I chose to go to Videy Island Viðey Island | Reykjavík City Museum (reykjavikcitymuseum.is) off Reykjavik on July 22, our last day. There is a 20 minute Ferry at Karfabakki pier at Sundahöfn harbour. We saw the Roosevelt, part of the U.S. 6th Fleet, leaving port.
There was only a few people visiting the island and it felt like we were far away from the city. There are nesting birds there. The island is not very large we did half of it. All would have been well except I decided to follow a dotted line on the map which was marked as a trail which turned out not to be a trail. What looked like a trail became nothing but huge grass hassocks which are very treacherous to step on and in between. It took two hours for us to negotiate our way out with Marc cursing me along the way for leaving the path.
Afangar is an art installation of standing stones in 9 locations. In 1990, Richard Serra completed the environmental work Áfangar (Standing Stones) on Viðey. 18 basalt columns which stand in pairs around the circumference of the western part of the island. The columnar basalt refers to the geological history of the island, and the placing and height of the columns flow with the topography of the island. Relationships with the environment is a recurring theme in Serra’s work.
We made it back to Reykjavik and I bought an Icelandic sweater at the Handknitting Association of Iceland. they had a huge selection and many sizes and I was able to find a zip-up sweater in a classical design without tight sleeves. It was very expensive and I love it. I also bought a lovely scarf to go with it.
Many years ago I was in Iceland for one day, courtesy of Icelandic Airways. What happened was they put me on the wrong flight so offered me a day in Iceland with a free bus tour, all I could drink, a smorgasbord, and a room. I was on my way back to New York from visiting my mother in London with my young son Amedeo. I bought a zip-up Icelandic sweater with broad beige and tan stripes with a matching hat at the airport. I had it for many years until I lost both. That brief visit gave me a taste for Iceland and I wanted to see it again properly. We sure did!