Intro: I visited Iceland many years ago as a young student on my way to study Shakespeare in England. Our Icelandic Airlines prop jet had to land for a day in Reykjavik for repairs and we were taken on a local tour of this unique island nation. I recall the clearness of things: the air, the sky, the water. The landscape oozed with rising thermal steam. Our hosts were cheerful, outgoing and clear-headed.
Decades later it comes as no surprise that Iceland is now one of the most liberal countries in dispensing fairness and equality to its homosexual citizens. Not perfect, but very close. It comes from a Scandinavian egalitarian heritage, of Viking durability; from Hanseatic justice and modern Nordic progressive-mindedness. I have not returned to visit Iceland as a gay adult yet, so the following seven articles about Iceland have been taken from various Internet sites that offer a variety of insights about living gay in modern Iceland. My own story will appear after my second visit–soon.