Fishermen's Day (in Icelandic, Sjómannadagurinn) is celebrated on the first Sunday in June each year. It began in 1938 in Reykjavík and Ísafjörður in the Westfjords, and it honors Iceland’s strong seafaring traditions while giving sailors a well-deserve day off. All the ships are docked, so fishermen can spend the day with their families.
Family-friendly celebrations take place around the country, with typical festivities including boat rides, speeches and dances, helpings of delicious seafood, and various other nautical fun. If you're anywhere close to an Icelandic town with a fishing harbor on the weekend, look out for some form of celebration.
As part of the Festival of the Sea, Reykjavík Maritime Museum is offering free admission to the museum and Óðinn coast guard vessel over the weekend.
Did you know?
Fish are abundant in Icelandic waters. The catch of the day in most Icelandic restaurants is likely to be cod, ling or catfish. There are prolific fishing grounds around the island, so your fish should be fresh when it lands on your plate.
Icelanders export the majority of their catch. Thanks to the services of Icelandair Cargo, diners in Europe and North America can be eating sustainably and responsibly caught fish that was swimming in Icelandic waters only 48 hours earlier!