Húsavík Harbour today
As I walked around the Husavik harbour today I wondered if the phrase “harbour culture” actually existed. I checked Wikipedia but got no result. Yet the word “Culture” came often to my mind as I walked the area. There are art exhibits, booths selling all kinds of local products, foreign visitors of all kinds milling about. It didn’t feel like being in a remote fishing village in Iceland just 55 kilometres from the Arctic Circle.
Between 20 -30 boats and ships are now in town because of the Sail Husavik festival. Lecturers from all over the world will spread their knowledge, craftsmen are teaching various things from tow work to weaving and knitting and so many other things are happening that you might become dizzy trying to take it all in at once.
At the core of it all is the ocean. You know; that blue thing that covers more than 70% of our planet. It is obvious that we picked the wrong name. It should be named Ocean rather than Earth. Most of the people that are in Húsavík now are here because of the sea. Most tourists are going whale watching and most of the local people make their living harvesting the gifts of the sea.
I walked around the harbour yesterday and today just enjoying the scenery. The atmosphere was so relaxed and wonderful. People were really enjoying what Húsavík harbour and the festival have to offer. Next weekend is a local town festival and then the fun will start for real!
Heimir Harðarson took a few photographs that show how lively the harbour looks these days with people enjoying the coastal culture in Húsavík.
Húsavík Harbour – photo: Heimir Harðarson
Outside Gamli Baukur – photo: Heimir Harðarson
Húsavík Harbour – photo: Heimir Harðarsson