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Sail Húsavík a Success

The Coast Cultural Festival Sail Húsavík was held for the first time in the community of Húsavík in north Iceland; it is part of a nordic initive prepared and carried out by the Nordic Council.


From Sail Húsavík 2011. Photo by Magnús Helgason.

In a statement of purpose it is stated that “the purpose of the festival is to be a forum for amateurs and specialists to meet, to learn, to exchange information and ideas to create relationship and networks.”

“The festival has been a great success” marketing director Helga Vidarsdóttir told Iceland Review on Friday afternoon. “We already have at least six to seven thousand people attending the festival and more and more people are coming.”

The program was jam-packed throughout the week with events varying from sea swimming to rope pulling, music performances and exhibitions in Gardarhólmur.


From the rope pulling competition. Photo by Magnús Helgason.

Photography exhibitions “Hunters of the North” by one of Iceland’s best known photojournalists, Ragnar Axelsson (RAX) and “The Story of Volcanic Eruptions in Iceland” by Ragnar Th. are open daily.


Photography exhibition. Photo by Magnús Helgason.

The Kayking Club offered lessons to both beginners and those more experienced, and sea swimmers raced to shore.


Sea swimers celebrate. Photo by Magnús Helgason.

Today is the last day of the festival and next year the festival will be held in Denmark.

Click here to see images of boats attending the festival and here for today’s program.

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