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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Whales of Iceland

Research and Education

Whales of Iceland, Marine Research Institute of Iceland and Elding, a family-run whale watching company, have worked together to on one of the most powerful whale research and education programs in Iceland. The research work is f.ex. carried out with satellite tracking on whales around Iceland, and guest can monitored they’re swimming behavior at interactive station at Whales of Iceland, designed by Gagarín, a company that
develops highly interactive media solutions that allow people to uniquely experience and understand research informations. Elding has for decades kept
track recordings of whales around Iceland with photographs and whale identity
registration. Together, Whales of Iceland and Elding offer education to students all over the world and receive tens of thousands of students annually.

Whales of Iceland audio guided app

You can prepare your visit to Whales of Iceland
by downloading the Whales of Iceland audio guided app to your phone or tablet. The app is a multilingual guidance throughout the exhibition, it also contains
alot of information about the whales in the North Atlantic, their biology, social behavior and fun facts. The app is free and accessible on both Appstore and Googleplay. You can also download the app on site.      We offer freewifii and headphones.

Whale Café & The Whale Souvenir Shop

Inside the exhibition there is a beautiful and relaxing beach where we serve coffee and freshly baked pastries. The café can seat more than 70 people and there is also a sofa area. There you can enjoy the restfullness with a tasty pastry and watch a beautiful whale video or read Moby Dick… The perfect haven when Icelandic weather shows its right face and the right place for good editation before continuing the journey

We are very proud of our souvenir shop. The shop is growing, but it always will be our little whale-souvenir shop. What’s unique about it is that we sell quite a wide range of local handmade products. We are working with individuals who send us products from home, all around our little / big island. Knitting grandmothers, families who work artwork from nature and small businesses selling Icelandic design. Of course, we also offer traditional products that all, regardless of nationality, need to by when traveling, like a magneton the fridge!

Location

Whales of Iceland is located at Grandi erea, Fiskislóð 23. Which is close to the old harbor and about 15 minutes’ walk from the city center. The Grandi area was previously a place for the fishing industri, where fisherman fixed theyr fishing nets and fishing vessels brought their catches. Today, Grandi is becoming one of Reykjavik’s most sought after areas, where you can find many of Iceland’s best restaurants, small shops selling Icelandic design mixed with supermarkets. Grandi is also home to museums that are suitable for everyone. Whales of Iceland is also a short walk to the whale watching area, which makes it easy to book a whale watching tour after a visit to Whales of Iceland. City
bus nr. 14 stops outside the exhibit as well as the Reykjavik sight seeing bus. Free parking

 

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Aurora Reykjavik

Welcome to our Northern Lights exhibition

The Northern Lights exhibition in Reykjavik is your first stop when you want to experience the Aurora Borealis in Iceland.

The center is divided into sections which include:

  • History of the Northern Lights
  • Interactive Displays
  • Legends and Stories from around the World
  • Introduction to Northern Lights Photography

 

 

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I Heart Reykjavik

It all started with a blog

In 2011 I was working for a travel company here in Reykjavík as a e-marketing manager, although my official title said something completely different (which is irrelevant at this point because basically that was what I was doing), when I came up with an idea for a blog.

I had been an active Couchsurfing host and I had be involved with the Erasmus Student Network at the University of Iceland, not to mention the time I spent abroad and was often the only Icelander around, so a lot of the things I was doing on and off the job was answering people’s questions about Iceland. One day I thought to myself “why isn’t there a place somewhere on the internet where people can get the answers they need?” as I answered the millionth question about the Golden Circle.

Why indeed.

So that’s what I did. I made a place on the internet where people could get the answers to their questions about Iceland. I also promised to offer honest information, seen from the eyes of the local, and I used my knowledge of how search engines and social media work to make sure that people could find the answers.

I didn’t have a big plan back then or an agenda. I did want to show my boss, to whom I had unsuccessfully pitched this idea about a blog, that he was wrong but that was about it. Maybe, if the blog would be successful, I would be able to use it to show off my skills when applying for a job once I had finished the degree that I was working on at the time. First and foremost I just wanted to help people. That’s kind of my thing. I’m a compulsive helper.

To make a long story short it never came to using the blog to find a job. I also haven’t finished my degree but that’s a whole different story.

Fast forward a few years: A blog becomes an empire

OK, an empire is maybe taking it a little bit too far but at some point, when I had been writing the blog for a few years, it all became a bit too much to handle. I was studying full time, I also had a almost a full job as a freelance consultant and then I when I had some free time I spent it on the blog. As you can imagine I didn’t get a lot of sleep back then. Or much of anything actually.

I was left with a difficult decision: I would either have to kill the blog or I would have to find a way to make the blog my job. Killing my baby didn’t sound appealing so turning the blog into a mini empire became the next logical step. So I left school, broke up with most of my consulting clients and dove into starting my own business.

To be honest, now that I look back, even though I had finished more than half a business degree when I started my business I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. If I had known, I probably wouldn’t have embarked on this journey. Not because I haven’t enjoyed it, I’ve LOVED every minute of it, but because it’s a lot of hard work.

Sleep is still a luxury.

I Heart Reykjavík today

I started off small and only offered one product to begin with: The I Heart Reykjavík Walking Tour. Then I started offering a few tours through my partners and finally I made a deal with a car rental agency to offer affordable car rental through the blog. Before I knew it thousands of people had taken my tour and all of a sudden I was an employer.

All of this in the span of 12 months or so.

Today I Heart Reykjavík strives to make sure that your visit to Reykjavík will be the best it can be. We do that by offering unique and interesting experiences and by partnering up with companies we know will take good care of you.

We care about social responsibility, honesty and integrity and we try to reflect that in everything we do. We also love what we do and count our blessings every day. We heart this city and we want you to heart it too.

 

 

 

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Yes Travel

Why should I choose Yes Travel?

Being a part of an old bus company in creating and operating sightseeing day tours and excursions for over 20 years means you have the best of the best at your service.

What is included in your tours?

As a rule of thumb our tours include complimentary pick up and drop off for all major hotels and guest houses in Reykjavik, round trip transportation and professional tour guides.

Plan Iceland

Iceland is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is famous for its magnificent nature, geothermal energy and the idiosyncratic nature of its inhabitants.

Its landscape is marked by glaciers, volcanoes, hot springs, and absolutely no trees. It has become a popular destination for adventurers and seekers of the unusual, offering white water rafting, glacial snowmobiling and hot-spring bathing, as well as phenomena such as the midnight sun and The Northern Lights.

Icelanders have never been known to go the beaten path. Descendants of the ancient vikings (but these days relatively civilized), the nation of Iceland has elected the first woman president, the first openly lesbian prime minister, and was the first country in the world to acknowledge the sovereign state of Estonia. Jón Gnarr, the mayor of Reykjavík, the capital city, was a comedian who ran for office as a joke.

Despite its meager population, it has birthed such famous musicians as Björk, SigurRós, and Of Monsters And Men. Other accomplished Icelanders include 3 different winners of the Miss World competition and two strongmen who each won the World’s Strongest Man competition four times over.

Icelandic, the language of Iceland, is considered the closes living relative of ancient Norse, and is as such related to most of the Scandinavian languages. Here are some fun words to try to learn in Icelandic:

Eyjafjallajökull (AY-yah-fyad-layer-kuh-tel) – The name of the volcano that erupted in 2010. A great word to say to impress your friends, and better yet, almost nobody will be able to correct you if you’re saying it wrong.
“Einn bjór takk” (aydn byor tack) – “One beer please”. The double “n” is pronounced as a sneeze.
“Jæja” (yaya) – an all-round conversation filler. Use it to fill an uncomfortable silence, to signal that you have to go, or just to entertain yourself when you’re bored.
“Gerðu það” (gerthu thath) – the closest icelandic equivalent of “please”. Literally means “do it”
“Ógeðslega gott!” (Oh!-gethslega got) – normal way to say “very good”. Literally means “disgustingly good!”

 

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Perlan Museum Reykjavík

Perlan Museum opened Iceland´s first Glacier- exhibition on 2 July 2017. It is the first step towards creating a unique museum of natural wonders that all Icelanders can be proud of. In the coming year, Perlan Museum plans to open upcoming exhibitions that are currently under construction. The first floor will be finished as a whole in May 2018. Perlan Museum plans to open Iceland’s first planetarium. This new, cutting-edge planetarium will offer an immersive experience in a 360°dome with the best quality images available in the world today, including innovative audio.

Meanwhile, guests are welcome to enjoy the observation deck with its panoramic view on Reykjavík, and the restaurant and the café will serve delicious food and beverages.

More than a century of collective experience

At the beginning of 2016, the City of Reykjavík was looking for interested parties to create and run an ambitious exhibition that features our Icelandic natural wonders. Perlan Museum teamed up with an interdisciplinary group of artists, geologists, marketing- and travel specialists to write a proposal for the biggest and most ambitious nature exhibition ever built in Iceland. The proposal was accepted, and so began further development and building on the exhibitions. The group partnered up with several international companies that are specialized in the design of museums and exhibitions, with more than a century of collective experience in the field.

Close collaboration with scientists and artists

The exhibitions are based on the most recent knowledge and findings in geology and other natural sciences. Perlan Museum collaborates with leading scientists of each field. The goal of Perlan Museum is to present a world-class natural-science center, which communicates the latest research and findings of professional scientists as well as the work from PhD students at the University of Iceland.

Office:
Perlan, The Pearl
Öskjuhlíð
Reykjavík

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Lava Center Iceland

Lava is dedicated to Iceland‘s riveting volcanic activity and its frequent earthquakes.
The centre will feature an interactive educational exhibition revealing the science and aesthetics of Iceland‘s spectacular geological features. In the learning center our experts will excite and educate its guests with earth-shattering tales of „Iceland on the Move.“

The interactive exhibition will display a collection of artifacts, films and graphics from various volcanic eruptions that have occurred in the past century.

Lava will be the hub for day trips and tours in South Iceland and a Tourist Information Center for the region. Lava will include a souvenir shop, restaurant and a cozy coffeehouse. Lava will also be the main gate to Iceland‘s new Katla Geopark.

Office:
Austurvegur 14
Hvolsvelli

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Visit Reykjavík

Visit Reykjavík is the marketing office for the greater Reykjavík area, working closely with all the surrounding municipalities in promoting the area as a destination.

Visit Reykjavík runs the Official Tourist Information Centre in downtown Reykjavík. Visit Reykjavík promotes the city area through channels such as visitreyjavik.is, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Additionally, Visit Reykjavík offers the Reykjavík City Card for visitors. Furthermore, Visit Reykjavík operates and runs 5 of the largest festivals in Reykjavík, such as Winter Lights Festival, Children’s Cultural Festival, Culture Night, Illumination of the Peace Tower and December in Reykjavík.

Visit Reykjavík’s focus in development is to strengthen the brand Reykjavík Loves, in collaboration with the Reykjavík area municipalities; as well as using the Reykjavík City Card as a tool of destination management. Furthermore, the development focus is to re-enforce the Official Tourist Information Centre with emphasis on the brand, Reykjavík loves. Visit Reykjavík is also focusing on strengthening the cooperation with the foreign embassies in Iceland and the European City Marketing collaboration.

 

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