant volcanic peaks that dominate the horizon. In front of this snowy majesty sits a small, uninhabited island known as Videy Island . You’ll notice a single large building. This is Videy House, now a restaurant and historical centre.

Something that I did not notice, when I was composing the photo, is the small white structure, just left of centre. It turns out that this is the Imagine Peace Tower and is an outdoor artwork conceived by Yoko Ono, in memory of her late husband, John Lennon.

It’s a tower of light designed to communicate to the world that peace and love is what connects us. It is lit every night from October 9th (John’s birthday) until December 8th (the anniversary of his death). It’s also lit on the Winter Solstice and New Years Day.

Sadly, while we were there, I was still under the weather and did not have the opportunity to see it lit up.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 170mm
1/400 sec, f/11.0, ISO 400

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4 Comments on “Iceland – Day 9

  1. That is a beautiful view. I hadn’t heard about the Imagine Peace Tower. I did see an art exhibit of the same name when it came through to our museum a few years ago. The Tower sounds like it would be lovely to see lit up.

  2. Just read through all of your Iceland posts. Great photos. I hope to be there in late March – husband’s health permitting – so found your information really interesting and helpful. Obviously, it will be a quite different season for us, but we’ll see what we can – hopefully including the northern lights.

    • March should be lovely as well. Northern lights are elusive and it a given. In our 10 days, 8 were overcast in the evening and the other two clear nights had low solar activity. We never saw them 😦

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