Pink Iceland

From Iceland, with love
Pink Iceland owners (from left): Hannes, Eva María & Birna Hrönn
Pink Iceland is Iceland’s first and foremost gay owned and operated travel expert and your first stop when traveling to Iceland. Pink Iceland was founded by lesbian couple Eva María & Birna in March 2011 and in early 2012 their friend Hannes joined forces and the trio now owns and runs the company together with love. Pink Iceland works for and with the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) community and specializes in day tours (gay tours), weddings, international and domestic events and festivals as well as organizing tailor-made luxury travel. With decades of combined experience in the tourism industry we guarantee a professional service, but perhaps more importantly a personal one. We at Pink Iceland pick our partners carefully, making sure our guests experience Iceland at its best and friendliest.

​Pink Iceland offers a free booking service* and welcomes enquiries about LGBT life in Iceland.

By booking with Pink Iceland you will have a gay friendly experience through its partners which are either gay owned, gay operated or gay friendly. Pink Iceland will make sure to give you all the inside information in the Icelandic LGBT community you’ll need and some great added value. With
this Icelandic velvet mafia’s great cooperation we hope to make your stay unforgettable, and we celebrate the fact that you are supporting the Pink Pound.

*HONESTY POLICY
Pink Iceland is a privately owned company and 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 let 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 us.

Innovation Award in 2012
​Pink Iceland received the 2012 Innovation award from the Travel Industry Association. The award was presented to us by the President of Iceland.

IGLTA member
Pink Iceland is a proud member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and takes proactively part in their work.

 

 

 

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South Iceland

Visit South Iceland Ltd., also known as South Iceland Marketing Office is responsible for tourism, marketing and promoting events in South Iceland. The goal is to strengthen the image of South Iceland and promote it as the ideal tourist destination for visitors to Iceland.

We are in a pleasant co-operation with the main Tourist Information Centre for South Iceland which is located in Hveragerði and provides service for visitors to the region.

 

 

 

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Glacier Lagoon

The Glacier lagoon in Iceland is close to highway number one, about 370 km (230 miles) east from Reykjavík and it is told to be one of the greatest wonders of nature in Iceland. This lagoon is a recent one, the result of a warming climate. The surface is at sea level and sea water flows into the lagoon at high tide.

Huge blocks of ice constantly break off the glacier, Breiðamerkurjökull, and large icebergs float on the lagoon. The lagoon is not very wide but it is up to 250 meters deep which makes it the deepest lake in Iceland. Breiðamerkurjökull is an outlet of the Vatnajökull glacier.

 

 

 

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Atlantik

Incentives, events, shore excursions and conferences in Iceland

Founded over 38 years ago, Atlantik was one of the first licenced travel agencies and tour operators in Iceland.
We’re an independent, family-owned business with a dedicated team of travel professionals
that manage each and every project we operate.

We’ve earned national recognition and built invaluable international partnerships.
Atlantik was one of the first travel companies in Iceland to be certified by VAKINN, Iceland’s Official Tourism Quality Assurance Organization in 2012.

We were awarded the VAKINN certificate for adhering to strict criteria for quality of
services, safety, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility.
Atlantik ranks among the top 1% of Iceland‘s strongest companies and is a member of numerous trade associations including EUROMIC, The World’s Leading Ground Operators, Destinations Unlimited, Cruise Iceland,
The Association of Icelandic Travel Companies, and more.

 

 

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Borea

Borea is a fully licensed adventure guiding company based in Ísafjörður in the heart of the Westfjords of Iceland.

The founders of Borea have always recognized the great potential of adventure tourism surrounding their home, yet little was being done to encourage it. They wanted to let people enjoy their home environment in the same way they had done since they were young.

Borea was created in 2006 and focuses on both short day trips for everyone and exclusive expeditions to remote corners in the Arctic.

The company is operated by sailors, climbers, skiers, and sea kayakers that find their inspiration in the unique wilderness that surrounds them.

All our guides are local Icelanders and good friends that have designed each trip to operate in full harmony with nature.

Borea Adventures is run by Rúnar Karlsson and Nanný Arna Guðmundsdóttir. They are both born in Ísafjörður and living there. They have years of experience in all sorts of outdoor activities in Iceland and know the Westfjords like the back of their hand. The company only hires guides with thorough knowledge in backcountry skiing, sea kayaking, hiking and that have great respect for the natural environment.

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Rib Safari Vestmannaeyjar

We at Ribsafari are islanders and have lived and worked in Westman islands (Vestmannaeyjar) all our lives. Since birth we have been going on trips on RIB boats and visited the islands all surrounding the main island Heimaey. We are extremely proud of our beautiful islands. And of course we want you to experience them as a local.

Join us in terrifc trips sailing around the islands, we will introduce the islands to you and the life we live here. Just check out our Tripadvisor Reviews as you can see our customers have really enjoyed our trips. You can choose from various trips all dependent on your interest and time. We have scheduled trips from 15. april to 1. september but are opened really at all hours so you just need to contact us or drop by at the harbour in Vestmannaeyjar.

Let’s have a spendid time togehter.

Looking forward for seeing you.

Office:
Vestmannaeyjar Harbour

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Ice Lagoon Iceland

The Glacier lagoon in Iceland is close to highway number one, about 370 km (230 miles) east from Reykjavik and it is told to be one of the greatest wonders of nature in Iceland. This lagoon is a recent one, the result of a warming climate. The surface is at sea level and sea water flows into the lagoon at high tide.

Huge blocks of ice constantly break off the glacier, Breiðamerkurjökull, and large icebergs float on the lagoon. The lagoon is not very wide but it is up to 250 meters deep which makes it the deepest lake in Iceland. Breiðamerkurjökull is an outlet of the Vatnajökull glacier.

We offer exciting boat trips on the lagoon in one of our four amphibian boats. During the excursion you sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón. We also offer Zodiac tours where we are able to cover large areas of the lagoon and get closer to the icebergs than on the amphibian. When possible the Zodiac goes almost all the way up to the glacier (as close as safe).

Office:
Reynivöllum 3
781 Hornafjörður

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Viking Tours

The History

 

875
The islands are named after Gaelic slaves who had been captured into slavery by Norsemen. The Old Norse word Vestmenn, literally „Westmen“, was applied to the Irish, and retained in Icelandic even though Ireland is further east than Iceland. (In contrast, the Norse Gaels often called themselves Ostmen or Austmenn – „East-men“.)

Not long after Ingólfur Arnarson arrived in Iceland, his blood brother Hjörleifur was murdered by the slaves he had brought with him. Ingólfur tracked them down to the Vestmannaeyjar and killed them all in retribution, hence the name Vestmannaeyjar (the islands of the west men). This is speculated to have occurred in AD 875.

1627
On 16 July 1627, in an event known as the Turkish abductions, the islands were captured by a fleet of three ships of Barbary Pirates from Algiers, who stayed there until 19 July under the control of Ottomans. They had earlier raided the east of Iceland and Murat Reis from Salé in Morocco had commanded another raid in Grindavík in June of that year. The pirates captured 234 people from the islands and took them on a 27-day voyage to Algiers, where most of them spent the rest of their lives in bondage.[6] One of the captives, Lutheran minister Ólafur Egilsson, managed to return in 1628 and wrote a book about his experience.[7] In 1636, ransom was paid for 34 of the captives, and most of them returned to Iceland. After this, a small fort was built on Skansinn (that is, ‘the bastion’), and an armed guard was established to keep watch from the mountain Helgafell for the approach of ships.

1904
For centuries, the people of the Vestmannaeyjar had a hard struggle for existence, living from fishing and wild birds and their eggs, which they gathered in the cliffs and rock stacks offshore. At the end of the 19th century, when the population was about 600, great changes took place in the lifestyle of the islanders. In 1904, the first motorised boat was purchased, and more followed soon afterwards.

1930
By 1930, the population had risen to 3,470. The Vestmannaeyjar have always been at the forefront of developments in fishing and sea food processing, and are the most productive fishing centre in the country.

1968
Shortage of fresh water was also a problem for a long time, but a great improvement took place in 1968 when a pipeline was laid.

1973
The area is very volcanically active, like the rest of Iceland. There were two major eruptions in the 20th century: the eruption in 1963 that created the new island of Surtsey, and the Eldfell eruption of January 1973, which created a 200-metre-high mountain where a meadow had been, and caused the island’s 5,000 inhabitants to be temporarily evacuated to the mainland.

2000
In 2000, Heimaey stave church, a replica of the Haltdalen Stave Church containing a replica of the St Olav frontal, was erected at Skansinn as a gift from the Norwegian government to Iceland, commemorating the conversion of Iceland to Christianity a thousand years before.

Harpa Yachts Iceland

Relax, put your feet up and enjoy the breathtaking views of Reykjavík from the sea. Harpa yachts offers tailor-made tours, anywhere from several hours or even overnight to wherever you may want to sail, for however long you might want to sail from Reykjavík.

The yacht is a fully equipped luxury vessel with salon and fly-bridge. Licenced to accommodate 6 people in overnight dwellings and 35 people on day tours.

For a truly unique experience and an opportunity to sail in ultimate luxury and style or simply stay at the pier, Harpa yachts is at your command. Living on board is easy and Harpa Yachts strive to pick the best sailing routes at any given time. Smooth sailing is always the optimal goal.

Recreation options once on-board are versatile, such as sea-angling, sightseeing, bird watching or even whale watching.

Whether the scene is Northern Lights, the midnight sun or simply a romantic tour into the night, sailing is the way to go!

On board, the yacht can service clients with anything from banquets, to meetings, anniversaries to birthdays or any other social gathering. The food on board accordingly, can be anything from finger-food to canapes or three course meals or a full buffet.

Office:
Ægisgarður Reykjavík´s Old Harbour
101 Reykjavík

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Happy Tours Iceland

Happy Tours is a small family business that was founded in May of 2009. We have been sailing fishing boats in the rough environment of the North Atlantic Ocean since 1970. Our captain has been on duty more or less for 40 years, but now it involves taking care of guests on our boat.

The main goal of Happy Tours is to provide a fun, curious and educating experience for our guests.

We want you to discover a new exciting angle on your environment and be inspired by Icelands wild nature. Since we only take a maximum of 14 passengers in our boat and 16 passengers in our bus. We are able to attend to each and every one, both in fishing tours and watching tours. Therefore, we can offer more personal service.

Our charming old boat SAGA is a 40 feet traditional fishing boat. It was built from oak in east Iceland in 1970. The boat has now been qualified to serve passengers, and we have all the latest safety-equipment. Safety is our top priority.

The boat is located in the heart of the Old harbour, next to Víkin Maritime Museum.

If you are coming from the city center (5-10 min walk), you need to pass the first dock, the hamburger place (Hamborgarabúlla Tómasar) and Reykjavík Marina Hotel, until you see a sign marked: „Hlésgata“. There you will see our sign down by the small pier. We are located on the other side of the large shipyard, where the large ships are on land for repairing (see the map).

Hotel pick up starts 1 hour before departure and we are serving the Reykjavik Capital Area (see the hotel list).