Iceland’s Festival of the Sea


Til hamingju með Sjómannadaginn (Happy Seaman's Day)!!!


The first Sunday in June of each year, people all around Iceland celebrate the people that work on the sea, the fishermen, the sailors, and also those who have lost their lives at sea.

Every ship is docked in a harbor over the weekend. All seamen have the day off to enjoy the fun activities planned all over Iceland.

Some sailors are awarded medals. There are special church services and visits to cemeteries to honor the sailors. There will be eating, drinking, plus fishing, swimming, sailing and rowing competitions. Some places have parades, fairs, and much more. The "Festival of the Sea" celebration has something for everyone.

To the men and women associated with the fishing industry in Iceland - Til hamingju með Sjómannadaginn!

Check out this vessel coming into Grindavík video:



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