Happy and Gay in Reykjavik

By Editor | Travel Guide

Aug 23

The great thing about Iceland is that it isn’t just a place for exploring the geysirs, volcanoes, and thermal pools; it’s also home to many festivals that have deep connection with the people’s history and culture. Among the festivals of Iceland that you should be looking forward to is Reykjavik’s Gay Pride festival. 

Celebrated annually, the festival is one of the events in the country that both locals and tourists are looking forward to. For the 15th time, the LGBT community is celebrating their gay pride. It’s a 6-day celebration that attracts over 100,000 visitors each year.

Gay Pride Festival in Reykjavik

Gay Pride Festival in Reykjavik

The Gay Pride festival in Reykjavik is an important event among lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people in Iceland. It’s the time of the year where they celebrate their individuality and their group in general with pride.

The great thing about this festival is that everyone’s welcome in it. In fact, Icelanders celebrate it with pride (whether they’re gay or not). The support and the respect that locals give to the community are among the key reasons why this festival’s always a success each year.

More about Reykjavik’s Gay Pride

If you’re looking for a festival that’s more than just the music, colorful costumes, and fun, then you’ve come to the right place (and time). For this year, the organizers of the Gay Pride festival have outlined a number of activities that both locals and tourists will enjoy. These activities are spread all throughout the 6 days.

Some of the activities outlined for this year’s celebration are the following:

  • Queer Reykjavik History Walk

Starting from Ingólfstorg Square, the Queer Reykjavik History Walk is a 70 to 80-minute walk with Þorvaldur Kristinsson, Hilmar Magnusson and Baldur Þórhallsson. One of the best things about this event is that it’s FREE (yes, you read it right).

  • Gay Greenland Photo Exhibition

Featuring 60+ portraits, the Gay Greenland Photo Exhibition is the presentation of gay experiences in Greenland. Initiated by Leise Johnsen, this exhibit is held in the Nordic House. Admission to the photo exhibit is free.

not your usual photo exhibit

not your usual photo exhibit

  • Hidden People Concert

The concert features the musical composition of Hafsteinn Þórólfsson and Hannes Páll Pálsson. The composition is based on the story of a character that one can find in Thordur The Spellbreaker, an Icelandic folklore.

  • Reykjavik Pride Opening Ceremony

This is one of the most-anticipated events in the festival. It’s a venue where various artists showcase their talents. This concert is also a gathering of the extended queer family in Iceland. If you want to just feel good and be part of one extended cause, then attending this ceremony is a great choice!

Other events that’s worth anticipating include the presentation of the Pink Singers and the Reykjavik Queer Choir, the Queer Choir, Kiki Queer Dance, the Pride Parade, and Queer Youth Party.

Reykjavik Gay Pride Festival: Not Your Usual Festival

Reykjavik Gay Pride Festival: Not Your Usual Festival

When you find yourself in Iceland especially in August, don’t hesitate to join the Gay Pride festival. You will find yourself being part of a spectacular festival for a cause.

Photos Courtesy of Reykjavik Pride website.

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