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Grindavík’s Harbor Sees First Trawler Return Since October

By Ragnar Tómas

Trawler returns to Grindavík
Photo: Screenshot from RÚV.

The first trawler to dock in Grindavík since October made its way to port yesterday. The captain of the vessel admitted that the return was emotional, given especially the significance of the fishing industry to the town.

An emotional coming to port

The first trawler to dock in the town of Grindavík since October 24, when the town was evacuated due to a powerful swarm of earthquakes, arrived in the harbour yesterday morning.

In an interview with RÚV, Sigurður Jónsson, captain of the freezer trawler Tómas Þorvaldsson, stated that it was important for the town’s spirit to see life in the harbour, as the fishing industry was the lifeblood of the community. He admitted that he had gotten “dust in his eyes” as he sailed towards Grindavík. The vessel was fishing for just under four weeks.

The gross weight of the catch was approximately 750 tonnes, while the processed yield amounted to about 500 tonnes. The value of the catch is estimated at ISK 300 million ($2.2 million / €2 million).

Sigurður Jónsson further reflected on the myriad thoughts crossing his mind as he sailed in yesterday morning. “I just felt a bit sentimental,” Sigurður observed. “We want to be able to come here and dock every day. It’s wonderful to arrive in such fantastic weather and to be received as warmly, as always.”

Over 200 transferred their legal domicile

As noted by RÚV, A total of 249 individuals have relocated their legal domicile from Grindavík since November 1, 2023, according to data from the National Registry. Foreign nationals and younger people have moved their legal residences to a greater extent than others. Ever since the town was evacuated, the primary school children of Grindavík have been divided among 73 schools in 27 municipalities.

The evacuation of Grindavík has also had an impact on the housing market, which showed signs of heating up in February, according to a new report from the Housing and Construction Authority (HMS). The biggest change was in the vicinity of the capital area, which HMS attributes to the residents of Grindavík entering the market to buy new homes.

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