The annual Great Fish Day festival starts today in Dalvík. The event is always the weekend after Verslunarmannahelgi and attracts thousands of visitors to the small North Iceland town. The Great Fish Day is most famous for the tradition of locals opening their homes to visitors and providing free fish soup in large quantities.
The event program, delivered free to all Dalvík homes, includes a large number of greetings and messages from Nigerian companies, as Salka Fiskmiðlun hf. in the town has extensive links to the large African country.
Salka was established in 1987 and specializes in the production of dried fish products for export to Nigeria, where it is used as flavoring in foods, especially soup.
Messages include: “Warmest greetings to the people of Dalvík on the Great Fish Day 2015,” and, “Our warmest regards to the big event in Dalvík, Great Fish Day 2015. Fish is your life and fish is our life.”
Many of the Nigerian well-wishers have attended the festival in past years. It has been running for 15 years and there are always visitors from Nigerian trading partner companies at the event, one organizer told Vísir.
The Great Fish Day is longer than one day and is about more than just fish. There is music, activities and fun for all the family.