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Iceland’s Islands Launch Fishermen’s Day Festivities

By Iceland Review

In the Westman Islands, south of Iceland, locals will get a head start on the Fishermen’s Day celebrations with communal singing tonight, starting at 10 pm. The singing will continue until 2 am with storytelling in between.


The Westman Islands. Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Independence Party MP and elf enthusiast Árni Johnsen will lead the singing along with other musicians, an annual event that marks the beginning of the weekend’s festivities, Morgunblaðið reports.

Meanwhile, in Grímsey, Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island, locals invite visitors to join them in Fishermen’s Day celebrations June 1-3.

The program includes an Arctic tern egg hunt, orienteering game, sailing trips and egg collecting in bird cliffs by experienced climbers. The formal program ends with a seafood buffet at the local community hall tomorrow evening.

In connection with the event, there will be more flights than usual scheduled to the island from Akureyri—one each day at 1 pm.

In Akureyri the Fishermen’s Day will also be celebrated with an eventful program throughout the weekend, including a rowing competition in the local harbor.

In Reykjavík, the Festival of the Sea will take place this weekend. The Fishermen’s Day, which is always the first Sunday of June, will be celebrated in one way or the other in towns across the country this weekend.

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