Iceland has been ranked one of the safest, cleanest and greenest countries in the world and you can definitely feel that vibe in Reykjavik. Iceland has been super progressive in terms of LGBTQ+ rights, and even though the gay scene here is quite limited, you'll find everyone super friendly and welcoming.
The "Rainbow Road" is quite easy to find as it's located right at the main shopping street in the city centre. There's definitely so much more to Reykjavik than it's scene though, and you'll have the opportunity here to tick off so many "must do" things in life.
Head over to the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing dip, bathing in the geothermal seawater with it's naturally rejuvenating and healing qualities. If the Northern Lights aren't on your bucket list then go, cross out everything you had on your bucket list AND ADD IT ON! You'll need an experienced guide, but there'll be nothing quite like it ever again...
Let's have a kikI and dance the night away at Kiki Queer Bar! How can you tell it's Reykjaviks main LGBTQ+ club? Maybe by the fact that the building is basically a giant multicoloured rainbow flag! Loud and proud honeys!
Just next door is Bravo, a lot more cosy and intimate with a laid back vibe, it's a perfect meeting point for the nights' antics. While not necessarily a gay bar, but still super gay friendly is Gaukurinn. It hosts tonnes of different events from karaoke and live music, comedy nights (some in English too!). They also have a lot of queer performers and frequent drag nights.
Iceland may be a cold, but the attitude towards LGBT liberation certainly isn’t. In fact, a poll conducted in 2004 revealed that 87% of the country’s population supported same-sex marriage.
In 2016, Iceland elected Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir as the first openly gay head of government in the world. The former Prime Minister gave a moving speech at Toronto’s WorldPride 2014, in which she said:
“Our story is a tale of triumph, because in the end love conquered all… But our joy is mixed with sadness. It is difficult to enjoy a life of freedom, tolerance and full human rights, while hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of our brothers and sisters in other countries have to fear for their lives every single day.”
We couldn’t agree with Jóhanna more and can't wait for other world leaders to follow suit. 🤞