This Friday a variety of performers, including musicians, stand up comedians, circus performers, DJ’s and drag artists are putting on a show at legendary club Gaukurinn in downtown Reykjavík. Organisers say they want to spice up the queer-club-party scene with a spectacular night.

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Sigurður Heimir Guðjónsson, a.k.a. Gógó Starr.

“Basically, this is a queer-partynight/show with a hint of drag, cabaret, music ‘n stuff,” says organizer Sigurður Heimir Guðjónsson, or Siggi, about the event taking place at Gaukurinn on Friday. “All in all there are nine of us that night. Comedian Jonathan Duffy is the presenter. Then there are five drag shows; Pixy, Aurora Borealis, Starína, Ína Vagína and myself as Gógó Starr. Then there’s Mighty Bear (Magnús Bjarni Gröndal) with original music, Danny Boy (Daniel Pilkington) with a circus act, and the grand finale will be no other than Páll Óskar himself!”

So Páll Óskar is on board! Any idea what kind of performance he’s planning? Will it be drag?

Co-organiser Hafsteinn Sverrisson: “Well he knows the theme of the evening, but I don’t think it will be drag. He gets total control of his act. (Laughs) When we advertised the event he contacted us and volunteered to be in it pro bono because he agrees that this sort of entertainment is severely lacking. And he’s just been awesome, volunteering to help with equipment and stuff. But I do know that he will perform three songs. You have to come to see for yourself!”

This sounds a bit like what the club Moulin Rouge was all about in its day, all sorts of performances, drags and so forth. Are you trying to restore that kind of feel? Is this an ode to that long-lost time mixed with the new?

Siggi: “Yes, you could say that. We want to spice up the queer-club-party scene with a mixture of the old and the new and also try to bring to little Iceland what we have seen happening abroad.”

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Organiser Hafsteinn Sverrisson.

Hafsteinn: “Of course we have our club, Kiki, and that’s fantastic, but we just wanted more. I and Siggi were talking about the RuPaul’s Drag Race, which we love, but we know that drag competitions are stressful and the performer can’t really be relaxed and really show all his act. So we wanted to create a different mood. Besides, there are loads of people who love drag but would never enter a competition. We wanted to reach out to those people. I feel that drag queens are really important in our culture.”

Wait, what about drag kings?!

Hafsteinn: “That too! Believe me, we tried SO hard to get women to participate, inter-sex people, pan-sex people, but no-one wanted to participate. Please let it be clear that we are looking for them to be with us next time! Hopefully this event will become a monthly thing and then amateur drag performers of both sexes can join, along with other queer artists who want to stop hiding at home and show the world what their made of. It would be so great for our culture!”

Siggi: “There hasn’t been much going on lately in the queer-scene when it comes to shows and entertainment so we wanted to get people together, both queers and their supporters, and just meet up, have some fun and show all the talent that is hiding in corners everywhere, be it drag, burlesque, musicians etc.”

“We want to spice up the queer-club-party scene with a mixture of the old and the new and also try to bring to little Iceland what we have seen happening abroad.”

So, basically instead of just complaining, you decided to take matters into your own hands?

Siggi: “Exactly, couldn’t have put it better myself.

You see, for a long time, whenever a few queer people got together, there was complaints about how nothing exciting was happening. And instead of just sitting around, complaining about it, we decided “What the heck, let’s stop whining and do something!” It was long overdue to do something of this sort. We knew of so many talented people who would want to do something, so we contacted them, and things just escalated from there. We have already begun scheduling other performers for future events, so this has the potential to become a regular thing.”

Jonathan Duffy.

The show will be hosted by Australian comedian Jonathan Duffy.

But how did it come about, that the two of you, and Johnathan Duffy, Þórhallur Hafþórsson and Hrönn Tooth decided to organize this? Are you guys a group of friends or…?

Hafsteinn: “When we, the boys that is, started meeting at our coffee-get-togethers we were always complaining about how we wanted more drag shows and you know, just more flamboyant things that everybody enjoys. I and Siggi then decided to stop whining and do something about it. My friend, Þórhallur Hafþórsson is a tailor at the Opera so I contacted him, he pointed to Jonathan Duffy, who has been involved in cabarets in Australia. And then we saw the GayIceland coverage on Lez-B-Honest which Hrönn supervised and contacted her, and she came on board. So yeah, it kinda just started from there.”

How has the organizing been going? Was it difficult to get people behind this?

Siggi: “Not at all. Almost everybody we contacted jumped on the wagon and were simply thankful that we were doing this. Of course this is a lot of work. Getting people together, getting sponsors and stuff, but everybody was just very excited and positive about what we are doing, so things have been going extremely well.

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The grand finale will be none other than pop sensation Páll Óskar.

Some were surprised to hear that we weren’t gonna have it at Kiki, but there is a simple explanation for that; it’s not big enough for this sort of event. And the people at the Gaukurinn have just been super awesome in getting this off the ground with us. So yeah, we’ve been very lucky.”

Hafsteinn: “Yes, everybody has been really helpful. The most difficult thing was to find sponsors, and we’re almost there. So if anybody would want to sponsor the event, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our aim is to do this again and again, and hopefully with adequate sponsorship so that we can help the artists with costs due to their act that night. And the dream is that it would later become so successful that the proceeds would go to charity.

So get of the couch, attend this awesome show, support future events, and if we keep this going, we will all be supporting some good charity along with having some serious fun.”

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A variety of entertainers will perform. Amongst them Mighty Bear, Aurora Borealis, Pixy Strike and Gógó Starr.

BASIC INFO

Gaukurinn, Friday, November 20.
House opens at 19PM.
Show starts at 21PM.
Admission is 1.000 ISK.
The profit will be used to sponsor the next event.
20 year age limit.
Specials will be served at the bar – for details check out Gaukurinn on Facebook.
Note: You can buy pre sale tickets for 1.000 ISK by sending the organisers an email to dragsugur@gmail.com

Main photo shows organisers, from the left: Þórhallur Hafþórsson, Hrönn Tooth, Sigurður Heimir Guðjónsson and Hafþór Sverrisson (Hrönn was photographed by Halla Þ. Óskarsdóttir, the boys were photographed by Sigurþór Gunnlaugsson). Organiser and host Jonathan Duffy can be seen in a separate photo in the article. On the right: Starína who will be performing!

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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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