Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon, chair of this year’s Reykjavík Pride.

Reykjavik Pride continues despite Covid challenges

A festival with no parade is still a festival says chair of Reykjavík Pride. “We are set on making Reykjavik Pride the most amazing festival we can within the set restrictions.”

Hinsegin dagar (Reykjavik Pride) began yesterday with a splash of paint downtown. The festival, which was officially cancelled in 2020 due to gathering restrictions, was on track to be back in full bloom for 2021 before the latest wave of delta variant infections hit Iceland harder than expected.

Reasonably, Iceland’s top epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason and government officials promptly pulled the plug on one of Iceland’s biggest festivals, Þjóðhátíð. Even with nearly 85% of Iceland vaccinated and more doses on the way, covid-19 is posing a challenge for festival organizers. Last year Þórólfur Guðnason even performed a rendition of the queer anthem I am who I am with his son Hafstein Þórólfsson. Dr. Fauci has nothing on these vocals!

Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon, the chair of the board for the festival this year, mentioned to RÚV that although the festival had become a lot of work, it was still possible to get out and celebrate queer rights. Speaking of the many independently organized off-venue events, Ásgeir mentioned: “With the pandemic limiting the parade, it leaves responsibility to each of us to take the message of Hinsegin dagar forward and promote and protect queer rights. Community responsibility also depends on attendees of all events staying distanced and masked where appropriate, as the festival organizers have poste.”

Last year, Icelanders were encouraged to celebrate pride by taking their own pride walk downtown and decorating their homes. Although there wasn’t the traditional parade with decked out unicorn floats, the mayor of Reykjavik in drag, or queens dancing their wigs off, Hinsegin dagar still made a big impact. Margrét Ágústa Þorvaldsdóttir mentioned representation were more important than a party: “We consider it important to be visible. We want to celebrate Reykjavik Pride of course. Continuing the fight, we’ll meet in smaller groups to celebrate.”

Queerness All Around Iceland

Luckily before restrictions for the fourth wave officially hit, the town of Borgarnes was able to have a pride festival of its own, called HinseginVesturland (Queer West). The festival was the first of its kind for the region with an overwhelmingly positive reception. Organizer of the festival and founder of Hinsegin Vesturland Guðrún Steinunn said: “I was just almost going to cry on the float the whole time. I just… people, there are so many people. I can not believe how many people have come and what a success it has been. This is a frenzy!”

Hinsegin Austurlands (Queer East) also shared a heartwarming video from Kletta Films of pride celebrations from towns around the east fjords with a cameo of Icelandic Prime Minister Katrin Jackobsdottir amongst other queer allies and community memebers.

At yesterdays night’s opening ceremony for the festival, Bjarni Snæbjörnsson performed a few sneak-peak numbers from his new Icelandic musical Góðan Daginn Faggi which will premiere at the National Theater soon. Trans city council member Alexandra Briem also made a speech at Gamla Bío noting that despite the quick progress Iceland has made, we must continue fighting for queer rights globally and defend our position. “We’ve made progress quickly, but it can go back just as quickly,” she said.

This updated version of the flag is an update to Daniel Quasar’s “Progress Pride Flag”

Speaking of progress, this year’s pride flag painted between Laugavegur and Hverfisgata was updated from simple rainbow stripes to include black, brown, and trans flag stripes with a triangular intersex flag. This updated version of the flag is an update to Daniel Quasar’s “Progress Pride Flag” that came into prominence in 2018 to better represent the cultural minorities within the LGBTQ+ community that need the most activism. After all, black and brown trans people were at the forefront of starting pride, back when pride was a true riot and political firestorm. The changes to the temporary flag in Reykjavik are a subtle symbolic gesture that shows how adaptive Iceland can be when it comes to queer activism. The permanent rainbow flag down Skólavörðustígur, Reykjavik’s best known street beneath Hallgrimskirkja, remains unchanged.

This Year’s Schedule

Despite the largest event being cancelled, the agenda this year is packed with all kinds of events. For the politically minded there’s a teleconference about the evolving anti-LGBTQ+ movement in Europe with Aron-Winston Le Fevre, Copenhagen Pride 2021’s human rights representative. With leaders from Hungary to Poland all attacking LGBT+ protections and physical attacks on many members of the community in the UK and Spain, Le Fevre will chat with Samtökin ‘78 chairman Þorbjörg Þorvaldsdóttir about how the global community can respond.

Maybe you’re not even sure what gender really is now a days or you’re confused about queer terminology. For that, there’s an educational event called Gay 101 with Tótla I. Sæmundsdóttir, the educational director of the Samtökin ’78. The training will cover four topics – sexual orientation, gender identity, gender characteristics and gender expression – as well as giving plenty of time for discussions and questions. No question is a stupid question in this chat.

There’s also A Conversation of Generations, an event focused on the theme of the parade this year, Queer at all ages. Telling personal stories of growing up, coming out, and overcoming adversity three gay men will chat about what it was like to be queer in Iceland at the age of 20. Then there’s also a walking tour of Reykajvik’s queer nightlife history with drinks included. Fancy a boozy queer history tour downtown anyone?

Queer at all ages, this year’s theme, gets to the heart of the community’s next project. Namely, making it safer and easier for young queer kids (especially trans kids) and seeing that even the most senior members of the queer community are protected in nursing homes and healthcare facilities. Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon, chair of this year’s festival, captured the moment and expressed his sentiment well in his letter to the community:

Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon, chair of this year’s Reykjavík Pride.

“It has been a pleasure watching our community come to life again, after a long time of gathering restrictions, uncertainty and risk of infection. In the last few days there has been an increase in covid cases in Iceland which shows us that we are not in the clear just yet. Surely many of us have felt isolated and missed the company of others and mundane things like talking to people you run into or listening to clatter and chatter inside a full cafe. For many of us, the situation brought back unpleasant memories when a different kind of virus shook our community. Fortunately, the casualties are not as high now as they were back then. These strange times have also reminded us of the importance of our community, of spending time together, being around like minded people, and the sense of belonging to a larger group.

“We are set on making Reykjavik Pride the most amazing festival we can within the set restrictions. There are still plenty of things we can do!”

This year’s theme of Reykjavik Pride is Queer at all ages. The age diversity among those living their lives out and proud has never been greater. With visibility and education about LGBTQ+ issues in the community, we have made it easier for children and young people to come out earlier. They have the freedom to explore their identity and deal with their feelings in an open conversation with their friends and family, and that is invaluable. But we also have to make sure that those getting older can spend their senior years in pride and joy, that they can participate in queer social life and that they are not forced back into the closet due to a lack of understanding or poor conditions in our nursing homes and health instutions. It’s our responsibility to make sure we can all live out our lives being our true selves, from youth to old age.

On behalf of the board of Reykjavik Pride, I want to welcome you all to the celebration! As usual, the programme includes a variety of cultural, educational, and fun events and entertainment and we sincerely hope that the Pride Parade will make its way through the streets of downtown Reykjaivk. In the light of recent events we urge you to check out the programme on our website hinsegindagar.is/en/programme for easy access to information about all events.”

GayIceland chatted with Ásgeir to find out more about changing schedules last minute and what events still have the green light:

How are you and your team doing now that the new covid restrictions have been announced?
“We allowed ourselves to be sad for a brief moment but now we are set on making Reykjavik Pride the most amazing festival we can within the set restrictions. There are still plenty of things we can do! Sadly the pride march is cancelled for the second year in a row. So is the outdoor concert in Hljómskálagarður park. But there are many events going on as scheduled and to reach more people we are planning on live streaming all educational events and some social events. Theater and drag performances will go on as planned but with mask mandate and a limited number of guests. We are working with RÚV on an entertainment program that will be broadcast on Saturday evening.”

How’d you come to be on the board for Hinsegin dagar, and what do you like most about the job?
“I joined the board three years ago, wanting to do volunteer work within the queer community and I thought my strengths would best come to use at Hinsegin dagar. My background is in dance so I’ve been in my element working on the production and event side of Hinsegin dagar. This year however I’m settling into a new role that involves more nail chewing, interviews and public speaking (laughs).”

How big is Hinsegin dagar normally, and how is it funded?
“Hinsegin dagar is currently one of Reykjavik city’s largest festivals, if not the largest and the city is our primary sponsor. The festival has grown quite a bit in 20 years and is able to offer a variety of educational, cultural and social events for free or at a reduced ticket rate. We also rely on the support of our sponsors and partners. Most of our funding comes from the city, Icelandic government and recently we signed a three year partnership with the European Union, who will be supporting accessibility measures at the festival.”

“On the legal front there are plenty of improvements to be made, for example recognition of co-parent and trans parenthood and laws on hate crimes.”

Where does the sponsorship money go if there’s no parade?
“There is actually only one sponsorship agreement linked to the parade itself. Landsbankinn has been the beneficiary of the parade for quite a while now. Their contribution goes to the participants of the parade via Gleðigöngupotturinn (Pride Parade Fund). Any funding not used remains in the fund for next year’s parade.”

So we’ll just have a bigger and twice as fabulous party next year?
“Exactly!”

Do you believe Gleðigangan is more of a parade celebrating lgbtq+ people or a march that’s meant to provoke political action?
“Gleðigangan is in its nature a mix of both. It’s important to come together to celebrate the achievements that have been made and to inspire others to live their life as their true selves. At the same time we use the platform to address things that need to be addressed. Hinsegin dagar is so much more than the parade. We have a weeklong program, packed with around 30 events. We have lectures and music, art shows and activism. One of our main goals is the all-important visibility and we’ll do our best to insure it this year as well.”

Some Icelandic companies have been called out in the past for pink-washing, using the rainbow during pride to market and sell more of their products without actually supporting the community or making a difference. What can these companies do better?
“I think many of the companies here in Iceland are quite aware of what it takes to be an ally. Those who Hinsegin dagar have engaged in a partnership with have earnestly wanted to know how they can do better and acted accordingly.

I think it’s important to support both social and cultural events as well as donating to the many LGBTQIA+ associations. Companies should be allowed to show social responsibility. In regard to pink-washing, I think it’s better to take the conversation with the company and explain what it takes to be a true ally. We have done this so many times, not only with companies that we are working with directly but also various companies that have chosen to sell all sorts of rainbow/ LGBTQIA+ stuff during our week for example. We have explained to them that true allies are not those who shout from the rooftops but those who also let our community benefit from their “pink business.”

What progress do you think still needs to be made in Iceland in terms of queer rights and culture?
“On the legal front there are plenty of improvements to be made, for example recognition of co-parent and trans parenthood and laws on hate crimes. We also need to raise more awareness on non-binary identities and gender neutral language both in our queer community as well as in the wider society.”

The Reykjavík Pride Magazine is out. Magazine Cover Design: Catherine Soffía Guðnadóttir.

You can’t be running this whole shin-dig on your own! Who else is part of the Hinsegin dagar board this year?
“I am very lucky to be working with an amazing team. My fellow board members are Ragnar Veigar Guðmundsson (treasurer and an all-round treasure), Ragnhildur Sverrisdóttir (secretary who has the sharpest wit and tongue), Elísabet Thoroddsen (editor of the Pride Magazine which will be launched today), Herdís Eiríksdóttir (who has taken on the educational programme with Ragnhildur), and Leifur Örn Gunnarsson (who has been the Pride Store manager for many years).

Other vital members of the Reykjavik Pride team are Sigurður Starr Guðjónsson (manager of the festival), Ívar Eyþórsson (social media and marketing wizard), Snædís Snorradóttir (event manager), and Haukur Heiðar Steingrímsson (whom many might have met already at the Pride Store in Aðalstræti 2).

How can people celebrate pride this year “at home”?
“Home is where the heart is and the same thing goes for pride! We should all sit down, take a deep breath and take the time to reflect on how far we have come and pledge not to lose what we have achieved. Besides that, we can certainly attend an event or two, but if we prefer to stay at home we can invite our close friends, watch a live stream from the festival, blast Gaga’s Born This Way and boots the house down, mama yaaass gawd! At least that’s what I would do.”

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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