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Banned from swimming, emboldened against prejudice

With increased visibility trans community in Iceland faces backlash.

The trans community in Iceland says they are facing blatant discrimination and transphobia following a decision by the Icelandic Swimming Association (Sundsamband Íslands, SSÍ) to forbid trans women from competing in elite swimming competitions. SSÍ voted to uphold the decision made by FINA, the world governing body for swimming, that states transgender women cannot compete in elite women’s competitions if they’ve experienced any part of male puberty. The ruling, which has been widely criticized, could have been voted against by the Icelandic federation at the world championships in Budapest.
After criticisms were made and a proposal for changes was presented to SSÍ by fifteen queer and feminist organizations SSÍ decided to double down and uphold their decision. GayIcelands’s Michael Ryan listened to protestors and members of the trans community and the non-binary community who say the ban is only a part of a bigger problem.

“This is just bullshit”

“We all know this is utter bullshit,” said Viima Lampinen, chair of Trans Ísland, at the protest outside ÍSÍ (the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland) headquarters. “I shouldn’t say this as the chair of Trans Ísland but this is what it is, this is just bullshit. We are never going to back down. This decision was clearly nothing but wrong, based on hate or misinformation, and therefore we will not stop campaigning against it.”

The largest critique levied at SSÍ is that no experts or specialists were consulted before they made the decision to uphold these rules. “I think the International Swimming Federation has gone too far and I don’t think these people really understood what they were doing,” says Viima. “Those who have expertise in the matter were not consulted before this decision was made.”

Viima has been the most vocal advocate for trans rights as of late and argues quite plainly that the science these decisions are made on is questionable. In a chat with newspaper Fréttabladid Viima explained there are no definitive definitions of what exactly a man or a woman is.

“The variability is so great that science cannot give a complete answer. According to Western beliefs, there are only two categories, women and men, and in sports, this definition is very crucial. As a result, there are easily all kinds of debates about gender and gender in sports that are not based on biology, but on the idea of dividing people into two categories. However, this division is not justified when biology is examined in more detail.”

Viima Lampinen. Photo / Jenni Holma

Continuing the same line of questioning Viima asked at the protest “What is “male,” what is “puberty,” and what are they even talking about?”

“Before the age of 12? What? Why?” Sarcastically they rebutted by saying: “There must be some scientists we can check with that have figured out all of human biology!”

Great diversity in human bodies

Viima says that when SSÍ took an open stance against trans women what they really did was show that they are motivated by hate or ignorance. They do not understand sports or human bodies.

Björn Sigurðsson, the chairperson of SSÍ, stated in an interview with Fréttablaðið that “the basis for this election was the establishment of a working group that will look at all angles of the decision. The work will therefore continue with a more detailed explanation of this decision.” Björn also seemed to justify the decision by implying that they were simply following all the other Nordic countries on the vote. “We had a representative on our behalf in the parliament who voted with this proposal like other Scandinavian nations.”

Online Viima went on to post a link to research on the evolution of genitals which shows that there’s great diversity in the way our bits and bobs are put together. Viima concluded there’s too much diversity within the human race to be classifying people into two simple boxes.

“For example, I looked at the statistics for competitors at the 2016 Olympics, where the smallest woman competing was 133 cm tall, while the tallest was over two meters tall. The variability is so great. It is absurd to say that trans women are always going to have an advantage in all sports. It’s just about setting rules for women, hatred of trans women, and not wanting to see them succeed. If we also look at high-achieving athletes like Ian Thorpe, who won five gold medals in swimming at the Olympics, he has such a big leg that he is in the Guinness Book of World Records. However, there are no rules about how big of a foot swimmers can have, as high-performance sports are about finding outstanding people,” says Viima. “But when it comes to trans people, rules are set to prevent them from working.”

“I think the International Swimming Federation has gone too far and I don’t think these people really understood what they were doing.”

Viima says all of this talk about trans women in sports erases the conversation about discrimination and exclusion.

“Sport is about finding the most exceptional, remarkable human being. Anyone that watches sports has competed in sports or is an athlete knows that it’s not just the physical attributes that win the god damn game. Are you kidding me? You can have the tallest man on your basketball team, but you still won’t win a men’s Olympic gold,” says Viima. Then when trans people are included in the competition they’re considered to have a super-human advantage.

Viima continues. “Sport is so much more than physical characteristics but then all of a sudden when we get to trans and non-binary people we have a reason for discrimination. And now we’re super humans! I mean, it’s just ridiculous.”

Mars M. Proppé
Mars M. Proppé.

Did ÍSÍ learn nothing from their work with Samtökin?

Mars M. Proppé, treasurer and educator for Samtökin ‘78, attended the protest outside of ÍSÍ’s headquarters. The Icelandic Swimming Association didn’t consult with Samtökin ‘78 before their vote either, despite the fact that the ÍSÍ has worked with Samtökin in the past and has an agreement with them to work on diversity, equity, and inclusion. In comments to GayIceland Mars noted it was very surprising to them that this decision was made to vote in this way at the board of SSÍ because Samtökin and ÍSÍ have been working together for a long time and it’s been a really good collaborative working relationship they’ve been doing.

“It’s sad to know and to see that the work has not trickled through the whole organization, clearly.”

The fact that neither ÍSÍ nor SSÍ reached out to Samtökin prior to the vote seems to show that when it matters most, the relationship they have for improving queer rights in sports is irrelevant.

A scapegoat for these organizations not confronting their transphobia

Alda Örlygur Villiljós a member of trans activist organization Argafas agrees. Alda was one of the first people to organize the protest outside ÍSÍ, write the letter of demands to the board, and rally 15 different queer and feminist organizations behind the cause. In Alda’s eyes, this is all just scapegoating.

“I just really hope that they will listen because like we’ve talked about today this decision is based on false science and prejudice. It’s trying to take the focus away from the people who are really making trouble. The same type of people who are making abortion inaccessible and making all of these decisions at the higher levels of society that are actually coming down all women and all men and all queer people and people in general. It’s definitely not trans people that are the problem, we are just being scapegoated at this time when we see so many rights being chipped away across the board. We’re being made into this scapegoat when it’s really not us who are the problem. But we’re easier to target,” says Alda.

This scapegoating is just the tip of the iceberg according to trans activists like Alda, who mention that if rules are written about who’s gone through male puberty and who hasn’t, things will get very dicey.

“They want to shy the attention away from themselves so people don’t come for them and their power. It’s important just to make noise and be seen, to say that we’re not going to just accept this or hope that it goes away somehow because what’s next? Next they’re going to come for who? Women that look a little bit butch? Men who are too feminine?”

Another thing Alda points out is the pockets of hate and ignorance online. Even in Iceland, the image of the country being a queer utopia falls to pieces when it comes to Icelanders in the comment section.

“They’ll eventually come for everybody because there are deep caves of transphobia and terfism online,” says Alda. “People are just spotting and questioning if all celebrities are trans. They post pictures and question like “look at this actress! Her shoulders are too wide!” They’re just trying to spot trans people and they’re seeing them everywhere because there’s so much diversity in human beings and the way we’re built that nobody looks like a perfect cis person.”

Alda Örlygur Villiljós.

Are trans people safe in Iceland anymore?

Žarko Urošević, an activist and a member of Argafas agrees with Alda. “This is not a surprise. There are a lot of anti-trans movements going on in the world and this is just one of the things happening. We need to show up and stand together and say something and not just let things slide. So that’s why we’re organized here today,” says Žarko. “This has nothing to do with sports, this has nothing to do with science, this is just plain transphobia. That’s what it is. It’s trans-misogyny in its worst shape and form. They will try to get rid of trans women in any way they can and we are not going to let that happen. So we need to fight. We need to stand up.”

“This has nothing to do with sports, this has nothing to do with science, this is just plain transphobia. That’s what it is. It’s trans-misogyny in its worst shape and form.”

As an immigrant in Iceland Žarko also sees the fading appeal of Iceland as the “queer feminist utopia” it’s often painted to be. “To hear that this decision has come from an Icelandic organization, it’s unacceptable. I don’t know if trans people that live in Iceland feel safe anymore. I don’t know if we feel accepted and welcomed here.”

Trans people are still among the most marginalized

Logn Yndu, a member of the Red Umbrella activist organization for sex workers’ rights, agrees with Žarko.

In a speech to the crowd at the protest, Logn pointed out that “both here in Iceland and around the world trans women are killed every year by people who are killing them just for being trans. Trans women are not the problem, the problem is that they’re not accepted.”

Logn finished the short speech by calling everyone to protest again if no changes were made. “I won’t speak long but we’ll see you here for the next protest if SSÍ doesn’t make the changes themselves.” Other speakers demanded the same.

From the protest. Photo / Michael Ryan

Why not give them their own lane?

In the conversation surrounding trans athletes are plenty of suggestions that trans, non-binary, and intersex people shouldn’t be allowed in either men’s or women’s sports, they should have a competition on their own. FINA, the International Swimming Federation, has talked about this option but hasn’t elaborated on how it would be created and what criteria certain people would have to meet. In response, Viima Lampinen says FINA is an embarrassingly uneducated sports organization.

“It is unexciting to register in a category where there will never be enough participants to create a real competition, in addition to which there is no respect, tradition or history attached to the category and that will never get show time on television,” says Viima. “So I just find it outrageous and unnecessary. All women, including trans women, should be allowed to compete in the women’s category. I would go so far as to say that such a party disregards sports and that people who create such a party do not understand what achievement sports are all about.”

Photo / Michael Ryan

So what is the solution?

Alda Villiljós says the solution is simple, people in power need to educate themselves and think about these topics critically before making decisions.

“In general I think people need to be more critical in their thinking and looking at the information that we are taking in and believing. We need to not believe just anything people tell us or anything we read online. We need to just think critically and ask “where is this coming from?” “What is the agenda behind this?” “Why is this information being shown in this way?” “Who benefits from this?””

In Žarko eyes, organizations like SSÍ and ÍSÍ should consult the trans people before making decisions about them. Perhaps, a trans person should be on the board or in the room when a rule regarding trans people in sports is decided. “Maybe they’d have an easier time if they started thinking bottom up,” says Žarko. “Maybe if they listened to the people that are the most marginalized… these protests wouldn’t be happening if we were included in the first place. The policies should be made with us in mind instead of just based on arbitrary decisions.”

Negotiation or another protest?

With SSÍ’s decision to uphold their vote with FINA, there’s clear opposition to revisiting this topic. Following the protest and demands made by fifteen queer and feminist organizations, nothing has changed. So the question remains, how do trans rights move forward in Iceland from here?

Viima Lampinen, chair of Trans Ísland, says they’re at least willing to come to the table and that SSÍ’s decision can be atoned for. “We think this decision was a mistake, but we all make mistakes and they can be made up for.”

“We think this decision was a mistake, but we all make mistakes and they can be made up for.”

Mars Proppé, treasurer and educator for Samtökin ‘78, says that although SSÍ and ÍSÍ didn’t consult with Samtökin before the vote, the opportunity for reconciliation and more education is still on the table.

“It’s not a betrayal, the work we have been doing together has had an impact. It’s been really important and has affected the lives of many trans children in Iceland, especially in sports but it hasn’t gone deep enough in the organization,” says Mars. “Clearly, there’s still some work to be done in educating all factions of the sports movement to know that we’re not a threat. Just the opposite. We’re just one group of people trying to participate like all other people.”

Moving forward, Mars wants both organizations to come to the table to discuss these issues “I hope that before such decisions are made in the future that people will speak to us and learn. We have immense knowledge of these things. We’ve already had these talks with them. We’re still open to cooperation with them in the future instead of having to show up here and protest. I’ll do it again and again if I have to but in a utopian world, we wouldn’t have to protest after the fact.”

Although willing to work through the issues Viima is still holding the line for trans rights. “We are not going to give in until the union has withdrawn its vote. When that has happened, we want to work with SSÍ. We do not want to disagree or communicate through the media. Hopefully, we can just help do our best.”

Photo / Michael Ryan

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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