How should you behave when dating on the internet? Do pick-up lines actually work? What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve experienced after meeting someone off a dating app? We decided to get together a group of girls to answer these questions and more and started by asking which app they think is the best.

Ásdís: “Tinder is the only dating app that I’ve used properly. It seems like there are not a lot of dating apps out there especially made for lesbians, at least not ones that are used much in Iceland, but I could be wrong.”

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There are all kinds of dating apps out there, “Her”, “Tinder” and “Hot or Not” – just to name a few.

Alda Karen: “Tinder, without a doubt. I found my soulmate on it. I also thought it was the most fun app.”

Sóldögg: “Tinder, because it’s the only one that I’ve tried.”

Guðný: “I think it’s the app Hot or Not.”

“I choose Tinder because it is used by more people in Iceland and in other parts of the world.”

Helga: “Tinder! There are like three queer, Icelandic girls on the other apps.”

Inga Dóra: “I don’t know which is the best but I’ve used Tinder since it seems that there are the most people on that app. I think the other apps are more for guys but I must admit that I have no idea.”

Sólrún: “I choose Tinder because it is being used by more people in Iceland and in other parts of the world. I’ve tried an app called Her but I didn’t find any users in Iceland so I deleted that account and stuck to Tinder.”

Sandra: “The only one I’ve really used is Tinder. It’s alright. My experience has mostly been that people match, then either a bit of conversation follows, which then dies out, or people don’t say anything or don’t answer. But, then you can match with someone amazing, which I did! We’ve gone on a few dates now and it’s going really well.”

What are you looking for? What turns you on?

Sólrún: “I’m looking for a girl to get to know and hopefully hit it off with. I like it when they’re a tease and are hard to get.”

Sandra: “Heh, nothing that really turns me on, so to speak, being asexual. But mostly I look for mutual openness, similar humor to my own and just being likeable (which of course is very subjective). I basically just have to like you and enjoy your company.”

Inga Dóra: “I’m more into people that live a healthy life, have worked on themselves, that know their boundaries and want to live in the now. I’m more into assertive girls who are not too obsessed with their looks.”

Do you use pick-up lines?

Alda Karen: “Yes I did, some time ago. The worst one I used was without a doubt: ‘Hey, I’ve got two tickets to the movies. Should I ask my mom or my dad with me?’ I still don’t understand why that one worked.”

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Pick-up lines – effective or cringe worthy?

Ásdís: “I can’t say that I do. But it’s always nice to say something more than: ‘Hi’. Compliments will get you far.”

Guðný: “Oh, God no. They are too cringe worthy for me. I just curl up in a ball and start to stutter.”

Helga: “I’ve used a few. They were not all good but many were very effective! One of my favorites is: ‘I’m ovulating. Are you interested?’”

“The worst one was definitely: “If beauty was measured in gallons of milk you would be a total cow.”

Inga Dóra: “I don’t think anyone uses pick-up line today, and I doubt anyone has ever used them seriously. But I know some terrible ones like licking your finger, running it across the “prey’s” clothing and saying: ‘Should we go to my place so you can take off those wet clothes?’ Another one I recall is looking at the clothing label of the “prey” and then saying: ‘I just wanted to see if it said Made in heaven.’ And one short one: ‘What do you want for breakfast?’”

Best pick-up line you’ve received? Did it work?

Sólrún: “I still haven’t received the golden pick-up line.”

Sóldögg: “’Do you have a band-aid ‘cause I just scraped my knee falling for you.’ And no, unfortunately it didn’t work.”

Ásdís: “I got the best one at a concert, not on the internet. A girl walked up to me and said: ‘I think you’re the best kisser here.’ When I asked her how she knew she said: “I don’t, but I want to.” It’s always fun when people are creative.”

Alda Karen: “The best pick-up line I’ve received is: ‘Hey, didn’t we forget to go out for dinner?’… We didn’t go out for dinner.”

What about the worst one?

Alda Karen: “The worst one was without a doubt: “Hey, didn’t we sleep together?” I of course corrected that misunderstanding and told this total stranger that it would probably never happen.”

Guðný: “’Hey, want to see my boyfriend’s dick?’ I didn’t reply.”

Helga: “The worst one was definitely: ‘If beauty was measured in gallons of milk, you would be a total cow’.”

Sóldögg: “’Roses are red, violets are blue, we’re a match on Tinder so I think we should screw.’ I received that one once and I didn’t reply.”

 The most embarrassing thing you’ve experienced
after deciding to meet someone?

Sólrún: “I went to the movies with one girl I met on Tinder and she though it was appropriate to sneak in under my pants and… well, you know the rest. The worst thing about it was that it happened during a comedy and I sat there laughing, in hopes she would take the hint that this was not the time and place to pull a stunt like that.”

“I was dragged into the woods with one girl who had made a little shelter and a bench to sit on. There we spent the entire evening, by the fire and talked about anything and everything.”

 Guðný: “I think the most awkward moment was when I went to a café with a woman and she couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful our children would be. That was the first date and the last.”

Alda Karen: “I’ve only once had a date with a person from Tinder. I accidentally met my soul mate. And then my dating app story ended. Quite embarrassing.”

What about the most fun thing?

Guðný: “Probably when I was dragged into the woods with one girl who had made a little shelter and a bench to sit on. There we spent the entire evening, by the fire and talked about anything and everything.”

Helga: “I went camping all the way to Egilsstaðir.”

Sandra: “Meeting up for a talk given by famous trans and genderqueer feminists. That’s a very good date! And from that came a few other dates. I’m very excited for the next one!”

Sólrún: “When I visited a girl and we got drunk and did jigsaw puzzles for six hours.”

Do you meet tourist or locals or both?

Guðný: “I must admit that I rather go for tourist but sometimes I meet up with locals.”

Helga: “Just the ones that I want to meet.”

Sóldögg: “I meet up with both locals and tourists. But I think it’s the most fun to meet people while I’m travelling.”

Why do you use dating apps? Are they better
for meeting people than conventional methods?

Sandra: “To meet people, or that’s been my intention at least. I’m garbage at talking with people face to face, if I don’t know them. So getting to know someone a bit helps a lot. It’s also a bit of a confidence boost to know the other person was interested enough to swipe right.”

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People use dating apps for various reasons. Some use them mainly for one night stands, while others are looking for their soulmate.

Sóldögg: “Simply because I love meeting new people. I wouldn’t say it’s a better way than any other – it’s just one way of meeting people.”

Inga Dóra: “I’ve used Tinder as an opportunity to meet people who I wouldn’t normally get to know or wouldn’t notice on a day to day basis. I prefer meeting people through friends or hobbies but I also like trying something new.”

“Personally, I use dating apps mainly for one night stands. But I wouldn’t say it’s necessary or better than other ways. Just different. It depends on what works for you.”

Guðný: “I use dating apps because I live in the country. The gaydar doesn’t work that well in the small town I live in.”

Ásdís: “Personally, I use dating apps mainly for one night stands. But I wouldn’t say it’s necessary or better than other ways. Just different. It depends on what works for you. I can be very shy in person and that is why I like using dating apps. Less stressful.”

Alda Karen: “It’s much easier getting to know people on dating apps than out on the town. I also thought it was more fun.”

What makes a profile interesting?

Alda Karen: “A fun bio and cute pics. A photo of you with cute animals can’t go wrong.”

Helga: “I think it’s fun when the photos have captions but I’m also a sucker for beautiful smiles.”

Inga Dóra: “People with sincere smiles.”

Sóldögg: “I love to read the sentence: “Love to travel”, in the bio and to see pics from all over the world.”

 How should you not behave on dating apps?

Sandra: “Don’t be a dick or an ass, though I’ve mostly gotten that from guys on dating sites (even though I always describe myself as a lesbian), stuff like unsolicited dick pics and stories about what they want to do to my vagina (even though I don’t have one yet, which is kinda funny).

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Never send a photo of your child.

But yeah, if you match with someone, at least say: “Hi”. And if you sense that things aren’t going anywhere, just say so. Politely, though!”

Sólrún: “Don’t send nudes. Don’t use too many emojis. Don’t be too eager.”

Helga: “Don’t send people you don’t know photos of your kids. That’s very strange!”

Ásdís: “Don’t be a dick. Don’t meet a person, say you’re going to be in touch and then ignore that person. That’s just mean.”

Alda Karen: “Don’t be a creep. Don’t say you’ve slept with someone just to start a conversation, you creep.”

Ever experienced prejudice on dating apps?

Ásdís: “No, not personally. People seem to know their manners on dating apps.”

Guðný: “I’ve just had guys being offended because I don’t want to sleep with them. It’s clear that sometimes they don’t understand what being a lesbian means.”

Sandra: “Nope, but then I do live in my precious bubble most of the time. I’ve not had anyone match with me and then go all: “Ew!” about my being trans. But then I state it on my profile, so it would be weird if that happened.”

 Any other advice – say for beginners?

Sandra: “Well, be honest about yourself. Though I’m guessing I don’t get a lot of action on Tinder because I probably have a somewhat off putting profile; I make it clear that I’m trans, I’m asexual and I’m vegan (which is probably what puts most people off, more so than being trans). I suppose that works as a decent filter and only awesome people remain. I at least got very lucky and matched with someone wonderful.”

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Get together during week nights, not during weekends.

Sólrún: “Don’t add someone on Snapchat or Facebook unless you’ve matched. You get a big plus if you ask for permission.”

Helga: “Don’t have family photos in there, that’s just too much. Don’t just have one photo either. Put it in your bio if you’re looking for something specific. Don’t meet someone at your place or theirs – meet them at a public place.”

Ásdís: “Meet a person at a café or another public place. One night stands can be fun but it’s good to be 100 percent safe. So get yourself checked regularly, every three months for example. And use protection, guys!”

“And be safe in every aspect. You never know who you’re meeting so a public place like a café is the best place for a first date.”

Alda Karen: “A good photo is everything! And be safe and let your friends know who you’re meeting off dating apps and where you meet. Get together during  week nights and not during the weekends.”

Guðný: “A good photo is key but don’t use any filters. You can do that on Instagram. Tell the person what you want and what you don’t want in regards to sex. Safe sex is a must but there is not a lot of protection out there for women into women. And be safe in every aspect. You never know who you’re meeting so a public place like a café is the best place for a first date.”

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On a first date it might be a good idea to meet in a public place, for example at a café. Photos/Pexel

The Girls

Alda Karen Hjaltalín
Ásdís Margrét Ólafsdóttir
Guðný Erla Guðjónsdóttir
Helga Haraldsdóttir
Inga Dóra Guðmundsdóttir
Sandra Rós Hrefnu Jónsdóttir
Sóldögg Elvudóttir
Sólrún Klara Þórisdóttir

Alda Karen • Ásdís Margrét • Guðný Erla • Helga • Inga Dóra • Sandra Rós • Sóldögg • Sólrún Klara

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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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