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Festival of the sea

Festival of the Sea


Festival of the Sea is an extension of Fishermen’s Day which is held on the first Sunday in June.

The festival celebrations take place on both Saturday and Sunday, with the events on Saturday being referred to as Harbour Day. The festival reflects traditional Icelandic culture and the nation’s long-standing dependency on fishing. The festival celebrates all aspects of the sea, such as seamanship, vessels, fish, mermaids, sea shanties, and so on.  Fishermen’s Day has been celebrated since 1938 and was originally established to promote solidarity among fishermen; it became a legal holiday for Icelandic fishermen in 1987. Festival of the Sea is celebrated all across the country, with sea-related entertainment for the whole family by the harbour. Guests can enjoy sailing, sea swimming, various entertainments and a large variety of sea creatures on display in tubs.

Festival organizers work in a good cooperation with all the companies around the Harbour and this weekend they invite the guests to visit their companies and have various offers and discounts

The rescue Squad, Arsaell, is also one of the main partners this weekend. They arrange various events, especially for children.

One of the main goals is that families can come to the Old Harbour, and have a fun day with all kinds of events with reference to the sea and its surroundings, without cost. Everything that the festival offers is free of charge. Sailing´s, entertainment, food taste, playgrounds, competition´s etc.

Reykjavík Maritime Museum offers free admission to the museum and Óðinn Coast Guard Vessel during the Festival of the Sea


For more information visit www.hatidhafsins.is 

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