From Iceland — Well, You Asked: Gay Stuff, Deaf Stuff, and Cryogenic Stuff

Well, You Asked: Gay Stuff, Deaf Stuff, and Cryogenic Stuff

Published May 31, 2018

Well, You Asked: Gay Stuff, Deaf Stuff, and Cryogenic Stuff
Juliana Iluminata Wilczynski
Photo by
Art Bicnick

Stuck in a tricky situation? Don’t worry, Grapevine’s advice column is here to help you.

“Where is the best place to be flamboyantly gay in Reykjavík?”
You can, of course, be flamboyantly gay anywhere and anytime in Reykjavík. But there are two perfect spots for being flamboyantly gay in Reykjavík. The first is of course, Kíkí Bar, which is the only queer nightclub in town. Grapevine voted it as the best bar to dance at in 2016, and they’re always guaranteed to play a song that you definitely know every single lyric to. Kíkí is where Icelanders feel comfortable releasing all of their inhibitions. Another great option is just to show up to any Páll Óskar concert, but don’t forget your sequin booty shorts.

“Is there an Iceland deaf club or society?”
For all of your touristy needs, there is a tour company called Deaf Iceland Tours that provides tours in sign language! Both the tour guides and the bus drivers are fluent in sign language. The Icelandic Association of the Deaf was founded in 1960, and there is also a Deaf Club at the Association that meets regularly. The Association and Deaf Club are located in downtown Reykjavík at Þverholt 14 and they are open from 9:00 to 16:00, and host a social coffee get together on Fridays from 14:00 – 16:00.

“Does Iceland exist?”
To be honest, I’m not even sure myself. Keflavík just looks like a spaceship, and everytime I land in Iceland, I’m convinced that the Flybus is just a way for the government to place us into the Icelandic Matrix. Right now, I’m probably in Greenland, in a cryogenic chamber, but really I’m in the Matrix. If you see some kind of elf peeking out from behind a lava rock, or a troll reading a newspaper on Strætó, don’t be alarmed, it just means that all of the bitcoin mining is causing the servers to malfunction.

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