The parliamentary elections or the so-called Alþingiskosningar will be held tomorrow, October the 29th, and the race is shaping up to be an exciting one with twelve parties running. But what exactly are their stance on LGBTI+ rights? To shed some light on that GayIceland asked the chairs (or spokespersons) the three following questions (repeated throughout the text to make things clear):

1. Are LGBTI+ issues mentioned in the party’s charter (stefnuskrá)?
2. Has the party contributed to the issues of LGBTI+ people?
3. If the party were to become part of the next government, exactly what LGBTI+ issues would it focus on?


Alþýðufylkingin (R)xr

The People’s Front of Iceland

Vésteinn Valgarðsson, vice-chairman of Alþýðufylkingin.

Vésteinn Valgarðsson, vice-chairman of Alþýðufylkingin.

1. Are LGBTI+ issues mentioned in the party’s charter?
Just a little. We oppose any discrimination on the basis of sexuality or gender. And we want to make Iceland a safe haven for people who are persecuted in their home country, we specifically mention people who are persecuted because of sexual identity or gender issues.

2. Has the party contributed to the issues of LGBTI+ people?
Well, not LGBTI+ issues specifically. We are a young, small party founded only in 2013 and we do not have seats in parliament.

…we want to make Iceland a safe haven for people who are persecuted in their home country, we specifically mention people who are persecuted because of sexual identity or gender issues.

3. If the party were to become part of the next government, exactly what LGBTI+ issues would it focus on?
We are sympathetic to the cause of LGBTI+ people but we are not specialists. We would listen to what LGBTI+ people consider important issues.

Vésteinn Valgarðsson
vice-chairman of Alþýðufylkingin (People’s Front of Iceland).


Björt framtíð (A)

Bright future

Eva Einarsdóttir, chair of the board of Björt framtíð.

Eva Einarsdóttir, chair of the board of Björt framtíð.

1. Are LGBTI+ issues mentioned in the party’s charter?
We are a liberal party with great emphasis and passion for human rights. We speak for diversity in our society for liberty and freedom of all humans. We are a new party and unfortunately have not completed our charter to its fullest form.
We have a human rights committee within our party working to bring forth to fruition charters and manifestos specifically regarding LGBTI+ rights and referendums which are mentioned here below (see answers to question 3).

2. Has the party contributed to the issues of LGBTI+ people? 
Three formal actions have been submitted in the Icelandic Parliament by members of our party. The issues were queer rights to give blood, formal questioning of intersex rights and actions currently taken in the health care system here in Iceland and finally a formal protest regarding human rights violations in Russia against the LGBTI+ community.
– Brynhildur Pétursdóttir, Member of Parliament for our party, Bright future, has spoken openly in our parliament for the right for queers to give blood. Here we reference her open question to the current Minister of Health this past year.
– Regarding Intersex issues, Björt Ólafsdóttir, another current Member of Parliament, also formally and openly submitted questions about health rights for intersex children and parents of intersex children.
– Róbert Marshall, another Member of our Parliament, formally questioned the Minister of Education and Culture as to how he represented our Icelandic human rights values especially regarding queer rights when traveling to the Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia.

3. If the party were to become part of the next government, exactly what LGBTI+ issues would it focus on?
It is our ambition that Iceland should be leading advocates for human rights, equal rights and peace not only within our country but with a lasting impact internationally as well and that others should follow our lead. We will work for equal rights and opportunities in all matters regarding gender, sexual orientation, nationality, and religion. We firmly believe that people should receive equal pay for the same job in all areas of the labor market. We will work with all stakeholders in bringing to fruition an agenda to bring about such equality.

We want to protect individual rights for physical privacy and ensure that equality should encompass sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, intersex, and physical and genetic elements which are related to gender.

Specifically regarding LGBTI+ rights, Iceland is currently in the 14th seat and the Rainbow map ILGA- Europe and we find that unacceptable. We want to put forth a new bill which insures the rights for trans and intersex people. We believe that it is very important for people to be able to determine on their own without any pre-defined limits as to their sexual orientation or gender. We want to ensure this as a basic human right, gender identity should be recognized and respected. We want to protect individual rights for physical privacy and ensure that equality should encompass sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, intersex, and physical and genetic elements which are related to gender (i.e. sex chromosomes, hormonal, gonads and genitals).

It is also our intention to increase focus on queer rights regarding having children and queer family matters. We also believe in ensuring queer rights for the elderly, as we have discovered they are subjected to prejudice, exclusion and sometimes simply ignored in society.

The Hate Crimes Department here in our capital city is taking steps forward in their work but we recognize that more must be done. We would like to see more information regarding hate crimes be accessible in order for people to respond responsibly. We would like to see more government finances be placed in law enforcement training, especially for new students in law enforcement.
We would also like to see an increase in grants for service agreements with queer rights groups.

Eva Einarsdóttir,
chair of the board of Björt framtíð (Bright future).


Dögun (T)

Dawn

Helga Þórðardóttir, chair of Dögun.

Helga Þórðardóttir, chair of Dögun.

1. Are LGBTI+ issues mentioned in the party’s charter? No, unfortunately the party has not focused directly on LGBTI+ issues although we are a party of equality, justice and democracy. Our laws state the equality of all people regardless of at least one aspect of LGBTI+: sexual preference. Our youth organization, DögUng is relatively newly founded, but it has stated the importance of sexual education in schools being propelled into the 21.st century by broadening the discussion to include the identities of LGBTI+ openly and not as separate or secondary matters.
After attending Samtökin 78’s very enlightening meeting on October 17th, our party intends to voice LGBTI+ issues in order to help make their voices heard. The party emphasizes the importance of formulating its issues based on real solutions that attack the root cause of problems. Dögun tries to do so in close co-operation with NGO’s, specialists and organizations that have acquired experience in dealing with the matter at hand. We at Dögun would like to learn more about LGBTI+ issues and concerns to better our understanding of those issues. That way we hope to aid the formulation of inclusive and informed laws and update our charter accordingly in the very near future.

2. Has the party contributed to the issues of LGBTI+ people?
No, not yet, unfortunately, but we intend to change that. We believe that it is of utmost importance, because an ever-growing organization definitely needs a louder voice within the educational system, in congress and in society as a whole. The focus of political debate in recent years has been mainly on the rights and issues of other minority groups such as disabled people, immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. The issues of LGBTI+ people have been discussed a lot less and have been widely ignored and thus have their rights been neglected. That is not a democracy that Dögun supports, we would like to do our part to change that and bring awareness to these issues in order to make Iceland a better place for everyone.

Learning about LGBTI+ matters shouldn’t be a choice for teachers and other people working with children and young people, it should be a mandatory part of the curriculum.

3. If the party were to become part of the next government, exactly what LGBTI+ issues would it focus on?
Dögun would focus on bringing LGBTI+ issues to the forefront of political debate and would like to make a few changes:
– That the law against discrimination be extended to sexual preference as the new constitution states, so getting the new constitution would be a step in the right direction. Having said that, the constitution needs to be rewritten to include a law against the discrimination of individuals who identify as non-gender-binary, inter-sex, polyamorous and probably a whole lot more that we at Dögun need and wish to learn more about.
– We at Dögun would like the educational system to respect and support children’s and young people’s right to use their full potential in life and to grow up happy and healthy. Seeing that children are coming out more and earlier than before as for example trans, gay or bisexual we see it as our responsibility to ensure that they and all youth have good access to sexual education that includes learning about all the different types of sexual identities and preferences there are, so they can better identify themselves and respect the different identities of other people.
Learning about LGBTI+ matters shouldn’t be a choice for teachers and other people working with children and young people, it should be a mandatory part of the curriculum.
– We at Dögun would also like to take action and responsibility for the equality of society and reduce prejudice, discrimination and aggression against minorities. We would like to put more money into the task of educating young people and the public in general about the rights and matters of LGBTI+ people in co-operation with specialists and experienced people from Samtökin ‘78.

Helga Þórðardóttir,
chair of Dögun (Dawn).


Framsókn (B)

The Progresive Party

 

Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, chair of Framsókn.

Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, chair of Framsókn.

1. Are LGBTI+ issues mentioned in the party’s charter?
The Progressive Party has in its fundamental policy charter the fight for human rights, respect for the individual and the family. Any discrimination is rejected that distinguishes between people by race, gender, language, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or political opinions. This basic policy is emphasized in the resolutions of the party which state that equality is one of the fundamental motifs in the party’s policy. The resolutions also state that equal rights are human rights and that it is important to prohibit discrimination by sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or other status. Furthermore the resolutions also claim that the family in its diversity is the basic structure of society and therein lies a reference to different family patterns, such as queer parents or any other family forms.

2. Has the party contributed to the issues of LGBTI+ people?
Through the years the Progressive Party has maintained that LGBTI+ issues are and should be issues that cross party lines and that every party should unite about. On that basis the Progress Party has been actively involved in collaboration on these issues with other parties, for example in 2002 with the founding of a special parliamentary commission to investigate the legal status of homosexual persons and the legislative reforms that followed. More recently, the Progressive Party has been actively involved in the committee on the issues of queer people working on a proposal for an integrated action plan for improving the status of LGBTI+ people in society. Furthermore Mrs. Eygló Harðardóttir, Minister and MP for the Progressive Party, has played a leading role in policy making on government and parliament level on the issue of family and its action plan for 2017-2021 with the aim of ensuring equal rights of children regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2014 Mrs. Harðardóttir also put in motion policy to receive queer refugees in Iceland.

In recent years two members of the Progressive Party have served as Foreign Minister and as such have spoken out on behalf of LGBTI+ rights in various international venues including the UN.

The main focus should be on a higher score for Iceland on the so-called rainbow map and improving the infrastructure of legal protection for LGBTI+ rights.

3. If the party were to become part of the next government, exactly what LGBTI+ issues would it focus on?
The Progressives Party believes that the focus should now be on allowing the committee on LGBTI+ issues to complete its work and submit its results and suggestions to Parliament. The main focus should be on a higher score for Iceland on the so-called rainbow map and improving the infrastructure of legal protection for LGBTI+ rights.

The Progressive Party is proud to be able to boast of queer candidates in some of the party’s top seats in the upcoming election. This reflects the active role LGBTI+ people take in the Progressive Party’s functions which has always been a significant and important part of the party’s activities.

Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson,
chair of Framsókn (The Progressive Party).


Húmanistaflokkurinn (H)logo-humanistaflokksins_3

The Humanist Party

Júlíus Valdimarsson, the chair of Húmanistaflokkurinn.

Júlíus Valdimarsson, the chair of Húmanistaflokkurinn.

1. Are LGBTI+ issues mentioned in the party’s charter?
Yes, the Humanist Party rejects any form of discrimination.
The Humanist Party’s political program is based on freedom and human rights. Human rights are something which each and every human being should be entitled to, irrespective of age, race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, language, opinions, nationality, relations or any other circumstances.

2. Has the party contributed to the issues of LGBTI+ people?
Yes, the Humanist Party has supported the fight for the rights of gay people both here in Iceland and internationally in countries where the Humanist Party is active, for instance in countries where the treatment of gay people is very bad. Examples of this are found for instance in some African countries where being gay is punished by long prison sentences or even death.

3. If the party were to become part of the next government, exactly what LGBTI+ issues would it focus on?
The Humanist Party does not consider it to be the task for government to support just any type of organisations, but we think that it should call for democratic participation of the general public when deciding their annual budget.
Furthermore we emphasize that the government should provide financial support to organisations which are fighting for human rights like Samtökin ’78 so they can do their task effectively.

Furthermore we emphasize that the government should provide financial support to organisations which are fighting for human rights like Samtökin ’78 so they can do their task effectively.

But we humanists want to go much further. The government should officially denounce bad treatment of gay people in countries where the situation is worst, like in countries where people are put to prison for being gay or even executed. The government should also encourage other nations to do the same and work for an international push to promote human rights for gay people in all countries.
Such an official attitude by the government would in itself contribute to a better condition for gay people in this country because it would draw attention of the general public to this subject and it will challenge us as a nation to show a good example to the world by improving rights and attitudes towards gay people in Iceland.

Júlíus Valdimarsson,
chair of Húmanistaflokkurinn (The Humanist Party).


Píratar (Þ)

The Pirate Party

Oktavía Jónsdóttir, Píratar.

Oktavía Hrund Jónsdóttir, Píratar.

1. Are LGBTI+ issues mentioned in the party’s charter?
The core policy (charter) of the pirates does not explicitly mention the rights of any specific group, however it does have the following phraseology that touches on current issues facing in-particular trans and intersex related issues in Iceland:

4. Transparency and responsibility
4.6 Pirates believe that everyone has an unlimited right to be involved in decisions that relate to their own affairs, and a right to knowledge about how such decisions are made.
5. Freedom of information and expression
5.2 Any limits to people’s freedom to express themselves are unacceptable, except for the purpose of protecting the rights of individuals.
6. Direct democracy and the right to self-determination
6.1 Pirates believe that everyone has an unlimited right to be involved in decisions that relate to their own affairs.

These three points and the charter in its entirely work to guarantee the rights of society’s weakest and strengthen core liberties to allow for equal rights, equal access and respect for all.
Further, the Pirate Party in Iceland has three policies relating to equality; core policy on equality, equal pay and as relating to stereotyping. All of these policies safeguard the civil rights and liberties of all regardless of gender identity or expression to equal access and rights.

The issues of real concern for the Pirate Party are in particular trans people’s rights and education, the latter being both education in schools emphasizing diversity, tolerance and respect.

2. Has the party contributed to the issues of LGBTI+ people?
The Pirate Party in Iceland has not yet had the opportunity to take on LGBTQI+ issues in parliament. However, the Pirate Party is supportive to the efforts of other parties working on draft bills to better secure the rights of LGBTQI+ people. As the draft looks today, the Pirate Party looks forward to working with other parties make the current draft bill even more inclusive to intersex rights.

3. If the party were to become part of the next government, exactly what LGBTI+ issues would it focus on?
The issues of real concern for the Pirate Party are in particular trans people’s rights and education, the latter being both education in schools emphasizing diversity, tolerance and respect. As well as acknowledgingg “third” sex option (i.e. non-binary etc.) in public registries and offices, allowing for passports and other documents to have further options. The Pirate Party has specific policy to trans people’s rights. It aims to modify current law 57/2012 to: further empower individuals undertaking transitional surgery, change the binary nature of the language in the law and allow for equal subsidization of treatment drugs.

Oktavía Hrund Jónsdóttir,
candidate for Píratar (The Pirate Party).


Samfylkingin (S)logoxs2

The Social Democratic Alliance

Oddný Harðardóttir, chair of Samfylkingin.

Oddný Harðardóttir, chair of Samfylkingin.

1. Are LGBTI+ issues mentioned in the party’s charter?
You bet.
Both in the Manifesto from when the party was founded in the year 2000, as well as subsequent policy documents. In 2015 the Party Congress adopted a specific resolution covering many pressing LGBTI+ issues; including more rights for trans and intersex people, third gender, blood donations of men who have sex with men, making international adoption possible for same-sex couples and making sure that in international relations Iceland actively speaks up for LGBTI+ rights.

2. Has the party contributed to the issues of LGBTI+ people?
Oh yes.
Samfylkingin representatives have again and again taken the lead when it comes to the rights of these groups. Some examples include the following.

– 2015: Community of Hafnarfjörður, and later Kópavogur, Garðabær, Hveragerði, Mosfellsbær and Selfoss, agrees on offering LGBTI+ training/education (tabled by various Samfylkingin representatives, 19-year-old Eva Lín Vilhjálmsdóttir the first one)
– 2014: Parliamentary resolution on supporting the struggle of LGBTI+ people in Uganda (tabled by Össur Skarphéðinsson, PM of Samfylkingin)
– 2012: First legislation on rights of trans people adopted (Initiative of Welfare Minister Guðbjartur Hannesson of Samfylkingin)
– 2010: Gay marriage legalized (Under coalition government of PM Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir of Samfylkingin)
– 2009: First in the world openly gay person becomes leader of a country (Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir of Samfylkingin)
– 2005: The capital city Reykjavík makes a service agreement with Samtökin ’78 (Under Mayor Steinunn Valdís Óskarsdóttir of Samfylkingin )
– 2003: Parliamentary resolution on the legal status of gay people (Tabled by Guðrún Ögmundsdóttir, MP of Samfylkingin).

Samfylkingin further wants to introduce a third or undetermined gender into Icelandic legislation for non gender-binary people (we are aware of that this is complex and has to be done in full cooperation with trans and intersex representatives…).

3. If the party were to become part of the next government, exactly what LGBTI+ issues would it focus on?
It is simply unacceptable that LGBTI+ teenagers feel worse than other teenagers just because they’re gay, lesbian, bi, trans, intersex or in other ways don’t fit old stereotypes.
I would like to see a wholistic policy and action plan formed by Icelandic authorities, portraying a longer-term vision. Iceland also has further work to do on securing the legal status of LGBTI+ people, including against discrimination – which should have been finished long ago.
Samfylkingin wants to find ways to secure the bodily integrity of intersex children so that they themselves are the ones to decide whether medical intervention is needed. We want to revise the legislation on trans issues and stop defining trans issues as a mental disorder, while at the same time securing that medical assistance to trans people is included in the public health care system. Samfylkingin further wants to introduce a third or undetermined gender into Icelandic legislation for non gender-binary people (we are aware of that this is complex and has to be done in full cooperation with trans and intersex representatives, as is the lesson from Germany). We want to actively push for an adoption agreement with a country that allows same-sex couples to adopt. Samfylkingin will also continue to push Iceland to be a strong voice for LGBTI+ issues internationally. Last but not least, we want the new Icelandic constitution to explicitly cover equality not just based on sexual orientation as was suggested by the Constitutional Council, but also gender identity.

Oddný Harðarsdóttir,
chair of Samfylkingin (The Social Democratic Alliance).


Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn (D)

The Icelandic Independence Party

Bjarni Benediktsson, chair of Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn.

Bjarni Benediktsson, chair of Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn.

1. Are LGBTI+ issues mentioned in the party’s charter?
The individuals’ freedom to be whoever they are, love whomever they love and live their live without prejudice or restrictions from the government, is important to me. It is my profound belief that a free society promotes diversity and respect.
I am therefore proud to belong to a party that has supported those rights and participated in significant legislative changes to secure LGBTI+ people’s place in the society.

The following passages are from the Party’s manifesto:
The Independence Party has sponsored bills that have increased the rights of LGBTI+ people to adopt children and to enter into marriage. The Party should continue to be leading in LGBTI+ rights. Lesbian non-biological mothers should not have to provide a proof of parenthood to Register in Iceland.
The Independence Party wants blood donors to be evaluated based on their health records and not their sexual orientation. The Party strongly encourages The Icelandic Blood Bank to reconsider its stance towards gay men.
Processes and procedures within the healthcare system in terms of trans and intersex people should be reviewed. Laws need to be changed to reflect the human rights of these groups better.

Processes and procedures within the healthcare system in terms of trans and intersex people should be reviewed. Laws need to be changed to reflect the human rights of these groups better.

2. Has the party contributed to the issues of LGBTI+ people?
The Party has been leading in all aspects of LGBTI+ rights for more than thirty years. These are some of the milestones that have been reached by the parliament while the Independence Party has been in government:
– 1985: Changes were made to an article in the Penal Code that had been used against homosexual men in the past.
– 1992: A resolution was passed that stipulated that a committee should be formed by the Prime Minister that would write a report on gay people’s position in the community that would form a basis for the necessary changes to the legislation going forward.
– 1996: All discrimination based on gender or sexual inclinations were removed from the Penal Code.
– 1996: Introduction of Civil Unions. Same sex couples were allowed to enter into a civil union. The legislation made Iceland the most progressive country in Northern Europe in terms of gay rights.
– 2000: Discrimination based on sexual inclination was made illegal.
– 2003: Gay parents were allowed to adopt their stepchildren.
– 2003: A resolution was passed to form a new committee on gay rights.
– 2014: A resolution was passed to form yet another committee on LGBTI+ rights in cooperation with LGBTI+ activists and experts in the field.
– 2014: Discrimination against trans people made illegal.

3. If the party were to become part of the next government, exactly what LGBTI+ issues would it focus on?
The right of the individual to freedom and self-realization has been the core of the Independence Party’s values since the Party was founded in 1929. LGBTI+ rights are intrinsic to these values. There is always an ongoing discussion within the Independence Party on how laws can be changed in order to reflect the human rights of these groups better. We fully acknowledge that the struggles of the LGBTI+ community is not over in Iceland, especially in regards to trans and intersex people.The Independence Party will continue to stay committed to further the LGBTI+ cause.
If the Independence Party will continue to be in government after the elections it will continue to be leading in this respect.

Bjarni Benediktsson,
chair of Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn (The Icelandic Independence Party).


Viðreisn (C)

Reform Party

Benedikt Jóhannesson, chair of Viðreisn.

Benedikt Jóhannesson, chair of Viðreisn.

1. Are LGBTI+ issues mentioned in the party’s charter?
Yes, we do mention LGBTQIA+ people in our party’s charter. It is in the chapter on equality, where it says: Viðreisn supports LGBTQIA+ people’s fight for equal rights. The party is an advocate for freedom, human rights and equal status and wants Iceland to be a leading country when it comes to the equality of LGBTQIA+ people. Legislation should be modernized and we will ensure support to LGBTQIA+ education for public professions.

Amongst the things we would like to do is making genital surgeries on intersex children illegal until they can make the decision for themselves.

2. Has the party contributed to the issues of LGBTI+ people?
Since Viðreisn did not exist when the last parliamentary elections took place, we have not been able to influence legislation – so far. Our youth group took part in Reykjavík Pride and some of our members have contributed to local queer activism.

3. If the party were to become part of the next government, exactly what LGBTI+ issues would it focus on?
We would like to correct some outdated laws to ensure equal status for LGBTQIA+ people in Iceland. Amongst the things we would like to do is making genital surgeries on intersex children illegal until they can make the decision for themselves.

Benedikt Jóhannesson,
chair of Viðreisn (Reform Party).


Vinstri græn (V)vg2

The Left-Green Movement

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, chair of Vinstri Græn.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, chair of Vinstri Græn.

1. Are LGBTI+ issues mentioned in the party’s charter?
Several resolutions concerning LGBTI+ issues have been passed at our national meetings, concerning rights and harrassment and, not least, increased emphasis on education concerning LGBTI+ issues in the general school system and in society as a whole.

2. Has the party contributed to the issues of LGBTI+ people?
During the party’s time in government new gender-neutral marriage laws were passed in 2010, with Icelandic becoming the ninth country in the world to pass such laws. We have also worked on several projects, in government, parliament and in local communities, concerning education on LBGTI+ issues.

Our first project concerning LGBTI+ issues would be a new legislation focusing on the rights of trans and intersex individuals.

3. If the party were to become part of the next government, exactly what LGBTI+ issues would it focus on?
Our first project concerning LGBTI+ issues would be a new legislation focusing on the rights of trans and intersex individuals. We have already prepared a draft of such a bill in close co-operation with representatives from this group. Furthermore, the constitution currently under construction needs to be reassessed to better reflect LGBTI+ issues. We see it as important for the government to participate in countering binary thinking concerning gender and sexuality and it needs to take further steps to recognise the fluidity of gender.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir,
chair of Vinstri Græn (The Left-Green Movement).

Note

Despite several requests the political parties Flokkur fólksins (The People’s Party) and Íslenska Þjóðfylkingin (The Icelandic National Front) did not reply to GayIceland’s questions.

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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        Skyr.is
        - 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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