“Herring is one the principal shapers of Icelanders' destinies. Without herring it is questionable whether the modern society that now exists in Iceland could ever have been developed.”
- Icelandic Historical Atlas, Vol.3, p.40
Icelanders of a certain age, still talk fondly of the “Herring Years”, when a season’s fishing could buy a young couple their first home, jobs were bountiful and money flowed freely. In the late 1950’s, the fish left.
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