There’s a new place in town for queer men to party. FAB Party at Ægisgarður is a “men only party” for gay, bi and trans men on May 27.

The party is the latest effort to create men only queer spaces in Reykjavík. Last December, a similar men only party was hosted at Ægisgarður by Páll Óskar. Frosti Jónsson is organizing the party. He’s had his fair share of experience at the helm of queer events, organizing Bears on Ice since 2005. Now he’s trying to forge new queer spaces in Iceland.

Frosti Jónsson is organizing the FAB party. Photo/Joshua Shibano

“It’s just the simple idea of adding some diversity to the local gay scene and throw a men only party, where men who like men can enjoy themselves and party a little bit. The idea is quite simple. The number of venues are quite limited, and apart from the Bears on Ice event … there are no men only events. There is a demand for more variety and men only events,” says Frosti, when asked about the idea behind this party.

Why is adding that kind of diversity important for you?
“It’s not only important for me. I think it’s important to create a space for gay, bi and trans men to socialize with other gay, bi and trans men. Where they share their own space and they don’t have to worry about the outside world for a night.”

Don’t you think it’s perhaps a bit ironic to be trying to add some diversity by hosting a “men only” party?
“No… When I talk about diversity, it’s diversity in terms of events in the local gay scene, and diversity in terms of venues and places for gay people or LGBT people. There is one club that labels itself as “queer,” but it’s very mixed and it’s not necessarily the space we’re seeking. We have to share spaces with all sorts of people 365 days a year, so why can’t we create our own space for ourselves?”

Were you also involved in the party hosted in December?
“Slightly. There’s a group of people who were involved, and as the first party in December got such a good response we wanted to do it again. But we’ve been involved in running all sorts of events, and I personally run Bears on Ice, which is a men only event, and I’ve done that for 12 years. And we’re just trying to come up with something that is done on our terms and just have fun! It shouldn’t be taken too seriously.”

“We’ll be flirting with 80’s and 90’s music with some contemporary touch. If that sort of tells you anything. There will be two DJs … There will be some special offers at the bar. Then we will have a secret guest performing…”

What will be the difference between this party and the December party, or Bears on Ice, for example?
“This will be quite different from Bears on Ice, because that is a four-day event. But this will be quite similar in some ways to the December party. We’re focusing on an event where we’re serving not necessarily the same music that’s been played at the regular clubs, and the bottom line is basically just to create social space to help men mingle with other men. ”

What can people expect from the party?
“We’ll be flirting with 80s and 90s music with some contemporary touch. If that sort of tells you anything. There will be two DJs, so that will be DJ Dramatik and DJ Bistro Boy. There will be some special offers at the bar. Then we will have a secret guest performing… And obviously we will not be revealing that.”

Any hints about the secret performer? What they’ll be bringing to the party?
“This party is not necessarily about someone performing or performances. We’re more into just creating this social space where there is good music, where you have the opportunity to dance if you

The men‘s party last December was such a blast that it was decided to throw another one!

want to, but also where you have the opportunity to mingle and socialize. That’s the whole idea. So this is not a show or anything like this, we want to just create a nice party for the night, and it’s up to you what you want to do.”

Does that mean no hints?
“He will sing!”

Why hasn’t there been more formal events for events for gay, bi and trans men in Iceland before?
“I think there are many reasons. One reason is there is very limited supply of places. There’s just one gay club, and obviously it’s hard to please a diverse crowd. And the local gay scene has always been event-driven. There’s been more focus on just coming up with events, with a different focus on different groups within the LGBT umbrella. So that’s why we have Bears on Ice, which is one thing, we have Rainbow Reykajvík, which is another thing, obviously Reykjavík Pride, which is the largest

“We’re more into just creating this social space where there is good music, where you have the opportunity to dance if you want to, but also where you have the opportunity to mingle and socialize. That’s the whole idea.”

LGBT event. And then there are a bunch of small events. And there are actually many small events happening on a regular basis, like monthly drag events. So there are bits and pieces and I think we’re just tailoring to a different crowd. I’m not sure if, given the small LGBT scene in Iceland, it might be a bit hard to run many local venues.”

The queer history in Iceland is still relatively young… Do you feel like you’re part of building a sort of queer history?
“No. It just depends on what you means with queer history, and which perspective. If the perspective is from a political point of view, then I’m not sure I see myself as playing a role in that sense. But obviously everything that’s being done, cultural-wise and politically-wise is part of the queer history. We don’t take ourselves too seriously… Throwing a party is just throwing a party. And I think that’s an as important part of the culture as anything else. It’s for others to judge what your contribution is in the end. I’m personally not on a queer history mission.”

Is this the start of more regular events like this?
“If there’s demand, then yes we’ll probably do it on a more regular basis! Sure. If people want to show up, then that will be the reason to continue doing it.”
FAB Party will take place at Ægisgarður on May 27 from 22 pm. Admission is 2,000 ISK in advance or 2,900 ISK at the door.

Main photo, from the left: Gógó Starr, Starina, host Páll Óskar and Gloria Hole.

Photos: Páll Guðjónsson

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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