Queer Iceland, Land of Fire and Ice – The Hornet

Author: , October 27th, 2018

Queer Iceland - the Hornet

There are few locales in the world where a week spent on vacation includes glacier hikes and ice caves one day, hot springs and lava fields the next. But the natural beauty of Iceland — that breathtaking blend of ice and fire — is but one of the many reasons why the island nation draws visitors from around the world.

From the allure of geothermal spa days and crossing Aurora Borealis off your bucket list to celebrating Pride and Iceland’s love of live music festivals, there’s no shortage of reasons to head north come 2019. We lay out some of the most tempting reasons to visit Iceland below.

For those who have never been to Iceland or are dying to get back, IGLTA — the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, a network of tourism businesses that provides free travel resources and promotes equality worldwide — is giving away a four-night trip for two to Iceland. (More details at the end of this article!)

Here are 15 reasons to travel to Iceland, the land of fire and ice, in 2019:

1. Pink Iceland is at your disposal for planning the queer trip of your dreams.

If only every international destination had a tour operator-slash-travel agency like Pink Iceland! Dedicated solely to the queer community, Pink Iceland works with nearly every LGBTQ (and allied) hotel, restaurant and business in the country. Twice a week it organizes a city walk and happy hour through Reykjavik. (Because what goes better with a little gay history than a cocktail?) Twice every month Pink Iceland also organizes a “Gay Golden Circle Tour.” (That ends with cocktails, too.)

And if you’re thinking about getting married in Iceland — it’s the new hot spot for gay weddings, in case you didn’t know — Pink Iceland is a must. Their planners will help out with everything from finding the perfect location to securing your flowers, cake and an officiant for the big day.

By Stephan Horbelt – Full Story at The Hornet

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Gay Iceland – The Magic Island of Fire and Ice

Author: , September 14th, 2017

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A visit to gay Iceland wouldn’t be complete without immersing yourself in the milky waters of the iconic Blue Lagoon.

It’s just one of the wonderfully weird must-sees in this place that feels incredibly remote, but is just three hours flight-time from London and only five from New York.

Because the sapphire waters of the lagoon are just a short bus ride from capital Reykjavik’s main airport, they are a first or last experience in the country for most.

Tourists and locals alike come to bathe in the geo-thermally heated pool of the Blue Lagoon. Whether there’s snow on the ground or the summer sun beating down, you’ll be beautifully warm once in the lagoon and the mineral-rich waters really do condition and tone your skin.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Iceland

Author: , August 1st, 2016

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The Land of Fire and Ice according to gay pilot Oegmundur Gislason – from the minimal gay scene to the most unearthly landscapes

It’s the magical Nordic island of lunar landscapes, wild weather conditions and volcanoes, glaciers and geysers aplenty. But gay Iceland is also known for its trailblazing LGBTI rights record; it was the ninth country to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010, and ex-PM Johanna Siguroardottir was the world’s first openly gay head of state.

Icelandic carrier WOW air even revealed it was naming a vessel TF-GAY earlier this year in honour of its LGBTI passengers – and last week, it came to light that the man behind the name was openly gay pilot Oegmundur Gislason. Here, Oegmundur speaks to Gay Star Travel to give a personal insight into the unique country he calls home…

What’s it like being LGBTI in Iceland?

I can’t imagine a better place to be LGBTI. People are so openminded here. Most people don’t care what your preferences are. Here, you can just be yourself and everybody welcomes you.

Are there are downsides to being LGBTI in the country?

I don’t know if I can call it a ‘downside’, but the thing I fear is that we, LGBTI people in Iceland, don’t realise how privileged we are. We live in a very protected and accepting environment, but that’s not the case for many LGBTIs around the world. We have to remember to appreciate what we’ve got.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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West Iceland

Author: , November 21st, 2014

West Iceland tends to a be a bit overlooked by those visiting Iceland. This means that when you ‘go west’ you often feel like you have vast swathes of it to yourself. West Iceland is home to incredible nature, including two amazing waterfalls called Barnahoss and Hraunfossar, Langjökull Glacier, from where you can go snowmobiling, glacier walking or visit the Ice Cave and finally, Deildartunguhver hotspring, the highest flow hotspring in Europe. If that wasn’t enough, West Iceland is also home to a small farm dedicated to keeping the Icelandic Goat species alive through the efforts of one very strong woman. There are less than 820 Icelandic goats in existence but the numbers are growing, thanks to Jóhanna Bergmann of Háafell Goat Farm, the cast and crew of Game of Thrones who initiated a crowdfunding campaign, and the thousands who donated! Make sure you visit and say hello to Jóhanna and her goats, they’re all very friendly.

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Pink Iceland’s honesty policy

Author: , March 21st, 2014

Pink Iceland is a privately owned company, owned by half of the people in this picture:

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As such it needs to make a profit. This profit pays the salaries of its staff, the rent, the wonderful and informative Pink Iceland website not to mention copious amounts of coffee for the owners. Most of Pink Iceland’s money is made through commissions. This is how it works: If our guests lets us book their tours, activities, and accommodation we collect a small (usually 10-15%) commission of the price.  This basically means that you pay the same price, regardless of whether you book directly – or through us. You may think this might cause us to recommend really expensive accommodation and tours. Not so. We promise to do our utmost to come up with a plan that suits you, and your budget. We would never recommend anything without full confidence and/or personal experience of what’s on offer. Our primary goal is working with and for the LGBTQI community and without the community’s support or goodwill we wouldn’t have lasted six months in the business. It is not least through word of mouth that we grow stronger every day. Our hope is that after reading this you too will ask for our recommendations and advice and/or book your holiday through Pink Iceland.

Art in the streets of Reykjavík

Author: , March 18th, 2014

Don’t have the patience to go from gallery to gallery but still wish to experience some art during your stay in Reykjavík? My advice is simply to walk around and enjoy the magnificent works decorating houses around Reykjavík.

Pink Iceland offers a walking tour around the city centre of Reykjavík, the Pink City Walk  – The essential Reykjavík City Tour sprinkled with LGBT history.

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Warm, Gay Friendly Iceland

Author: , April 30th, 2012

Iceland Gay TravelWhen most Americans think of Iceland – that is, when they think of it at all – they probably conjure up visions of an ice-covered, barren, isolated, primitive place. That, and maybe Bjoerk.

Before my recent visit there, I admit that I didn’t know what to expect. What I discovered was a profoundly beautiful landscape unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.

But even beyond the incredible natural wonders, the Icelandic people were a revelation. Many countries advertise themselves as friendly, but the universal warmth and friendliness made this one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever taken.

Full Story from Edge Boston

Click here for gay travel resources in Iceland.