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“With Pride we are thanking the Icelandic nation for its support but also reminding the audience of why we celebrate and march.”

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[dropcap4]R[/dropcap4]eykjavík Pride is all about coming together, celebrating and making a stance against discrimination. Eva María Þórarinsdóttir Lange, chairman at Reykjavik Pride, believes that there will always be need for Pride despite the fact that Iceland is becoming a model for other countries regarding LGBTQI rights. “We will always have to safeguard our rights because they can be taken from us,” says Eva María, who took time from planning one of this years biggest events and sat down with us to speak about diversity, culture and human rights, and what Reykjavik Pride personally means to her.

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Congratulations with the new Reykjavík Gay Pride Program Guide that just came out! We really like the colorful and family oriented cover. What’s the whole idea or concept behind it?
It actually comes from one of our organizers Davíð Terrazas, who wanted to try to embrace how he has come to experience Reykjavík Pride. Family, friends, color, joy and lots of energy! No longer about provoking, instead more about coming together.

The program is very diverse, ranging from LGBTQI literature panels to crazy dance parties and everything between. What would you say are the highlights this year?
I would say that the highlight is in the variety itself as the theme we went for this year is human rights, diversity and culture. We wanted to emphasis on how diverse our group is and I’m quite confident that everyone should find something of their interest. From August 6th to 11th Reykjavik Pride’s guests will experience documentaries, photo exhibitions, concerts, literature, parties, events for rainbow families and so much more. Personally I’m really happy with the Youth Group’s Party as for the first time a special party will be thrown for the under 20’s. I also think it’s cool to have a LGBT exhibition at the National History Museum that has been known for being a conservative establishment.

Will there be any Off Venue events?
Yes we’ll have numerous Off Venue events, we’re still receiving requests. This Off Venue idea is new and it’s a great way to let different venues and groups participate in the festivities. We already have on our list a classic concert, a hip hop night, the Icelandic Drag competition, pride brunch, super happy hours and more.

As usual there are a number of artists performing at the Pride. How did you guys manage to attract so many great talents?
Sometimes Reykjavik Pride has been called “the biggest small pride in the world” and it attracts guests from all over. This year we got so many requests from performers but unfortunately we only could invite a few of them. Reykjavik Pride is entirely run on voluntary work and sometimes it’s a challenge to organize this huge event only with the good work and warm hearts of our volunteers. This year we mostly have local artists but we’re getting one very numerous group from the UK, called the Pink Singers. The Pink Singers Choir visits a new Pride every year, and this time it’s Reykjavik Pride.

How many floats are expected to participate in the Parade? Is there still time to sign up?
We expect around 40-45 groups in the parade, some of them will be on floats and others marching. The deadline for the parade application is August 1st and usually we get the majority of the application the last days 🙂

What about lending a helping hand to the organizers?

Volunteers play a huge role in the Pride’s success as it is run entirely by the efforts of those willing to help out, so we’re continuously looking for people who want to support the festivities and have fun with us. If you want to help, look up http://www.reykjavikpride.com/#!volunteer/c1odt

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Most people agree that Iceland has come far in LGBT legal and social rights the past thirty years. Some even say that because of that Reykjavík Gay Pride is becoming a somewhat dated event. Do you think there will ever be a time when we won’t need a Pride?
It’s my personal belief that there will always be need for Pride. We will always have to safeguard our rights because they can be taken from us. Even in Iceland which is a very gay friendly destination we still have a long way to go in certain aspects. Even in a country where you have all the legal rights it doesn’t always mean that the society is totally embracing. We often hear people talk about being tolerant, well that just isn’t good enough. we don’t want to be tolerated, we want to be accepted. As we’re continuously looking out for our rights we are not necessarily trying to be like the majority, I sometimes say “I don’t necessarily want to be like you, I just want to have the same human rights as you”. This is one of the reasons for Pride is important, for the visibility, for the diversity and because it highlights our culture.

The LGBT rights campaign in Iceland has a history of little more than thirty years, a chronicle of struggle and victory almost unique in the world. From being an invisible group of an oppressed minority, LGBT people in Iceland have now gained social and legal rights comparable to the best of its kind in the world. This is clearly reflected in our festivities – a true manifestation of our pride and ambition. This year we also emphasize that LGBT solidarity should be realized universally. We are grateful to those who have come before us and we hope to make those who follow us proud.

Gays and lesbians from all around the world have been tying the knot in Iceland, since gay marriage became legal here. Do you think we’re becoming a symbol of equality for other countries?
Yes I think Iceland is certainly a model for other countries regarding LGBTQI rights, specially gay and lesbian rights. Same sex marriages have been in focus in many countries lately and we’ve seen negative reactions in many places. In Iceland when the law was passed all the present members of the parliament voted in favor and the majority of the society is supportive. Couples that come to Iceland to get married notice this positive hospitality and most of them mention this as one of the most important factors of their choice for their wedding destination.

Finally, what does Reykjavík Gay Pride mean for you?
Reykjavik Pride for me is an important stance against discrimination to reinforce our rights and a forum for our visibility and pride. With Pride we are thanking the Icelandic nation for its support but also reminding the audience of why we celebrate and march.

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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.

        600x400-seatours-tasting

        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.

        600x400-seatours

        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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