The Faroese Sailor’s Day

For centuries fisheries has been vital to the survival of the Faroese people. Sailors have risked their lives at sea, where many of them also died.

Today, the fishing industry is still the principal industry of the Faroe Islands, and the Sailor’s Day honours its men and traditions. It is a yearly event that takes place on the third weekend of August, and everything is free of charge.

According to tradition, the day starts with morning coffee on the quay, followed by a line of peculiar contests that all relate to the fishing industry, such as repairing fishing trawls and baiting a long line.

There is also a delicious Faroese fish buffet, a fishing competition as well as a giant water battle, where children and those who are young at heart participate.

The Sailor’s Day has something to offer all age groups and is a unique opportunity to learn about the fishing industry in a fun and informal manner.

If you are in the Faroe Islands at this time of year, it is an absolute must!