Never before seen footage from Svona fólk now available

Full length material from the documentary series Svona Fólk available online.

The 2019 documentary series Svona Fólk detailed the fight for queer rights in Iceland and told the stories of countless LGBT+ Icelanders. Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, the creator of the series, is now adding the full length interview material online with new and never before seen footage from the series. Over 400 hours of footage was collected discussing the formation of Iceland’s Samtökin ‘78 Association, the beginning of Reykjavík Pride, the fight against HIV and AIDS in Iceland, and personal stories from around the island. GayIceland sat down to chat with Hrafnhildur about the series and its impact in Iceland.

On becoming a documentary filmmaker.

“I studied in the US and moved there in 1985, to study at the University of California Berkeley,” says Hrafnhildur. “I was feeling pretty disillusioned about being gay in Iceland. It was a pretty dreadful time. AIDS was starting to pop up and the gay community here was quite small and there was a lot of drinking. I just decided that I didn’t want to spend my “good years” in that kind of environment,” she says.

“Because I had just edited and presented Svona Fólk we were processing AIDS and what happened then and I had felt like I came to some kind of peace with it. Then boom, Covid hit and observing the differences was infuriating in a way.”

The movement for queer liberation and a few icons from that time drew her to the area. “I was fortunate to go to the San Francisco bay area. I had read an article, some years earlier, about Tom Ammiano who was a gay teacher in San Francisco. He later became a part of the city council and eventually ran for mayor unsuccessfully in the 1990s.” Tom became well known as an activist after founding a gay teacher’s organization which sucessfully pushed the school board to stop discriminating based on sexual orientation. He, Harvey Milk (the San Francisco city board member who was murdered by another counsilmember along with the then mayor George Moscone), and activist Hank Wilson later went on to stop legislation banning any gay person from teaching in California.

Hrafnhildur saw this movement but didn’t necessarily know how her skills and interests would align with it. “I was in the general department of UC Berkeley but I wanted to become a journalist. I became a bit disillusioned with American journalism. Although being in America taught me a lot about critical thinking, going there at age 21 wasn’t easy,” she says. “I ended up studying more photography. I’ve always been involved with photography since I was in my teenage years. From there I ended up just going into documentary filmmaking, which kind of combined the photography and journalism aspects,” says Hrafnhildur.

On the difference between Iceland and the US

While studying and living in the US she would travel back to Iceland occasionally. “I lived in the states over a period of about 14 years,” says Hrafnhildur. For her, the US government’s role in the Vietnam war didn’t make the country more appealing: “I would travel back to Iceland every so often, once, twice a year. I never intended to stay that long. I had a lot of problems with American policy, the wars. People were saying “oh it’s strange that you’re going to the US” because I was quite critical of anything that had to do with the army or wars or anything like that.

Hrafnhildur says looking at the current pandemic response and comparing it to the response to the AIDS pandemic in the past it shows the difference between how queer people are treated and the rest of society. “It kinda makes me furious,” she says. Photo / Sigurþór Gunnlaugsson

But I figured it was a much more multi-layered society and I was certainly not disappointed by what I imagined,” says Hrafnhildur. “In Berkeley and San Francisco you got to know these movements, civil disobedience and free speech. I could have gone to the midwest and had a completely different experience, but I think my choice was good to pick [the bay area].”

Hrafnhildur mentions it was good in “at least in the San Francisco area and maybe New York, it was completely different in different parts of the country. San Francisco was really a gay ghetto. That was wonderful at the time because there was just this huge presence and visibility of gay people. Nobody was wondering what anyone else thought. But it was completely isolated in that particular area. You know, you go down to San Jose or into the valley and totally different attitudes prevail.”

She says in Iceland at the time everything was very closely knit. “A lot of people were still ashamed. [LGBT+] people were in hiding. We didn’t have the strength of a community. We had just started being a little bit visible in like 1981, 1982 when the first pictures were in the media about being gay. And only one or two years later we had AIDS on our hands.” The virus was confusing because “at first we were wondering if this was some kind of attack, not quite believing that you could have a virus that would only attack gay men,” says Hrafnhildur.

“As a young person, dealing with your friends being HIV positive and then dying, it was a pretty horrific time.”

“It was totally different because of how closed and small the society was. Once the gay movement here had nothing to loose, meaning AIDS was upon us and it had to be dealt with, that’s how we became visible in the media and to the authorities, that’s when things started changing. I realized this coming back. I could see things changing. As a young person, dealing with your friends being HIV positive and then dying, it was a pretty horrific time,” she says.

On collecting personal stories

That’s when Hrafnhildur started documenting interviews with Icelanders. “The first interview was with my dear friend Björn Braga Björnsson who died a year later or so from complications of AIDS,” she says. The tone around the conversation for queer rights began to shift. “That’s when things started changing and they started pushing the politicians to investigate what the status really was for gay people here. Which resulted in the law that was passed by the parliament in 1996 ensuring gay partnership. It had a huge effect. For those of us who thought we should fight for marriage being completely dismantled, we were completely wrong. At least the government here wasn’t like the US government, Regan in particular, not even wanting to mention the word AIDS. At least it was being dealt with on an official level [in Iceland].”

On our current pandemic

Hrafnhildur says looking at the current pandemic response shows the difference between how queer people are treated and the rest of society. “It kinda makes me furious,” she says. In her view “it took a long, long time to get a realistic treatment [for AIDS]. Until the cocktail came it was twelve or thirteen years. I think it was homophobia in part that contributed to how long it took to get the proper medicine. You can see since Covid is affecting the general population, it only takes a year to find vaccination. Talk about second class citizens!”

Hrafnhildur and her wife Harpa Másdóttir and their daughter Hólmfríður Bóel.

For Hrafnhildur it was jarring to have just finished the documentary and then be in the middle of another outbreak. However, this may have changed the viewer’s perspective on public health and disease control. “Because I had just edited and presented Svona Fólk we were processing AIDS and what happened then and I had felt like I came to some kind of peace with it. Then boom, Covid hit and observing the differences was infuriating in a way,” she says.

When asked if she would have made the documentary differently now, after another pandemic Hrafnhildur says: “I might have at least hit upon those points. It became so stark looking at the different responses we gave Covid-19. How cruel can a virus be to only affect gay people, gay men in particular? And of course other “disposable” populations at the time like narcotic drug users and the black population. It was an interesting perspective to obtain after the fact.”

On the reaction from her work

At the end of the day, Svona Fólk is a huge addition to the historical register of queer life in Iceland. “I’m just happy to have finally finished the project because the first interview was taken in 1992 and the program aired in 2019. It took a long time to make. It also surprised me how it became a process for the nation to look in the mirror. Many people came up to me and said “I didn’t realize it was like that.” It seemed that what was so in our face and our experience, despite the media writing articles, was a hidden experience,” says Hrafnhildur.

Apparently, many modern Icelanders didn’t think their neighbors we’re really dealing with much adversity. “Whatever realities we were facing in terms of discrimination, they didn’t think it was really true. Now that [Svona Fólk] aired, people that didn’t believe it before suddenly saw something they hadn’t,” she says. “I have never in my life gotten such a response. People calling me out of the blue or jumping on me in the street and hugging me, giving me flowers. It was totally unexpected,” says Hrafnhildur.

“There are lots of good people working inside the national church, however there are still priests that believe marriage is only between a man and a woman but they are few and far between.”

“It definitely changed the conversation. The way which I ended up presenting the material was making sure the material was through my perspective. For one, I didn’t want to be criticized by gay people and I didn’t want to be criticized by straight people. So I just presented it from my own perspective. And I think that ended up really working as you can’t say “oh she didn’t talk about this or that” because it was just from my own experience. One of the responses I got was that people didn’t really know it had been like this, that it had been so difficult.”

On what the church said

Following the documentary, the Bishop of Iceland apologized on behalf of the National Church of Iceland. Hrafnhildur says this was a big step forward and pushed the conversation further. “The second thing was that some of the more liberal priests felt unacknowledged and they criticised me. However they were treated like the rest of the “outsiders” in the film since the film was from a gay perspective. I wanted to make one episode about the struggle with the church but I only had 5 parts to deal with a 40 year history so that whole part ended up being short. Still it shook the national church which is what matters and gay people ended up getting an apology from the bishop on behalf of the national church. There are lots of good people working inside the national church, however there are still priests that believe marriage is only between a man and a woman but they are few and far between. It took too long for the church to change. But at least it ended up happening. As a filmmaker you never know what’s going to happen, but that was definitely a positive thing,” she says.

Another story Hrafnhildur sees worthy of documenting is the relationship between Krossinn (The Cross, a religious group) and members of the LGBT+ community. “There’s a whole untold story there with Krossinn. Krossinn ran a half way house – which the authorites never should have allowed as a treatment resource – and many young gay men exiting rehab in particular ended up in there,” she says. “There are stories of gay people straight married in the church. Furthermore, I know of at least a couple of men who ended up in the program, who ended up committing suicide. So there’s that whole story that hasn’t been told… but we’ll see,” says Hrafnhildur. In a 2016 interview GayIceland’s Friðrika Benónýsdóttir chatted about Krossinn with Ragnar Birkir, an ex-member, who mentions the group wasn’t actively changing people’s sexual orientation but they encouraged people to “become their true selves.”

Even though some of the conversation was started with Svona Fólk, Hrafnhildur says she “will probably end up collecting more material about the church” because it’s a conversation that she’d like to close. For her, there’s a lot more material to work with. “We have a lot of allies in the church but I was unable to really deal with that in the series. It became like six minutes of something that could be fifty minutes. After the faux pas they made with the whole campaign with the gay Jesus they kinda took one step forward and two steps back (laughs). They just can’t help themselves.”

On making the project a reality
Svona Fólk is a documentary series about the history of the struggle for gay rights in Iceland. The story spans four decades and traces the struggle of homosexuals for human rights, human dignity and visibility from the first indication that their movement came about in the mid-1970s until the time when radical legal reforms were in place.

The series wasn’t easy for Hrafnhildur to make either. She didn’t receive much funding for it until years into the project. “Well it’s interesting because first it was about HIV and its impact. Then it became about the gay movement. I probably could have done a better job, but it became a duty. Maybe I should have filmed more here or there, typical doubts of a filmmaker. I was having such a hard time getting the project funded. It took ten years to get any reasonable amount of money for it. That was hard. And you have to carry it, carry the weight yourself and believe in yourself. When you’re at that age you’re always doubting yourself,” says Hrafnhildur.

She mentions that it was really important to document this whole time and she’s glad she did it, and she’s glad she finally managed to complete it. And there’s even more material than what made it on RÚV. “It was such a huge amount of material we decided to make it available for academics because it turns out that no one else documented these stories. I could have made a few different films with all the material that was left on the editing room floor. So I decided that I’d like to give access to it for future generations.”

Hrafnhildur says “as a matter of fact I wanted to make eight episodes, and I made five. I ended up making another film, Fjaðrafok – The Glitter Storm that chronicled the history of Hinsegindagar (Gay Pride later Reykjavik Pride), which also had a huge effect. It came out last year, but that could have been another episode in the series.

“I could have made a few different films with all the material that was left on the editing room floor. So I decided that I’d like to give access to it for future generations.”

I have an English subtitle version of the episodes, but I think for a foreign market I should make a stand alone documentary, full length – 120 minutes,” she says. The original series is long, Hrafnhildur figures “a shorter version would definitely be better for an international audience. I don’t have any plans for that, but I could end up doing it. Last year with Covid and everything being shut down it made sense to air the program for pride [on RÚV].”

Though the documentary is now complete, Hrafnhildur says the best way to continue her work is to make the material available to more people, especially the younger generation of Icelanders in school. “For me right now, I want to complete the website (svonafolk.is) and I was hoping that the government could help me make the series available to all schools because I get lots of requests to show it in schools but they have no funding. I was hoping that I could finance a sort of second life online for the schools, but I’m not sure.” The importance of the interviews Hrafnhildur collected plays out as a case study for future generations. The context of what life was like for queer Icelanders before will prove invaluable when fighting for our rights in the future.

To find out more about Hrafnhildur, Krumma Films, and Svona Fólk, check out the links here:

Svona Fólk on RÚV
Svona Fólk on Vimeo
Svona Fólk website with full interviews
Krumma Films

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.

      Nasdaq

         

        Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a global technology company serving the capital markets and other industries. Our diverse offering of data, analytics, software and services enables clients to optimize and execute their business vision with confidence.

        With over 4,300 employees in 39 offices around the world, at Nasdaq we all contribute to the success of the company and its culture, and each one of us has the ability to make a difference. When it comes to our core mission and values, we embrace the role of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) as a fundamental driver of our corporate growth, workplace culture and market development. We strive to create a culture that embraces the power of different perspectives—a culture where people’s unique backgrounds and different experiences helps us fuel innovation and support our clients around the world.

        Our unique position at the center of the capital markets allows us to see firsthand how these values have redefined corporate culture and success, deepening and accelerating our own commitment to champion inclusive growth and prosperity, as we strive to create more equitable opportunities to help people of all backgrounds reach their full potential. Most notably, we published our diversity statistics for the first time in 2020. These metrics serve as a quantitative assessment of where we are today and help determine what strategies we need to adopt to enhance diversity in the workplace. We recognize that we have much work to do, but we are steadfast in our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive culture—one that reflects the communities in which we live, allows all employees to be their true, authentic selves and fosters individual growth and achievement.

        As we move forward together, we will continue advancing diverse ideas and perspectives that help fulfill the promise of a more inclusive and prosperous world. We aim to set the pace for rethinking capital markets and economies anywhere and everywhere. To learn more about the company, technology solutions and career opportunities, visit us on LinkedIn, on Twitter @Nasdaq, or at www.nasdaq.com.

        Blue Lagoon
        - One of the 25 Wonders of the World

        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 2.000 meters within the earth where seawater and freshwater converge in a tectonic realm 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 two hotels, three restaurants, three
        geothermal lagoons, a subterranean spa, a renowned line of skin care, a thriving research center, and a wealth of spa and refreshment facilities.

        Achieving harmony with the volcanic landscape, the lagoon and its surrounding architecture embody the unification of the man-made and the natural, and adhere to the highest principles of sustainability.

        The 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

        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.

        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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            Dohop
            - get inspired
            Dohop

            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. “

            VSÓ Ráðgjöf

               

              VSÓ Ráðgjöf er alhliða ráðgjafar- og verkfræðifyrirtæki sem leggur áherslu á trausta og faglega þjónustu sem tryggir viðskiptavinum hagkvæmustu lausnir hverju sinni, skilar raunverulegum árangri og stuðlar að samkeppnisforskoti.  Á skrifstofum VSÓ í Reykjavík og í Noregi starfar yfir 80 manna samhentur hópur verkfræðinga og annarra tæknimenntaðra starfsmanna.

              Macland
              - for all your Apple needs
              Macland

              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.

              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

              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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