“There’s a lot of different kinds of comedy. There’s comedians who do one liners, puns, props and lots of other types. I’m a story-teller. I like my audience to feel like they’re sitting in my apartment after we’ve all been out. I like them to feel like it’s just a small group and we’re sharing funny stories.

I find that when I share intimate things people tend to warm to me a bit more. It’s like a technique to gain trust. Plus most of my comedy is me making fun of myself so being honest is sort of all I can do,” says Australian born comedian Jonathan Duffy, also referred to as Jono Duffy.

Jono is one of the many artists that will perform during this year’s Reykjavík Pride. One of Jono’s many contributions is the stand up show Australiana which he will perform in Iðnó on Friday the 5th of August. This is far from being Jono’s first stand up show but will the audience experience something different this time?

Australian comedian Jonathan Duffy – Jono – is the talk of the town. He has only lived in Reykjavík for a few months, but has already made his presence felt. He does stand-ups every week and last Saturday a music video he made for pop idol Páll Óskar was launched.

Australian comedian Jonathan Duffy – Jono – has only lived in Reykjavík for a short while, but has already made his presence felt. He does stand-ups every week and has collaborated with several artists, such as Hugleikur Dagsson, Páll Óskar, Hera Björk and Greta Salóme, on various projects.

“It is quite different from what people have seen of me here in Iceland. In Australia I wasn’t just a comedian I was also a cabaret performer, which for those who are unfamiliar basically means I would add musical elements to my shows. For some reason people in Iceland always think cabaret is burlesque. In this show, Australiana, I will be telling stories about what it was like growing up in Australia, what I miss and ultimately why I left.

People who have only seen the comedian side of me will definitely be treated to something new because the show will have a range of emotions, not just comedy. The entire show is pieced together through songs I have selected by Australian artists that form a timeline of events for me. These songs have been remixed by Dusk so it should add yet another element of something different.”

It’s been a while since Jono left Australia but he moved to Iceland about a year ago after travelling a bit around Europe. What was it like growing up gay in Australia?
“My little brother is gay and I think we both had different experiences. For me, growing up gay was really tough. Australia back then was an incredibly homophobic country. I was picked on at school for being gay before I even realized I was. The kind of bullying wasn’t just psychological either, it was physical,” says Jono and is reminded of an incident that happened at school.

“One time I even was threatened in the toilets with a knife by another student because he “didn’t want a faggot in the room while he was pissing”. School was not a safe place to come out.”

He says that he still expects to be treated with prejudice in his homeland.

“Even today in Australia you can expect to have something shouted at you for holding hands with another man. It sticks with you well into your adult life. Even now as a professional gay (someone who is gay for a living) when I hold hands with a man in Iceland, there is still a thought in the back of my mind saying: “Will someone kill me for this?” I noticed things had started to change a little when my brother was in high school. The other students were more ok with kids being gay and over time I think that has started to change society, but there is still a long way to go,” says Jono. The first thing he noticed when he moved to Iceland was that there weren’t any gay ghettos in Reykjavík.

“Well, if joking about fucking Páll Óskar got me a music video gig, then maybe I should start setting my sights on Jónsi.”

“In Australia, and a lot of other countries in the world, there are neighborhoods where clusters of gays live. This is usually because of the whole safety in numbers thought. If they live around gay people they won’t have to deal with the threat of homophobia. There isn’t really anything like that here. I think that has something to do with the very low rates of homophobia in Iceland. I’ve noticed that because of a small population, everyone who grows up here tends to know someone who is sexually or gender diverse. In turn this means that we aren’t just a concept to everyone, we’re a human being. Because of this, there doesn’t seem to be a need for us all to live in the one neighborhood.”

Caitlyn Jenner is bat shit crazy

Jono has said in past interviews that it’s easier for him to make fun of gays because he is one himself. But what about the other minorities that make up the queer community? Does he joke about them as well?

Jono thinks that laughter combined with visibility can be a powerful weapon for the LGBTQI+ community.

Jono thinks that laughter combined with visibility can be a powerful weapon for the LGBTQI+ community.

“I don’t really make fun of the other letters of the rainbow alphabet. Occasionally I’ve made jokes about lesbians but that’s more about me being closer to a stereotypical lesbian than a gay man. Oh, and I’ve made fun of Caitlyn Jenner but that has nothing to do with her being trans, it was about the fact that she’s a bit homophobic and bat shit crazy.

I have a bit of an old-fashioned belief in that you should always make fun of yourself first. If you run out of things to make fun of in yourself, then you can start to look for it in other people, but only people who can take it. Like celebrities, politicians and Keira Knightly – she knows what she did.”

This year we’ve seen tragedies in the queer community such as the shooting in Orlando. Do you think you can battle prejudice with humor?
“In my experience yes. When I am doing stand up for a straight audience I like to think I am doing that by educating. When I’m on stage talking about the intricacies of Grindr or what is was like to come out, I’ve noticed that “light bulb” moment on people’s faces. That moment where they realize that you are a human; a flawed human just like them who is trying to do their best to pretend to have their shit together, just like everyone else.

“We live in a world where there is so much time spent on saying the right thing … but it’s also important to spend time not taking ourselves too seriously. I’ve been doing comedy for 12 years and I am yet to see something unify a room as quickly and effectively as humor.”

I’ve even been approached by men who I wouldn’t walk down a dark alley with in the past who have told me that because they saw my show they realized that gay people are “alright”. Now I wouldn’t say that’s the best choice of word but it’s a start,” says Jono with a grin. He believes humor can unify people and thinks that laughter combined with visibility can be a powerful weapon for the LGBTQI+ community.

“I think visibility is paramount and humor certainly helps, especially if you’re not afraid to make fun of yourself. We live in a world now where there is so much time spent on saying the right thing or choosing words carefully, which is important, but I think it’s also important to spend time not taking ourselves too seriously. We need to give others permission to laugh at our comedic moments just like they do for everyone else. I’ve been doing comedy for 12 years and I am yet to see something unify a room as quickly and effectively as humor.”

The ultimate rejection

Jono is outspoken and can sometimes shock people to their very core. He’s even said that the only reason he moved to Iceland was to fuck the famous singer Páll Óskar.
“It has not happened, but if it ever does I will live tweet the shit out of it. You could say it was the ultimate rejection. Instead of accepting my advances, he just gave me a job – to make a music video,” says Jono with a laugh. But has he found another prey?

“Well, if joking about fucking Páll Óskar got me a music video gig, then maybe I should start setting my sights on Jónsi.”

But it’s not all jokes and laughs. Jono has had some pretty awful moments as a comedian as well.

Jono is not only performing his own show on Friday. He’s also hosting the biggest DragSúgur, a drag show on Tuesday, and doing his regular show with Bylgja Babýlons, The Minority Report, on Wednesday.

Jono’s show Australiana is one of his many contributions to this year’s Reykjavík Pride. He’s also hosting DragSúgur, a drag show on Tuesday, and doing his regular show with Bylgja Babýlons, The Minority Report, on Wednesday.

“Plenty. There’s always times where the audience is a bit too drunk, or talking, or there’s someone who insists that all comedians like to be heckled and it’s a part of the experience.

I would say that the worst experiences have always been my fault though. Either I didn’t prepare enough or I didn’t think enough about my audience. One time back in Melbourne I did a whole set about anal sex and the audience was almost completely lesbian. I completely bombed.

In most cases you really can’t blame your audience. One of the tough things in comedy is that you’re only as good as your last gig so when you have a bad one, you need to get right back up again and do a good one. It’s a bit like being in a car accident. The longer you wait to get back behind the wheel, the harder it will be.”

Jono is not only performing his own show on Friday. He’s also hosting the biggest DragSúgur, a drag show tonight (Tuesday), and doing his regular show with Bylgja Babýlons, The Minority Report, on Wednesday. If that’s not plenty, he is also involved with the artistic direction of the opening event on Thursday. So will he join the Pride Parade as well?

“I’ve been asked by a few different groups if I will join their float but I’m torn. I actually love to watch the parade but I guess being the only openly gay comedian in the country I probably should march. Maybe I’ll even do it in drag, who knows?”

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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