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Embracing Gay History and Pride in Iceland

Mark your calendars for the vibrant Icelandic Gay Pride weekend, celebrated every second weekend of August! This joyous festival attracts over 100,000 visitors from around the globe, coming together to honor love, diversity, happiness, and equality. As the people of Iceland take these celebrations seriously, nearby hotels and B&B houses warmly welcome tourists to be a part of this empowering event.

Gay Marriage in Iceland
Men enjoying the Iceland Gay Parade

Taking Big Strides Towards Equality

Iceland has a remarkable journey of progress in the battle for LGBTQ+ rights:

1996 – Legal recognition of gay couples living together.

2000 – Legally allowing gay couples to adopt.

2008 – Welcoming gay marriages in Iceland.

2009 – Witnessing the world’s first openly gay Head of State, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir.

2010 – A gender-neutral marriage law was passed on June 27, 2010.


Gay Marriage in Iceland
Gender-neutral marriage Iceland

The First Gay Pride Parade

In 1999, Iceland held its inaugural Gay Pride Parade, with 1,500 spirited participants. Over the years, public sentiment towards the LGBTQ+ community has evolved, thanks to passionate activists raising awareness for their causes. Greater visibility has led to wider acceptance, transforming Iceland into an open and inclusive society.

Did you know? Skólavörðurstígur, a street leading from Hallgrímskirkja to Laugavegur, was even painted with the vibrant colors of the gay flag during the pride parade!

Pride Parade in Today’s Pandemic

Are you excited about joining the exuberant Gay Pride Parade and planning to visit Iceland? Discover our welcoming apartments, offering you a comfortable and convenient stay to be part of this momentous celebration. Join us for an experience of a lifetime!

For more exciting events, travel tips, and cultural insights in Iceland, explore our apartments at Blue House Bed & Breakfast and join the festivities!


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