Place of the week – Kálfshamarsvík North Iceland

Place of the week is Kálfshamarsvík by road no 745 north og Blönduós, North Iceland.

Kálfshamarsvík is a small cove, with unusual, beautifully formed sea cliffs of columnar rock, created about 2 million years ago.

At the beginning of the 20th century, fishing boats plied the waters and there was a small community of about 100 inhabitants at Kálfshamarsvík. However, by around 1940 the village had become deserted.

Kálfshamarsvík Lighthouse is a very prominent lighthouse standing on a small cape, 16.3 metres tall and built in 1940.

Photo Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir

Place of the week – Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island

The Imagine Peace Tower is a memorial to John Lennon from his widow, Yoko Ono, located on Viðey Island near Reykjavík.

It consists of a tall tower of light, projected from a white stone monument that has the words “Imagine Peace” carved into it in 24 languages. These words, and the name of the tower, are a reference to Lennon’s peace anthem Imagine.

Buried underneath the light tower are upward of 500,000 written wishes that Ono gathered over the years in another project, called “Wish Trees”.

The tower lit every year from October 9th, Lennon’s birthday, through December 8th, the date he died.

Photo Ragnar Th Sigurðsson

Place of the week – Þórbergssetur Culture Centre, South East Iceland

The Þórbergssetur, culture centre, was built in memory of the author Þórbergur Þórðarson (1888-1974), who was born at the site. The building is like a bookshelf.

The exhibition provides an overview of an remarkable artistic career, it also tells the larger story of the changes wrought on Icelandic society by the twentieth century.

The Þórbergssetur also houses a restaurant and a souvenir shop, it is open all year round. Visits between September 15 and May 15 must be booked in advance.

Þórbergssetur is located by the Ring Road, only 13 km further east from Jökulsárlón.