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Fishermen Honored with Festivities across Iceland

Fishermen’s Day (Sjómannadagurinn) is celebrated annually in honor of Iceland’s fishermen and the nation’s prime industry across the country on the first Sunday of June. In Reykjavík the day extends into the Festival of the Sea, this year on June 4-5.


A fisherman in old-fashioned attire. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The celebration takes place at the capital’s western harbor. Festival highlights include a fresh fish market, funny fish display, arts and crafts and a special program at the Reykjavík Maritime Museum, as stated on

People can also go puffin watching and join sea angling tours, family sailing trips, a message-in-a bottle factory, try out speed rowing, race rowing or other sailing competitions.

For the kids there will be a bouncy castle and other activities, and the family can observe aerobatic airplane stunts, an ocean rescue demonstration and Faroese dancing.

The Festival of the Sea is also a seafood festival featuring eight quality Reykjavík restaurants that offer gourmet seafood feasts at a reasonable price.

For more information visit the festival’s website.

Click here to watch an audio slideshow from a previous Fishermen’s Day celebration.

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