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Iceland is hosting a winter pride event this week

Start scoping out last minute flight deals – the Rainbow Reykjavik Winter Pride event is on this weekend in Iceland.

Enjoy Rainbow Reykjavik Winter Pride this weekend in Iceland. Image by Anna Gorin/Getty Images

It’s the seventh annual international winter pride festival, running from 8 to 11 February. The event – which will include visits to Icelandic hot spots like the Blue Lagoon, music, comedy and a masquerade – is run by Pink Iceland, a LGBT travel company that specialises in tours, events, festivals and more.

Travellers visiting the Blue Lagoon with Pink Iceland. Image by Pink Iceland

In the past, travellers have come from countries around the world, like the US, Canada, France, Denmark, to take part in the event. It’s unsurprising, as Iceland remains one of the most popular tourist destinations around the world, to the point that US tourist visits alone massively outnumbered locals last year.

This year’s winter pride will include social events, tours that will take travellers out to explore some of Iceland’s world-famous natural wonders, and the main event, the Pink Masquerade Ball on 10 February. According to the official website, guests will get to see geysers, waterfalls and the famous Blue Lagoon, and party “until the wee hours of the morning with LGBT people from all over the world, in the charming and very cosmopolitan city of Reykjavik”.

The masquerade party at Rainbow Reykjavik. Image by Pink Iceland

If it’s far too last minute for you to get there in time for Winter Pride, Pink Iceland does run events and tours throughout the year. If you would just rather enjoy Iceland with warmer weather and long summer days, Reykjavik Pride will be held from 7 to 12 August, 2018. Get more tips for gay and lesbian travellers in Iceland here.