Knitting under the northern lights

Knitting under the northern ligths is a unique tour for women who are interested in knitting in Iceland. Learn about the unique Icelandic wool, knitting, spinning, hand dying techniques and local farming.

Date

1st – 5th October 2020

Min pers

12

Come to Iceland on a 5 days/4 nights journey and learn about the rich Icelandic tradition of knitting.

On this 5 day journey you will experience first hand the Icelandic knitting tradtion, the uniqueness of the Icelandic wool, the way the wool is prepared, spun and hand dyed with natural Icelandic herbs. First and foremost you will experience the joy of knitting in a magnificent landscape, with unique experiences at every step.

You will travel in a small group around the Golden Circle and the Woollen Circle in South Iceland. Meet local experts, learn new techniques, gain hands on experience, learning old techniques on preparing and dying the wool.

Highlights:

  • Visit wooshop and galleries with quality wool, pins and recipies
  • Travel through magnificent landscapes, see waterfalls, sprouting geysirs, mountains and volcanos.
  • Workshop in hand dying wool using Icelandic herbs
  • Visit to a wool mill where the wool is prepared, washed and spun
  • Visit a wool gallery where experienced knitters meet the group and introduce the uniqueness of the Icelandic wool
  • Visit wool shops and galleries with an excellent selection of wool, pins and recipies
  • Meet a local sheep farmer who designs her own knitwear
  • Stay in a lovely guesthouse with spectacular views, rated 9,7 on Tripadvisor
  • Enjoy home made local food
  • Visit Friðheimar tomato farm, a local restaurant set in a greenhouse
  • Bake your own bread in a hotspring
  • Soak in a natural hot pool
  • Hear local folklores, learn about elves, trolls and hidden people
  • Travel with a knowledgeble local guide and a keen knitter
  • Possibility to see norther lights

Price: 1590 USD,  min 5, max 10 guests.

COST: 1590* USD * Due to the high cost of Iceland tourism ad the volatility of the Krona (Iceland's currency) the final cost will depend on the number of travellers and exchange rate at the time of the final payment and will not exceed an additional $350.

INCLUDED: The cost includes all lodging, based on double occupancy, all meals, all group land transfers with motor coach, to and from Reykjavík, a local guide, all group activities (as listed above),

  • NOT INCLUDED: Roundtrip airfare, transport to and from airport, extra activities/sites, extra purchases (such as souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, snacks and lodging sundries), travel insurance.
  • PLEASE NOTE that the northern lights migth not be visible during the trip. Northern light exposure depends on the solar wind and solar activity cycle, and of course on cloud cover. On an overcast night the lights will not be visible. The lights are most active in Sept-Oct and in March-April so there is a good chance to see them. During the trip your local guide will keep a close eye on the auroa borealis forecast and scout for the lights whenever they migth be visible.

 

Day to day itinerary

Day 1 - Stock up and get settled

Pickup in Reykjavík - Meet your guide and fellow knitter Herdís Friðriksdóttir.

Start with a lunch in a restaurant overviewing Reykjavík followed with a short guided tour around downtown Reykjavík with a stop in the cheapest woolstore in Iceland. Stock up on wool, needles and recipies.

Heading out of town in a private transport and settle in a beautiful local guesthouse overlooking mountains and volcanos, for a 4 night stay.

Enjoy a home cooked dinner followed with a walk around the neighbourhood where a ryebread dough will be placed inside a hotspring to cook for the next 24 hours. Pick up bread for breakfast the next day.

Snuggle up in the cozy living room with a good cup of hot chocolate or a glass of wine and knitting needles.

Day 2 - Golden knitting Circle!

After breakfast the group will tour the Golden Circle, but with a knitting twist!

Explore Geysir hotspring area and Gullfoss waterfall followed with a lunch inside a greenhouse at Friðheimar tomato farm. Enjoy a tomato soup with freshly baked bread and basil.

Visit the local art and handicraft shop in a local eco village where the residents make hand-made art from recycled material. In the afternoon meet a local sheep farmer who designs and knits her own wool wear. Visit her sheep stables and learn about small scale sheepfarming.

Home made dinner at the house followed with a meeting with some local women and fellow knitters. Hear about the tradition of knitting circles and learn about their true purpose!

Day 3 - The Woolen circle

After breakfast, head to the "The Woolen circle" in South Iceland and meet with women who are committed to producing quality products from the Icelandic wool. Meet Hulda at Uppspuni, a family run mini-mill and learn about the uniqueness of the Icelandic wool. Follow the steps of how the sheeps wool becomes yarn. Go through the process of washing, spinning and preparing the wool. After a lunch in a local restaurant the group will stop in Þingborg woolshop where some local wool specialists will be waiting to show you the wool and answer all the questions you might have. There will be a chance to shop for unique unspun Icelandic wool, yarn, and handmade specialist knitting products.

Home made dinner at the house followed with time to knit and sharing stories over a glass of wine and chocholate in the evening.

Day 4 - Workshop in hand dyeing wool

After breakfast the group will head to South Iceland where they will have a workshop with Guðrún Bjarnadóttir at Hespa studio. She will teach how to hand dye Icelandic wool with native plants, according to the old Icelandic traditions. The group will get a hands on experience in dyeing the wool themselves.

The group will break for lunch in a local restaurant before continuing the workshop.  In the afternoon the group will visit a local hotspring lagoon for a relaxing soak, a very unique experience!

In the evening the group will have a nice farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 5 - The scenic tour 

After breakfast the group will pack up and leave the guesthouse.

The group will have a scenic drive to Reykjavík and make stops depending on weather and local opportunities.  Expected arrival to Reykjavík 1 pm.

$1,590.00

Departure:
Itinerary for Knitting under the northern lights

Knitting under the northern ligths is a unique tour for women who are interested in knitting in Iceland. Learn about the unique Icelandic wool, knitting, spinning, hand dying techniques and local farming.

Day 1

Pickup in Reykjavík - Meet your guide and fellow knitter Herdís Friðriksdóttir. Start with a lunch in a restaurant overviewing Reykjavík followed with a short guided tour around downtown Reykjavík where the group will stop in the cheapest woolstore in Iceland. Stock up on wool, needles and recipies. The group will head out of town and settle in a beautiful local guesthouse overlooking mountains and volcanos. Enjoy a home cooked dinner followed with a walk around the nearby area where you will place ryebread dough inside a hotspring to cook for the next 24 hours. Guests can snuggle in the cozy living room by the fire with a good cup of hot chocolate or a glass of wine and knitting needles.

Day 2

After breakfast the group wil tour the Golden Circle, but with a knitting twist! Explore Geysir hotspring area and Gullfoss waterfall followed with a lunch inside a greenhouse at Friðheimar tomato farm. Enjoy a tomato soup with freshly baked bread and basil. Visit the local artshop at a local eco village where the residents make hand made art from recyceled material. In the afternoon meet a local sheep farmer who designs and knits her own wool wear. Visit her sheep stables and learn about small scale sheepfarming. Home made dinner at the house followed with a meeting with some local women and fellow knitters.

Day 3

In the morning the group will visit "The Woolen circle" in South Iceland and meet with women who are committed to producing quality products from the Icelandic wool. The group will visit Hulda at Uppspuni, a family run mini-mill and learn about the uniqueness of the Icelandic wool. They will learn how the wool is prepared for spinning right off the sheep. After a lunch in a local restaurant the group will stop in Þingborg woolshop.. There will be a chance to shop for unique unspun Icelandic wool, yarn, and handmade specialist knitting products. Home made dinner at the house followed with time to knit in the evening.

Day 4

After breakfast the group will head to South Iceland where they will have a workshop with Guðrún Bjarnadóttir at Hespa studio. She will teach how to hand dye Icelandic wool with plants, according to the old Icelandic traditions. The group will get a hands on experience in dying the wool themselves. The group will break for lunch in a local restaurant before continuing the workshop. In the afternoon the group will visit a local hotspring lagoon for a relaxing soak. In the evening the group will have a nice farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 5

After breakfast the group will pack up and leave the guesthouse. The group will have a scenic drive to Reykjavík and make stops depending on weather and local opportunities. Expected arrival to Reykjavík 1 pm.