PHOTOS: A day in a life of an Icelandic fisherman

Trawler Lundey was fishing close by.

Trawler Lundey was fishing close by. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Þröstur Njálsson

“This was just a normal day, the weather was nothing to complain about,” says Þröstur Njálsson about the conditions yesterday. “This is just the way it is on a normal day, the storm season has yet to come.”

Njálsson took these pictures of his co-workers going about their everyday job on trawler Ásbjörninn, which was located west of Iceland yesterday.

In the 50‘s and 60‘s so called sailor songs grew very popular in Iceland, romanticizing the job of the sailors who were often referred to as “the heroes of the land and soldiers of the sea”. The job was both considered rather dangerous and important for the Icelandic economy.

These pictures portraying Icelandic sailors doing their everyday job might just give a further understanding of the popularity and meaning of these sailor songs, in a country whose economy relies heavily on fish exportation.

Sailors bringing in the fish.

Sailors bringing in the fish. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Þröstur Njálsson

The fishing goes on day and night.

The fishing goes on day and night. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Þröstur Njálsson

The deck at twilight

The deck at twilight Photo: Iceland Monitor/Þröstur Njálsson

Sailors working on the deck.

Sailors working on the deck. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Þröstur Njálsson

Sailors need to be quick to react to changing of …

Sailors need to be quick to react to changing of weather and waves. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Þröstur Njálsson

According to Njálsson these are considered small waves.

According to Njálsson these are considered small waves. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Þröstur Njálsson

Just like any other day.

Just like any other day. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Þröstur Njálsson

In the 50's and 60's sailors were often referred to …

In the 50's and 60's sailors were often referred to as "the heroes of the land and soldiers of the sea". Photo: Iceland Monitor/Þröstur Njálsson

Weather

Light drizzle

Today

10 °C

Light rain

Tomorrow

12 °C

Overcast

Wednesday

5 °C

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