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200,000 participate, The entire population of Iceland is only 500,000
Reykjavik Pride of Hinsegin dagar as it is known in Islandic, is a festival where the whole nation comes together in celebrating the fact that in Iceland you can enjoy the freedom of being and living as you are. Six day festival filled with exciting events, lectures, queer cruise, gay walks, a family festival, concerts, gallery openings, parties, big queer dance on Saturday after the parade and of course the Pride parade.
The Opening Ceremony at the famous Harpa Concert Hall is one of the biggest nights during Reykjavik Pride and consists of opening speeches, music, drag queens and more. The Reykjavik Pride Ball is one of the week’s final events and provides a great night of DJs, live performances, and dancing in a great venue outside the center of the city.
The pride parade is the main event of the festival and it’s getting bigger and more elaborate each year. The Parade takes place on the final Saturday of the event at 2pm from Vatnsmýrarvegur to Arnarhóll. When the parade starts from Vatsmýravegur the march goes on to Sóleyjargata, Fríkirkjuvegur by the pond and on to Lækjargata finally passing the stage by Arnarhóll, where the concerts and festivities take place.
Some events are free while others require payment for admission. For access to all the main events, the Pride Pass goes for 6,900 ISK (US$59) while individual events can range from 1,000 ISK (US$9) to 3,500 ISK (US$30).
Over 200,000 people participate, which is impressive when you consider that the entire population of Iceland is only 500,000.
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Reykjavik Pride 2016 Official Song
Recommended Hotels in Reykjavik
The gay scene in Reykjavik is small, but the country is one of the most progressive in terms of gay rights and the people are warm and welcoming, so you can be yourself no matter what type of bar or venue you are in. The small gay district is located at Laugavegur, the long main shopping street in the centre of Reykjavik. Kiki bar and Bravo are the most popular gay venues. The hotels we have recommended are within easy walking distance of the gay scene.