The Great Fish Day will be held in Dalvík (pop. 2,000), north Iceland, for the ninth time next weekend. Tens of thousands of people have attended the free food festival in past years and now local residents are preparing for another flood of visitors.
The Great Fish Day in 2007. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.
When Morgunbladid’s journalists arrived in Dalvík yesterday, people were tidying up their gardens, painting their houses and sweeping the sidewalks. A number of families had already claimed their spot on the Dalvík campsite.
The Great Fish Day began as a one-day event, but now stretches over an entire weekend. It begins with the Great Fish Soup Night tomorrow when townspeople invite visitors into their homes to have a taste of their fish soup recipes.
Berg, the new cultural center in Dalvíkurbyggd municipality, was formally opened by Mayor Svanfrídur Jónasdóttir yesterday with the presidential couple, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and Dorrit Moussaieff, in attendance.
Click here to watch an audio slideshow about the Great Fish Day in 2007.