Pink Iclenad

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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Safari

WHERE THE CITY ENDS, ADVENTURE BEGINS!

Safari Quads was established in 2003 making us the oldest ATV Quad tour company in Iceland.

Our operation had quite a humble beginning; we set our first roots on a farm in the countryside of West Iceland. Our tours were rugged back then – we like to think of them as ‘vintage’, but this was the birthplace of our passion and that is one thing that has not changed. We aim to provide our guests with an authentic experience with intimate exposure to the fascinating spectacle that is Iceland´s natural landscape.

We left the farmland behind in 2008 and returned to civilization in Reykjavík to set up our latest and greatest basecamp. We are now located under 15 minutes away from the heart of the city making our tours easily accessible to adventurous travellers. Reykjavík´s backyard has proven to be an alluring natural playground for our ATVs and buggies with pristine mountains and stunning lakes.

Safety & Comfort

In the very likely event that you´ve never rode an ATV or buggy before, we always have you covered. Our guides are highly professional, somewhat good-looking, well trained and occasionally funny. Our ATVs and buggies on the other hand are certainly good-looking, relatively new, well maintained, double seaters, fully automatic making them easy to handle. All of our guests receive extensive operational and safety instruction before each tour. Safety and quality are our top priorities!

Disclaimer

Lastly, we´d like to point out that our tours are ‘adventure’ tours and want to make sure that each guest understands the risk of a motorized activity. Everyone is required to sign a release form before departure stating that the driver or passenger is responsible for damages or personal injury he or she may cause during the tour and cannot hold Safari Quads responsible. We will provide you with the tools to have an amazing and safe experience with us. It is up to you to act in a responsible manner. ?

Our partners include Elding Whale Watching, Arctic Shots, Adrenaline Hunters and many more.

 

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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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Iceland Guest

1. Holidays made affordable & convenient.

If you think Iceland is out of reach, think again. At Icelandguest.com, our holiday packages are designed to ensure both affordability and convenience. From the best-value hotels to the most popular driving routes, all of our holiday packages and are tried-and-true, tested and approved by travelers just like you.

2. Be treated like a human, by humans.

All of our staff members are in their jobs because they love to travel, they have years of experience and—most of all—they enjoy helping others experience the best of Iceland. So don‘t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at all about our services—one of our friendly and knowledgeable travel consultants will give you the personal service you deserve.

3. We’ve been there, done that.

As local travel experts, you know that you’re getting an authentic experience when you book with us. Since we‘re actually located in Iceland and staffed by locals, you can rest assured that we‘ve traveled the same routes as the itineraries you see on our website. We also make it a point to routinely visit with our suppliers to ensure that our customers get the best quality and service.

4. Give yourself a break.

Organizing a holiday on your own can be stressful and frustrating, which isn’t really the point of a holiday after all. Let us do the work for you! By booking with us, you save time and money by booking all transportation, accommodation and other services directly with a local agency that can negotiate good rates with suppliers.

5. You’re in good hands.

When you’re far from home, isn‘t is good to know that someone‘s got your back? If unforeseen events threaten your travel plans, you can count on us to be there for you. We provide emergency travel assistance—24 hours a day, 7 days a week—during your stay in Iceland.

6. We’re legit.

That little “Travel Agency” icon you see down in the corner is a big deal. It means you can expect dependable, professional travel services in this country when you book with us. Icelandguest.com is owned and operated by Nordic Visitor Ehf., a leading Icelandic travel agency that is fully licensed by the Iceland Tourist Board. See more about who we are, how we operate and what our customers have said about us.

 

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Nature Explorer

Nature Explorer was founded by experienced Icelandic wilderness experts who after years
of using all their free time to go out and play in the wilderness, finally took the step and quit
their day jobs to follow their dream. Together the guides of Nature Explorer have decades
of experience in almost every field. Our team consists of mountain search and rescue
volunteers, experienced hiking guides, bird enthusiasts, photographers, ice climbers,
super-jeep experts and responsible adventurers. Before joining our team, our guides have been guiding for trekking associations, driver guiding for other tour operators, leading private expeditions and even making adventure-documentary films. We only invite real experts with passion for nature adventures to join our team. That way, we can insure that you and other fun-loving nature enthusiasts will be satisfied with our services.
Read hera about our team of driver-guides and travel planners about our fleet of super-jeeps and super-trucks.

 

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Around Iceland

What do you need to know about Around Iceland? Around Iceland is our Travel Office and is located right downtown in the main shopping street at Laugavegur 18b, where we welcome you and provide you with all the information and services you need.

Around Iceland are open 7 days a week, weekdays from 08:00 to 20:00, weekends from 10:00 to 20:00 and we will be delighted to help you plan your dream trip in a friendly and very inviting atmosphere. We share our local at Laugavegur 18b with Kraum, an Icelandic design boutique which offers a great variety of cool designs.

Iceland is a rugged land. We at Around Iceland know that for sure. For centuries Icelanders walked or rode through rocky landscape, across glacial rivers, glaciers to meet family and friends. In such an environment hospitality was not only a noble gesture it was a necessity, an important part of safe traveling.

At AROUND ICELAND we offer our guests a safe and happy traveling experience. We love our island and we want to share our knowledge, experience and inspiration with our guests.

The DNA of AROUND ICELAND is hospitality. Tourists have walked in from the street and the staff of AROUND ICELAND has created a unique experience for them.

We focus on safety and to care about our guests. We use our experience to create unique tours to make our guests’ travels in Iceland memorable.

 

Hospitality is in our DNA

 

 

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Arctic Running

Arctic Running offers trail running tours for people that like to exercise and enjoy nature at the same time. While you are on the go you get to explore the environment and our tours make sure that you enjoy the best of each season. We offer both day tours and longer overnight tours in Iceland. We also offer full service for participation in trail races in Iceland.

Arctic Running specializes in combining running and traveling for people who have done some running and want to experience what Iceland has to offer. Our guides are some of the most experienced runners in Iceland and frequently take part in trail running events and longer running tours. With our wide selection of running tours, from demanding or strenuous runs with 20 – 35 km / 13 – 21 mi per day to moderate runs with 5 – 10 km / 3 – 6 mi per day, all runners should find something that suits them for travelling around Iceland.

If you are planning a vacation in Iceland and want to experience the pure Icelandic nature and be able to exercise each day as well, then why not try one of our tours. Our guides will help you enjoy trail running in Iceland whilst exploring the environment and its beautiful nature.

We began by planning tours that we would go on ourselves where we could run as well. So we started using running as a way to travel and realized it’s probably the ideal way for all runners. So with our experience from the running, guiding, managing, tourism and travel industry we managed to design tours especially for runners. Keeping in mind that runners not only want to run but also enjoy spectacular natural surroundings and what it has to offer.

 

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Arctic Exposure

Our goal is to introduce you to the many beautiful locations we know here in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. While showing you around, we will do your best to teach you how to take better photographs, to skillfully use your camera and equipment, and give you some post-processing tips.

On top of that, we want you to learn something new about the culture and history of the country you are visiting. To have a lot of fun, appreciate great food and in the end, have a memory that you will want to share with others.

The Workshops we host are mainly based in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. We offer all-inclusive tours where you stay at 99% of the time in hotels and guesthouses with private bathrooms. We try to shake things up and check out some local delicatessen while we roam around and we always try to show you something new and off the beaten track. All our guides are local pro photographers and quirky in a good way.

Photo Tours & Photo Workshops by Arctic Exposure come highly recommended by our customers. We put our passion and years of experience hunting for those extreme places and conditions for photography on the line every time. We aim to find you the perfect moment to capture.

 

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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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Fosshotel

Fosshotels are friendly, and personal hotel accommodations spread around the country.

Our hotels have a warm atmosphere with a variety of services, suitable for individual travellers and groups. Most of our hotels are open all year round while others have limited opening periods. Fosshotel is a non-smoking hotel chain.

At all Fosshotels, you can expect a good night’s sleep and a wonderful breakfast. Then, at the various hotels, there are special features depending on the location. We believe that the small things are really paramount, so we try to provide them to make your stay more comfortable and satisfying.

 

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