You could never in a million years guess where Charles Lindbergh had to stay when he visited Iceland. PIC Æskan

You could never in a million years guess where Charles Lindbergh had to stay when he visited Iceland. PIC Æskan

W hile Iceland is a recent nation in comparison with the rest of Europe there is quite a lot of unusual historical tidbits associated with this wind-blown island nevertheless. 

We are guessing you do not know, for example, that the most famous individual of his day, the flying ace Charles Lindbergh, visited Iceland in 1933 and stayed for a while in the most unlikeliest of places in Reykjavik.

Mr.Lindbergh did more than just being the first one to fly solo between America and Europe in 1927. He was also the man entrusted with finding a safe passage for passenger planes between those two continents. And he did so in 1933. On behalf of Pan Am he flew from New York to Greenland, to Iceland, to Faroe Islands before reaching mainland Europe.

Visiting Reykjavik Iceland today one could never in a million years imagine where Mr. and Mrs. Lindbergh stayed while in the city. Actually they did not even stay in the city at all. They stayed on an island.

The island in question is Videy island in the mouth of Reykjavik city and by which many cruise-liners pass while visiting Reykjavik. Yes, also the same one where you will now find the Imagine Peace tower in memory of John Lennon and the Milestones project by Richard Serra.

The reason for this place of stay is simple enough if one knows history a little bit. Videy today is largely void of humans except for the occasional tourists and local parties but that was not the case in 1933. By that time Videy was THE place to be in the country. The attractive Videy building, easily visible from the city, was indeed the very first building in Iceland made from stone.

While we recommend visiting Videy there is not much to actually see on this tiny island. But it easily gives peace of mind and quite fabulous views over one part of Reykjavik city and out to sea.

Team Total Iceland does offer guided tours to Videy. Get in touch for details: totaliceland [@] totaliceland.com


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