Icelanders enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world, primarily because of the riches of the seas around their shores. However, fishing in the rough waters of the North-Atlantic has always been a dangerous occupation which calls for sturdiness, resilience and courage. On land, the manual workers in the fish-processing industry have traditionally had to work long hours in difficult conditions. This book describes this story, in both words and pictures.
The book contains a wealth of photographs, taken by the photographer Kristinn Benediktsson at sea and in fishing communities all around Iceland during the years 1976-79. Historian Arnþór Gunnarsson wrote the text of the book and, together, words and pictures provide a unique view of the Icelandic fishing industry.