Festival of the Sea

Sea, Festival of the (Seamen's Day, Sjomannadagur)

First weekend in June
The Festival of the Sea is based on the Icelandic tradition of Seamen's Day, an occasion to honor all who make their living from the sea. It takes place annually, primarily in the city of Reykjavík, but also in fishing towns and villages nationwide.
Traditionally, fishermen compete during the festival in swimming and rowing races and other tests of strength, including the popular tug-of-war. However, the festival has been modernized in recent years, and now includes numerous cultural activities, parades, arts-and-crafts activities for kids, food fairs (featuring sea food in particular), and sailing competitions. In addition, newer residents of Iceland are given the opportunity to share the cultures of their homelands. Tourists come from far and wide to participate in the fun and to view boats and ships as they rest in the harbors.
CONTACTS:
Tourist Board of Iceland
P.O. Box 4649
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163
213-885-9700; fax: 212-885-9710
www.goscandinavia.com
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