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  • The first Sunday in June every year is dedicated to the sailors and seamen of Iceland and called “Sjómannadagurinn” (The seaman’s day).

    We used to be more intwined with the sea and many more of us used to have some kind of a connection with the fabled heroes of the sea who have been idolized in icelandic music, literature and art, but that all seems to be forgotten.

    These days Icelanders are fishing on an industrial scale and only a handful of companys have control of the fishing quotas so there are fewer and fewer hands that are handling the fish.

    The same thing is happening with this national holiday.

    It used to be celebrated in every small town in the country but now it's only where the fishing quota lies and it's all very efficient and modernized - all in the name of progress they say.

    the celebrations go on but instead of focusing on the sailors and the seaman, the focus is now on fun for the whole family.

    The harbor is full of life, Icelandic Pop Stars get their fifteen minutes, ships are opened for visitors and the big fishing companys grill hotdogs for the people.

    Still we are able to find a strong connection to the ocean and the culture of the seaman and most of us know somebody who is a is connected with the sea and fishing.

    But with each passing generation we find ourselves further and further removed from our history.

    We feel stranded like an old boat in a museum about exstinct fisheries.
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