Nothing wrong being in an open relationship

A new Icelandic film, Snow and Salóme, premiers tonight. The film includes a story of gay male couple that falls in love with an Australian tourist.

Snjór og Salóme – Snow and Salóme – a brand new Icelandic feature film written and directed by Sigurður Anton, will premier tonight, Friday April 7th. The film´s story follows Salóme, a

Ævar Már Ágústsson plays Salómon, the gay brother of the main character Salóme. Ævar is known as a stand up comedian and has participated in two of Sigurður Anton’s films, Isabella and Webcam.

young woman in Reykjavík, who lives with her best friend and on/off-boyfriend, Hrafn. Everything changes when Hrafn gets another girl pregnant and she moves in with them.

“Me and Júlí are good friends and it was no big deal kissing him.”

But their’s is not the only complicated relationship in the film; Salóme’s gay brother and his live in boyfriend take in an Australian tourist, played by our own Jonathan Duffy, and both fall in love with him.

The brother is played by Ævar Már Ágústsson and the well-known musician Júlí Heiðar plays his boyfriend. Ævar is known as a stand up comedian and has participated in two of Sigurður Anton’s films, Isabella and Webcam. He is not an educated actor, says it’s more of a hobby, but those who have seen the afore-mentioned films know that he makes memorable characters on the screen. From day-to-day he works as a driver-guide for tourists and is as straight as they come. How did he feel about playing a gay guy?

“I have played a gay character once before, in a film school final project for my friend, I don’t feel it is any different from playing a straight character. We are all people. People in love, I don’t see the difference. There are no actual love scenes between the two guys in the film, just a bit of kissing nothing too intimate, and I didn’t feel it was uncomfortable at all. Me and Júlí are good friends and it was no big deal kissing him.”

The multi-talented Jonathan Duffy plays the Australian guy that the pair falls in love with.

Things get complicated when the Australian tourist comes into the guys home, and they both develop an interest in him. Are we talking about an open relationship here, or are they cheating?

“Well, I don’t really know. I have not even thought about it. He becomes the third-party of the relationship while he stays in Iceland, but the other guys still love each other when he has left. So, yes, I guess you could say that they have an open relationship.”

Is the gay relationship central to the film?

“No, I would not say that the relationship as such is central, but both mine and Júlí’s characters play crucial roles in how things develop. Being gay is actually not really an issue in the story.”

Ævar is clearly flabbergasted by my line of questioning. He honestly has not even thought about the film as having a gay theme. Did he not even consult any gay people on how to convey the character?

“No, I didn’t. The director wrote the role of this gay bear and I just thought: That’s me – apart from the gay part. And I just played my self. Being queer has never been anything I consider a character trait of other people. When I was younger many people thought that I was gay, but that never bothered me. Why should who we love change who we are?”

“The director wrote the role of this gay bear and I just thought: That’s me – apart from the gay part.”

Premier tonight. How do you feel?

“I’m terrified! Being the only non-educated actor in the cast I always feel that if something goes wrong it will be my fault. So the premier is always scary. But as soon as people start laughing I relax. And I’m abxolutely certain that Snow and Salóme is a great film that people of all ages will enjoy to watch. So apart from the premier jitters I’m pretty confident and looking forward to see and hear peoples reaction.”


It shouldn’t matter weather I’m gay or not

As soon as Ævar leaves to get ready for the big night I contact Júlí Heiðar and start by asking him if he agrees with his co actor that it’s no big deal playing a gay character.

“Yes, more or less. This character is not far from myself. Both me and Ævar have loved and to transfer that love to a dear friend for a while is no big deal. Besides I already love Ævar as a friend. So I think we both agree that we did hardly think about it.”

Well known musician Júlí Heiðar plays Gústi, Salómon‘s boyfriend, in the movie.

In these overtly PC times there has been a lot of discussion and criticism of straight guys playing gay guys in movies as some stereotype of ´THE´gay guy, are you not afraid of the reaction?

“No, far from it. Neither one of us was trying to create some stereotype. These characters came straight from the heart and are not that different from ourselves. I didn’t have to wander far from myself to create this character. But of course there are a few things I picked up from my gay friends to enhance the character of Gústi.”

Even though the characters are in a committed relationship both guys see nothing wrong with pursuing a third-party. What do you think about that?

“ I just think the characters are very sexual and open-minded. I made my character be driven by constand hornyness. That’s something I saw in the attitude of a straight friend once and I thought was wonderful. The guys in the film are in many ways in a kind of open relationship, especially regarding sex. But I think the love between them burns the strongest. I think straying is something that happens a lot in all kinds of relationships, maybe more often than one thinks.”

“I think straying is something that happens a lot in all kinds of relationships, maybe more often than one thinks.”

You are a well kown musician and a girl magnet. Did you ever think that playing a gay guy might affect that image?

“Unfortunately there are still some people out there who have a hard time swallowing the fact that love is just love whether it happens between a man and a woman, two men or two women or whatever. But I would find it very weird if this role would affect my career as a musician, well or my image as ”girl magnet” for that matter.” Here Júlí Heiðar laughs, embarrassed.

“I’m educating myself as an actor which entails playing all kinds of roles and this one is no different. It should not matter at all weather I’m gay or not, I should be able to make my music and publish it without that being an issue.”

And now the film‘s premier is just around the corner. How is the feeling?

“This film is made by a group of friends that function like a semi family. I’m positive that we are all very proud of it and excited to show people our masterpiece and I can hardly wait!”

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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