French Days in Fáskrúðsfjörður
French Days in Fáskrúðsfjörður is an annual family-centric cultural festival first held in 1996.
The purpose of the festival is to maintain the memory of French fishermen who practised their craft off the shores of Iceland in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The festival caters to the family and everyone should be able to find something to suit their interests.
The town hosts a plethora of visitors each year including expatriate locals, families from neighbouring towns, French guests from Fáskrúðsfjörður’s twin town, Gravelines, among others.
The schedule is diverse and includes concerts, family marches, a bonfire, sing-alongs, fireworks, dances, races, carnival rides, exhibitions, a memorial service dedicated to French sailors, and many other activities.
A French heritage museum is operated in Fáskrúðsförður which tells the story of French sailors in Iceland though its exhibitions. An organisation named Minjavernd which is dedicated to the preservation of historical buildings and sites in Iceland recently rebuilt buildings connected to the presence of French sailors in Fáskrúðsfjörður. These buildings now house Fosshotel Eastfjords.
We highly recommend the experience and encourage you to make your way to Fáskrúðsfjörður this summer.