“Crazy. Friendly. Fun!”

 

Planning your first travel to Iceland or already a seasoned traveler but still want to get a gay perspective? Pink Iceland, Iceland’s first and foremost gay owned and operated travel expert, has all the answers. Pink Iceland works for and with the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning) community and specializes in day tours (gay tours), weddings, international and domestic events and festivals as well as organizing tailor-made luxury travel. One sunny afternoon we met the owners, founders and lesbian couple Eva María & Birna and their friend Hannes and found everything about heli-skiing, hidden gems and cruising in Iceland.

Is Iceland a LGBT friendly destination?
While Iceland is not perfect it is one of the best places to visit for a LGBTQ person. We’ve reached full equality under the law in almost every respect and people in Iceland are generally welcoming.

Are there antidiscrimination laws in Iceland?
Discrimination against LGBTQ people is illegal. Period.

How are public displays of affection between same-sex couples perceived?
While you may get some glances holding hands or kissing your partner they will be followed by a beaming smile and a nod of approval.

Is there an online source for booking gay friendly accommodation in a LGBTQ safe area?
Thankfully we don’t really regard any area as ‘unsafe’ but to be on the safe side we recommend you book through Pink Iceland to guarantee a respectful and gay friendly service throughout.

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How much time in advance should I make a reservation?
A couple of months in the summertime would be ideal but we deal with last-minute queries all the time. So far we’ve managed to get everyone accommodation to their tastes and within budgets.

Any LGBTQ tours?
Pink Iceland offers a number of tours for LGBTQ people and their friends. Our website has information on all of them as well as tours with our trusted partners where you’ll be guaranteed the service you deserve.

Bars, restaurants, cafés or clubs?
There is one gay bar in town at the moment. It’s called Kiki and it’s located at Laugavegur 22. It’s a great venue with great music and great people. We also recommend Dillon, Boston, Dolly, Rósenberg and many more. You could always drop by our office at Laugavegur 3, 4th floor, to find out where to go out that night!

Describe the night life in three words?
Crazy. Friendly. Fun!

Any beaches?
There is small golden sand beach at Nauthólsvík where hot geothermal water is pumped into the sea to warm it up a bit. It also has a couple of hot tubs to warm up in, in case its chilly outside!

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Nudist resorts?
The climate in Iceland isn’t ideal for nudist resorts. Unfortunately!

Good hiking trails?
Thousands. At least! Hiking may be the best way to experience this beautiful country. Do your research before you head off though as less than 1 percent of the country is populated so you could fairly easily get lost unless you know what you’re doing:) Pink Iceland always wants their guests to be on the safe side!

Cruising areas?
There is this one huge cruising area with plenty of action. It’s called The Internet.

What about a gay village?
When in Reykjavik you should treat the whole city as your gay friendly village!

A gay community center?
The community center is located in the same place as the Pink Iceland office. Right on the main street Laugavegur 3, 4th floor.

LGBTQ friendly AA meetings?
There is a gay AA meeting on Sundays at 1pm, in the yellow house in Tjarnargata 20. Please note that this is in Icelandic!

English-speaking meetings:
Tjarnargata 20 (a street by the pond downtown):

  • Sunday at 19:00
  • Tuesday at 19:30
  • Thursday at 19:30
  • Friday at 19:00

An English speaking contact in Iceland: vallyglenn@hotmail.com
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A must see?
If you’re here for a short stay you must do The Golden Circle (with Pink Iceland, of course!). If you’re in Iceland for more than a few days we would always recommend you visit Akureyri, the capital of the north and The West Fjords, Iceland’s hidden gem of wonders and all things natural. Well, while we’re on it, The East Fjords are absolutely stunning too so ultimately we recommend at least a week in Iceland if you want to get a true taste of the country.

A must do?
Strike up conversations with local people. You’ll be amazed at what a friendly bunch we are and if you’re lucky you’ll make a lifelong friend (or lover?)

A national dish everybody should try?
The ‘Hard Fish’ as we call it. Basically its sea dried white fish, full of protein and goodness which tastes like nothing else, in a good way. Don’t forget to apply copious amounts of butter on it!

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Will there be any special LGBTQ events in coming months?
Iceland Gay Pride is simply awesome. The Pride culminates in the wonderful Gay Pride Parade on the 2nd Saturday of August. Be sure to check out the extended Pride Program on www.gaypride.is, not to mention the fantastic Pink Iceland Gay Pride Packages found on our website.

What kind of weather to expect in the summer?
Easy, breezy, cover girl… Nah. The weather in Iceland is unpredictable but in the summertime you can be pretty sure that you won’t need your winter coat in the city at least. If you’re planning on visiting a glacier (which we recommend) you might consider taking it with you! Temperatures in summer vary between 12-25 degrees celsius but tends to feel warmer than since we have very low humidity here.

Will it be possible to ski?
Yes, in wintertime and especially in the North, East and West. If you can afford a helicopter ride to one of Iceland’s glaciers in the summer for some ‘heli-skiing’ please get in touch. We’d love to set that up for you!

What kind of clothes to pack?
Depends on the activity and time of year but one thing you mustn’t forget is swimwear! Iceland probably has more pools per capita than any other country and with geothermal water in abundance you’ll want to experience taking a dip in a warm swimming pool, whatever the weather!

Five things every traveller should take along?
Swimwear, as mentioned earlier, camera (you’re gonna end up with a million and one photos), layers of clothes, respect for mother nature and your smart phone cause Iceland is a WiFi paradise!

Any final tips?
Just come here, be yourself, strike up a conversation, and open yourself up to new and exciting experiences.

 

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Pink Iceland
Laugavegur 3
101 Reykjavik
Iceland

www.pinkiceland.is
pinkiceland@pinkiceland.is

The Hamburger Factory
- gourmet burgers

Ok. You’re in Iceland. Most likely for the first time.

You will probably bathe in the Blue Lagoon and take a road trip to Gullfoss and
Geysir. That’s all well and good. But neither Geysir’s nor waterfalls are
something you eat. That’s why we have 15 brilliant and creative hamburgers at
The Hamburger Factory. And they are all perfectly square. Don’t miss out on
Iceland’s most beloved hamburgers.

The Hamburger Factory is Iceland’s most innovative gourmet burger chain.
Packed with burger-craving customers since it’s opening in 2010, among the
regulars is Iceland’s best known fisherman, Eric Clapton. In our restaurants we
welcome tourists with our newspaper like menu and smiley service. They are
packed with fun items and memorable connections to Icelandic pop culture.

Locations:

Omnom Chocolate
- award-winning chocolate maker

    Omnom Chocolate is an Icelandic craft chocolate company based in Reykjavík. We produce handcrafted chocolate from organic cacao beans sourced ethically and sustainably. We’ve developed direct relationships to create premium chocolate with fine flavor cacao beans.

    Our creative flavors are carefully crafted by meticulous chocolate makers. The cacao beans are roasted, winnowed, ground, and refined into melty-smooth chocolate.

    Omnom’s process is one of constant exploration, invention, and experimentation. If it doesn’t please us, if something isn’t absolutely delicious, there’s no reason to be doing it. So, we always start with our taste buds and follow our instincts. Our team searches for the finest ingredients in the world and new ways to improve chocolate. This obsession with knowing where our ingredients come from has led us around the corner to dairy farms in the Icelandic countryside and all the way to rainforest cacao farms of Nicaragua.

    In only a few short years, we’ve grown from our 50 sq. m. petrol station space and become an award-winning chocolate maker. Now, with our headquarters in 101 Reykjavík, our chocolate is sent out around Iceland and all over the world.

    At the end of the day, our goal is to make chocolate.

     

    Alfred’s Apartments
    - gay owned an operated

      Alfred’s Apartments and Alfred’s Studios is a gay operated and owned accommodation in the heart of Reykjavik.

      Alfred’s Apartments offers spacious apartments at a good price located just around the corner from Laugavegur shopping street. You can choose the apartment starting from a Small Studio for 2 persons to a large One-bedroom Apartment with balcony for 5 persons.

      Their staff will ensure your comfort during the stay and provide the most updated information about the city, gay and night life in Reykjavik.

      Each apartment has a private bathroom with a shower, fully equipped kitchen and free Wi-Fi. Guests can buy groceries at the local grocery store 50 meters from the apartments. Because of their very central location, numerous shops, restaurants and cafés are available in the surrounding area. The Church of Hallgrimur is located 350 m from the apartments, a tourist agency is just 50 m away and the nearest gay bar is less than 5 minutes walking distance.

      Laekur hostel
      In the hostel we have dorms for 4-8 persons with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. The rooms are furnished with free internet, lockers, and a USB charger by each bed. The beds have linen provided and you can rent a towel in the cafe on the ground floor for 5 EUR.

      All the dorms are mixed with both genders. You can also book a whole room with 4-8 bunker beds.

      Blue Lagoon
      - a world of wonder

      Named by National Geographic as one of the 25 Wonders of the World, the Blue Lagoon is a shimmering expanse of warmth, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Its unique geothermal seawater comes from 2000 meters within the earth where sea and fresh water converge in a tectonic frontier of porous lava and searing heat. Propelled by extreme pressure, the water ascends to the earth’s surface, emerging enriched with silica, algae, and minerals: the elements that endow Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater with its radiant, healing properties.

      From its humble beginnings in the shadows of a geothermal power plant, Blue Lagoon has evolved into a world of wonder, now encompassing a hotel, a restaurant, a luxury lounge, a renowned line of skin care, a research center, in-water massage, and a wealth of spa and refreshment facilities.

      Achieving harmony with the volcanic landscape of Iceland’s Reykjanes lava plain, the lagoon and its surrounding architecture embody the unification of the man-made and the natural, and adhere to the highest principles of sustainability.

      Blue Lagoon. A wonder of the world. A world of wonder.

      Whales of Iceland
      - larger than life

      Whales of Iceland is the largest whale exhibition in Europe (and perhaps even the world), where guests can learn about the giants of the sea in a calm and modern environment. The permanent exhibition features whales like guests have never seen them before. It is truly a giant experience.

      Landsbankinn
      - leading financial institution

      Landsbankinn is a leading Icelandic financial institution. It offers a full range of financial services and is the market leader in the Icelandic financial service sector with the largest branch network.

      The present bank was established on 7 October 2008 but the history of its predecessor dates back to 1886. The bank is owned by the National Treasury of Iceland, which holds 98.2% of its share capital, and other shareholders who own 1.8%.

      Landsbankinn’s strategy is to provide comprehensive financial services that meet customer’s needs. It emphasizes providing exemplary service to customers, developing e-banking for their convenience, increasing the efficiency of support functions, modernizing its technology and ensuring effective utilization of its balance sheet.

      The bank’s vision is to be exemplary and its role is to be a trusted financial partner.

      Special emphasis is placed on promoting a performance-oriented culture in the bank. To follow up on the implementation of this strategy, the bank has defined key goals which are measured regularly to determine progress. These goals include, for example, customer satisfaction and loyalty, profitability, cost efficiency and the correlation between risk appetite and employee satisfaction.

      Landsbankinn wishes to lead the development of a sustainable society in Iceland by integrating economic, social and environmental concerns in its operations. The Bank aims to ensure that both its owners and society at large benefit from its activities.

      It intends to achieve this aim by building solid infrastructure and a strong team of 1.100 employees, by listening to its customers and by respecting and encouraging its employees to actively participate in their community. Landsbankinn was a founding member of Festa, a Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, and is a member of the UN Global Compact.

      Landsbankinn has been a proud sponsor of the Reykjavik Pride since it was first celebrated in Iceland.

      Dohop
      - get inspired

      Dohop allows people to find the cheapest flights available with just one click. Founded in Reykjavik in 2004, it is the only Icelandic company of its kind and quickly became the go-to tool for finding cheap flights among the locals. Dohop finds the best deals among hundreds of different airlines and online travel agencies, to make sure that the user is getting the cheapest price. Dohop also offers hotel and car rental search engines, so users can make all of their travel bookings from a single website.

      Dohop‘s specialty is finding so-called “self-connect” flight options, which can save travelers money by booking a ticket through two or more different airlines. The ability to look for these self-connect option is what sets Dohop apart from its competition, as it can save people hundreds of dollars on certain routes.

      More recently, Dohop has developed a unique product called Dohop Go!, which allows users to check for the cheapest available flights from their home airport. This tool is perfect for those who are looking for travel inspiration but are not willing to overpay for their flight ticket. Dohop Go! is now available in the Dohop Flights App, both for Android and iOS, along with its traditional flight, hotel, and car search engines. “

      Macland
      - for all your Apple needs

      From starting out as a proper startup with only a good idea and the need to change things, to becoming an established company with 6 employees. Starting from scratch and expanding organically has allowed us to love our expansion and take our customers on the ride with us.

      Macland is located at Laugavegur 23 (101, Downtown Reykjavik)
      For all your Apple needs. We are here.

      Aurora Reykjavik
      - northern lights center

        Aurora Reykjavik is a Northern Lights Center situated in downtown Reykjavík at the Old Harbor next to Icelandair Hotel Marina and Vikin Maritime Museum.

        Aurora Reykjavík is Iceland’s first educational and recreational Northern Lights Center where multimedia is used to explain when, why and how the Northern Lights work, with the highlights being large HD projection of the Aurora’s. We also share myths and legends about what our ancestor thought about those mystical lights.

        The Northern Lights Center is for all ages. Children are our favorite guests and we created the exhibition in a way that children can have a look freely and parents don’t have to worry about things being broken.

        Aurora Reykjavik offers a great selection of souvenirs that are designed and made by Icelanders along with nice little coffee corner, where you can enjoy free coffee and tea while browsing through the souvenirs or just planning your next step.

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        Ísey skyr
        - once tasted never forgotten

        Our Story
        Once upon a time, 1,100 years ago in fact, Nordic settlers began arriving in Iceland. They brought with them the skills and knowledge for producing skyr. As time passed, the know-how and recipe for this nutritious food slowly faded out elsewhere in the Nordic region. Luckily, the Icelandic skyr-making tradition continued.

        For centuries, Icelandic skyr formed a cornerstone of the national diet, helping to keep people strong in living conditions that were often harsh. On family farms countrywide, it was the women who nurtured this dairy and passing on both the recipe and the original Icelandic skyr cultures from mother to daughter.

        Ísey skyr builds on this remarkable legacy. It was some of those very same women, the recipients of their mothers’ expertise, who, around 90 years ago, taught Icelandic dairy scientists the art of skyr-making. The production process is more high-tech these days, and the quality standards more rigorous. However, the basic recipe and the use of original cultures to ferment the skimmed milk remain the same. Protein rich, fat-free, creamy and delicious – Ísey skyr is as relevant to consumers now as it was all those centuries ago.
        This is our secret and you are in on it

        You can read more about Ísey skyr on our website.

        Núðluskálin
        - noodle bar

        Núðluskálin is a small gay owned and operated fusion noodle bar.

        All of our courses are individually made from fresh ingredients and therefore highly customisable.
        We offer fully Vegan versions of all courses.
        Though originally a take-away we now seat over 30 people.

        Núðluskálin is located right in the heart of Reykjavík on Skólavörðustígur 8 (street leading up to the big Church) near the junction with Laugavegur (main street).

        Seatours
        - adventure cruise

        Ferry Baldur – the gate to the West fjords
        and VikingSushi Adventure – Bird & Nature watching Tour for everyone all year around

        The “VikingSushi Adventure” is the right boat tour for travelers who are adventurous and want to experience something new – close up to the nature seafood simply doesn’t come fresher than this! The archipelago area of the Breidafjordur Bay always surprises her visitors during winter or summer with spectacular sights. Where else you get to try delicious fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean served with soy sauce, wasabi and ginger.

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        This old volcanic area, characterized by the typical basalt formations of the islands, is the home of countless birds. Here you will also find the strongest currents in Iceland. The VikingSushi Tour takes roughly two hours and our captain is also the tour guide.

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        The VikingSushi Tour is a true adventure through incredible nature which should not be missed by any traveler to West Iceland.

        Birds, possible to spot:
        -puffins (from the middle of April until the middle of August)
        -eider ducks
        -shags
        -kittiwakes
        -fulmars
        -white-tailed eagle

        The car ferry Baldur is the bridge to the West fjords via the island Flatey
        Ferry Baldur crosses Breidafjordur Bay daily from Stykkisholmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula to Brjanslaekur in the north. A ferry ride considerably shortens the route between the south and mid-west of the country and the West Fjords region. It also gives you the opportunity to experience a floating restaurant.

        Take a stopover at the charming island Flatey when you are crossing the bay or go to a day tour to Flatey and back to Stykkishólmur. At Flatey are no cars allowed and between the houses of the 18th century you get the feeling of a journey back in time.

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