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Faxaflói Bay

Faxaflói Bay

Faxaflói is the bay between the peninsulas of Snæfellsnes and Reykjanes in Southwest Iceland with the capital area situated on its southern shore. From Reykjavik it is possible to see the peninsula of Akranes and even the Snæfellsjökull glacier on a clear day at a distance of about 120 km. Faxaflói has always been a source of nourishment for the people living along  its shores. In earlier times, fishermen went out in small boats to fish off the shore. Today the ships are much bigger, but have to go farther out to sea if they wish to catch fish.

 Just north of Reykjavik in the bay is the small island of Viðey, inhabited since 1943 but with evidence of settlement since around the 10th century. During the 12th century a chapel was constructed, and a monastery was founded in 1225, existing until the final push of the reformation towards the end of the 16th century. 

The island is also home to the Imagine Peace Tower, a monument and light tower unveiled by Yoko Ono in 2007 in memory of John Lennon. Each year the monument shines bright from 9 October, Lennon's birthday, through 8 December, the date he was shot, and from the Winter Solstice through the first week of spring.

 Viðey Island can be visited by ferry from Reykjavík's old harbor.