GayIceland brings you the latest news and stories from the queer community in Iceland. We’re proud and happy to be backed by companies, organisations and wonderful people who believe that queer rights matter. Here is what they have to say.


Íshestar

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Jenný Maggý Rúriksdóttir, the marketing manager of Íshestar.

“We’re simply opposed to discrimination. In our eyes everyone is equal whether they are queer or not and the fight for LGBTI+ rights in Iceland is a worthy cause, which aims to eliminate prejudice,” says Jenný Maggý Rúriksdóttir, marketing manager of Íshestar, when asked about the company’s stance when it comes to queer rights.

“… the fight for LGBTI+ rights in Iceland is a worthy cause.”

Íshestar is a riding tour operator who has been offering horseback riding tours in Iceland for more than 30 years.

The company is also a sponsor of GayIceland. “By supporting GayIceland we want to show the LGBTI+ community how important we think it is to advocate for human rights and that LGBTI+ people are welcome to travel around Iceland and of course welcome to ride with us,” says Jenný and adds that it doesn’t hurt that GayIceland is a fun and vibrant website.


Núðluskálin

Kristján and Sigurður.
Kristján Hannesson and Sigurður Eysteinsson, owners of Núðluskálin.

“Núðluskálin is a gay owned and operated restaurant so the fight for LGBTI+ rights in Iceland is our rights struggle,” says Sigurður Jónas Eysteinsson who alongside his husband Kristján Jörgen Hannesson, owns and runs Núðluskálin.

“… the fight for LGBTI+ rights in Iceland is our rights struggle.”

Núðluskálin is a fushion noodle bar in the heart of Reykjavík.

Sigurður says that because of his and his husband’s stance on queer rights it’s their pleasure and duty to support a queer owned and operated media like GayIceland.


Seatours

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Nadine Walter, the marketing manager of Seatours (Sæferðir).

Seatours is a long-established tourist company located in the picturesque coastal town of Stykkisholmur. Marketing manager Nadine Walters is very clear when asked why Seatours backs the Icelandic LGBTI+ community in it’s fight for equal rights.

“… we think that everyone should be equal.“

“Because we think that everyone should be equal,” she simply answers and adds that a website like GayIceland is a good platform for the company to advertise and reach out to the LGBTI+ community.


Landsbankinn

From left: Elín Dóra Halldórsdóttir, Erna Guðrún Sigurðardóttir, Hulda Klara Lárusdóttir og Berglind Guðmundsdóttir.
Employees of Landsbankinn with their rainbow bands. From left: Elín Dóra Halldórsdóttir, Erna Guðrún Sigurðardóttir, Hulda Klara Lárusdóttir og Berglind Guðmundsdóttir.

Landsbankinn celebrates diversity in society and wants to contribute to the LGBTI+ community’s fight for equal rights. “Landsbankinn has been a proud sponsor of Reykjavík Pride for years and this year will be no different,” says Rún Ingvarsdóttir, specialist at Landsbankinn, a bank headquartered in Reykjavík. “In addition to supporting the festival with funding, Landsbankinn has distributed the festival’s flyer in all its branches in order to promote the festival even better throughout the country. A week before the festival begins employees of the bank show their support by wearing rainbow-colored bands (holding staff cards) around their necks.”

“Landsbankinn has been a proud sponsor of Reykjavík Pride for years and this year will be no different.”

Rún says that Landsbankinn fully supports the LGBTI+ community’s fight for equal rights in Iceland. “The bank sponsors GayIceland because it’s an ambitious and vibrant platform for discussions about the queer community and culture in Iceland,“ she points out. “It’s also important for all the tourists traveling to Iceland.”


Whales of Iceland

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Marinó Muggur Þorbjarnarson, oversees education and marketing at Whales of Iceland.

Whales of Iceland, with its life-sized models, an interactive installation and virtual reality experience, is the largest whales exhibition of its kind in the world. Marinó Muggur Þorbjarnarson, who oversees education and marketing, says that openly supporting queer rights is important to the company. “Icelanders are very proud of the freedom in Iceland and how far human rights have come here. The freedom of love is highly valued in our country. So you could say that Iceland is a beam of light when it comes to the LGBTI+ community’s struggle for human rights.”

“Icelanders are very proud of the freedom in Iceland and how far human rights have come here. The freedom of love is highly valued in our country.”

He goes on: “Whales of Iceland is a large travel company and regards itself in a way as an ambassador of the Icelandic culture and society. We respect the rights of LGBTI+ people and it is our pleasure to support a media like GayIceland that mediates their struggle to visitors coming to the country.”


Macland

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Hörður Ágústsson, owner of Macland.

“We are a company that doesn’t want to see any discrimination in any field. We are all here on this planet and differentiation is our main problem. Diversity is the most beautiful thing about our species, and we should celebrate that, not hinder or suppress. As singer Páll Óskar put it perhaps best: “Out with hate and in with love (must sing this to get the right feel to it)”,” says Hörður Ágústsson, owner of the innovative and “humane” computer store Macland.

“Out with hate and in with the love.”

Hörður doesn’t hesitate to speak his mind when it comes to Macland’s support for GayIceland. “Macland is a service company founded on the basis that all our customers are equal and should receive the same quality service. Gayiceland.is an excellent enterprise run by individuals who have had to fight for their rights from birth and we want to lend our support as much as we can. We who are born into privilege (a white male in Iceland is in that position) as I am, need to go ahead and join the fight. Anything else is not an option.”


Tommi’s Burger Joint

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Tómas Tómasson, on the right, is the founder and owner of Tommi’s Burger Joint, which has become an international restaurant chain.

The international restaurant chain Tommi’s Burger Joint is the creation of Icelandic entrepreneur Tómas Tómasson.

Tómas, or Tommi, is a legend with in the Icelandic restaurant industry and known as the guy who brought hamburgers to Iceland. And he’s certainly not afraid to speak his mind about discrimination. “It is ludicrous to discriminate against LGBTI+ people! People should be allowed to be exactly who they are!”

“It is ludicrous to discriminate against LGBTI+ people!”

Having ties to the LGBTI+ community in Iceland, Tómas says he wants to show his support to the community. “I want to support the cause and show solidarity in action,” he says, referring Tommi’s Burger Joint support of GayIceland.


Blue Lagoon

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“A diverse society makes our society richer,” says Atli Sigurður, project manager of the marketing department at the Bue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions and a sponsor of GayIceland. Atli Sigurður Kristjánsson, a project manager of the marketing department at the Blue Lagoon, says the company wants to contribute to human rights. “We wholeheartedly support human rights and think that a diverse society makes our society both richer and more beautiful. GayIceland.is is a high quality website, and important one, and we congratulate those who are behind it.”

“We support human rights and think a diverse society makes our society both richer and more beautiful.”


Dohop

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Davíð Gunnarsson, Dohop CEO.

Dohop is a free and independent travel search engine, which finds the cheapest flights, cars and hotels. Davíð Gunnarsson, Dohop CEO, is very clear on why the company supports queer rights. “We believe that everyone should live their life exactly as they want. It’s as simple as that.”

 “We believe that everyone should live their life exactly as they want.“

Dohop is a sponsor of GayIceland and Davíð says it’s because the company simply wants people who are interested in visiting Iceland to have access to information that is useful to them.
“The material on GayIceland.is a great help to those who are LGBTI+ and are interested in visiting Iceland.”


Mjólkursamsalan

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Gréta Björg Jakobsdóttir works at the marketing department of MS.

Mjólkursamsalan (MS Iceland Dairies) is a cooperative organisation that includes over 700 of Iceland’s family-run dairy farms and other milk producers across the country. Gréta Björg Jakobsdóttir, who is part of the marketing team, says that MS focuses on equality and supports various matters related to it, including LGBTI+ issues. “Our Human resource is the most important resource and Mjólkursamsalan’s policy is that their employees are not discriminated against because of gender, sexual orientation, religion or other factors.”

“Supporting GayIceland is part of our social responsibility … “

Gréta adds that Mjólkursamsalan has for many years focused on supporting community projects. “Supporting GayIceland is part of our social responsibility which we take great pride in. Among other projects we are proudly funding are the promotion the Icelandic language, entrepreneurship of various types and support for numerous charities and sports.”


Icelandic Mountain Guides

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Arnar Már Ólafsson, director of marketing at Icelandic Mountain Guides.

Icelandic Mountain Guides is Iceland’s premier adventure tour operator. Director of marketing Arnar Már Ólafsson says there is no doubt when it comes to the company’s stance on queer rights.

“We support the rights of LGBTI+ people in Iceland. The issue revolves around fundamental human rights.”

“The issue revolves around fundamental human rights.“

One way of ways Icelandic Mountain Guides shows their support to the LGBTI+ cause is by sponsoring GayIceland.

“LGBTI+ people are obviously a group of people who we welcome in our trips,” says Arnar. “We believe that GayIceland is a good platform to reach them.”


Aurora Reykjavík

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Grétar Jónsson, the founder and director, CFO of Aurora Reykjavik.

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. Grétar Jónsson, the founder and Director, CFO at Aurora Reykjavík, says that the company’s view on queer rights is clear. “In our opinion we all have the same right; as we see it well in our work where we meet a very broad range of people, it does not matter what color of skin you have, what religion you are, where you come from or if you are queer. The people have all been great and everybody means well.

“In our opinion we all have the same right; it does not matter what color of skin you have, what religion you are, where you come from or if you are queer.”

Those who have something against these groups usually lack knowledge on issues surrounding them and therefore we think it’s good to have made a contribution to change that,” he says, referring to Aurora Reykjavík‘s sponsorship of GayIceland.

“When GayIceland reached out, we had recently decided to put more money into internet marketing and this was the ideal start. In addition, we are very concerned about human rights and so we hit two birds with one stone by sponsoring GayIceland.”

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.

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          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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