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Tourism has become an important part of Iceland´s economy with more and more tourists visiting every year. The annual increase has been over 5% on average in the past 10 years1. In 2010 around 490.000 visitors came to Iceland and in 2011 the number grew to 565.0002.
Not sure if the world´s northernmost gay scene is to be found here but Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital. Known by many as the home of Bjork and Sigur Ros. It is a small city with only 120.000 people but about 2/3 of Icelanders live in greater Reykjavik area. It is easy to navigate the city whether by foot, bicycle, public transport or car. With a little bit of planning you should be able to explore the city of Reykjavik and see a little bit of Iceland as well in less than a week.
The bear scene is fairly new to the small and mixed Icelandic gay scene. When BEARS ON ICE, the local bear run, was first held in Reykjavik in 2005 the word "bear scene" was unknown to most locals. But six years later BEARS ON ICE has made a name for itself both locally and internationally and has become an important part of Reykjavik´s small and welcoming gay scene.
Producers of the Czech Queer tv program 'Q' visited Iceland this summer and did a short documentary about the icelandic gay scene. The crew met up with the local bear event BEARS ON ICE, paid a visit to the Queer Center, went whale watching, and interviewed it´s gay manager and guide, played football with the gay football team Styrmir and met up with gay iceon Pall Oskar among other things.
There are 158 HIV positive men and women and 23 persons diagnosed with AIDS living in Iceland right now. Thirty-seven people in Iceland have died of the virus. HIV and AIDS have inflicted one person for every 1,466 on this small island and touched exponentially more through family ties, friendships and acquaintances. Still, it’s difficult to imagine receiving such a diagnosis or learning that your loved one has. The sensationalised face of HIV and AIDS that has been imprinted on the public’s common mind—a frail and fragile homosexual male, confined to a strict regimen of medications, sentenced to death—is terrifying when imagined on a sister, brother, parent, friend, anybody.
1869: The first comprehensive penal code came into effect in Iceland, based on a Danish model. Among its provisions was the criminalisation of sexual intercourse between two individuals of the same sex, irrespective of age or consent. Clause §178, which covered sexual relations between two individuals of the same sex as well as intercourse with animals, was worded as follows: “Unnatural forms of sexual intercourse are punishable by a term in prison.”
What is the significance of Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir being the worlds first openly gay head of government? It is very significant. It is interesting to note how much attention it has received from the international media, while their Icelandic colleagues barely mention it.
Facebook is the big thing online connecting people locally and globally. It´s the place to stay in touch with friends and family and reconnect with people you´ve not seen in a while. Almost everyone I know is on Facebook and new Facebook social & interest groups are being created every day.
Inspired by Iceland
Iceland wants you to come and experience the unique charm of Icelandic hospitality, as natives open their doors to the world. Enjoy events planned specially for you by native Icelanders that will make your stay truly unique, personal and magical.