The title came at the weekend via Canadian news agency the Vancouver Sun, whose writers listed Reykjavik as the 9th best destination worldwide for same-sex marriages The report was published in honour of the 2012 Vancouver pride week.
Authors cited Reykjavik’s reputation as the “nightlife capital of the north” and said that the city of only a few hundred thousand people was like “nothing you’ve ever experienced”. Highlights listed included Reykjavik’s wealth of parks, green spaces and great outdoor activities. The newspaper named the common display of the aurora borealis as a its most attractive and unique backdrop for a same-sex marriage ceremony.
Coming in first place was Washington DC, noted for its chic urban character and historically prevalent gay community, whilst second and third place went to Montreal and Amsterdam respectively. Montreal was said to be the North American counterpart to Paris, which has yet to legalize same-sex marriage. Amsterdam, however, hosted some of the very first gay marriages when the Netherlands became the first country to legalise the act in 2001.
Two other Scandinavian cities, Oslo and Stockholm, also made the list. Other top destinations listed included Madrid, Buenos Aires, New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts (USA).