Imagine Viðey


Imagine Viðey

Every year from October 9 to December 8, Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower shines a light from the Icelandic island of Viðey in honor of her love for John Lennon and wish for world peace. Published in the 2013 October-December issue of Iceland Review – IR 05.13. By Deb Smith. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.


In the photo, I’m an early 70s me: dark hair in sausage curls, wearing a long white dress. My date Bill is handsome in a blue crushed-velvet tuxedo. This was Catholic Central High School’s Junior Prom, whose theme was ‘Imagine’ after the John Lennon song. It reflected the hope that seemed everywhere around us in those halcyon days.

Now, almost four decades later, I was going to visit Viðey Island’s Imagine Peace Tower. Built by Yoko Ono in remembrance of John Lennon, it’s a seven-minute boat ride from the Sundahöfn harbor in Reykjavík. On the city bus I met two other Americans from Oregon, and together we went to find the Viðey ferry. With our tickets, we walked down a nearby ramp to the ferry, a small fishing boat for ten to 15 foot passengers. That day the sea was calm; skies were overcast with a slight breeze as we chugged pleasantly onward to Viðey. Once there, we walked past the island’s café inside a stone building, originally the home of Skúli Magnússon, the first Icelandic governor general, representing the Danish King in Iceland.

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