£2495, excluding flights (single supplement £160)
This sociable group workshop is based in the charming seaside town of Borgarnes (approximately 70km North of) where each morning and the whole of the last day will be spent knitting under the tuition of Ragnheiður “Ragga” Jóhannsdóttir of Icelandic Culture and Craft, who has over 40 years’ experience and will introduce you to traditional techniques. The holiday also includes sight-seeing expeditions.
Use your free time to take a stroll around Borgarnes, visit the outdoor swimming pool with its steam bath and hot tubs, and investigate the local yarn shop. On a clear winter evening, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the magical Northern Lights.
There will be a choice of items to knit, including socks, gloves, hats, and the characteristic Icelandic lopapeysa sweater, made using a circular needle. Please note that all necessary materials are available but are not included in the price. For socks, gloves or a hat, allow £15-20, for a sweater £40-50.
DAY 1: You will be met at Keflavík International Airport in the afternoon and transferred to your family-run guesthouse in Borgarnes. After dinner you will meet your knitting instructor, Ragga, for an introduction to the course and to choose a pattern and materials for the article of clothing you are going to work on.
DAY 2: This morning you will have your first knitting workshop with Ragga. After lunch, you set off to the village of Hvanneyri to visit botanist and dyer Guðrún Bjarnadóttir at her shop, where you will learn about the colouring of yarn with dye made from Icelandic plants and lichens. Before heading back to Borgarnes, there will be a visit to the Ullarselið Wool Centre. Dinner this evening is at the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, where you will learn about the Icelandic Sagas and settlement of Iceland.
DAY 3: After knitting with Ragga, you take a sightseeing tour of the area, visiting Bjarteyjarsandur farm, where you will have lunch and learn about Icelandic wool, and the Icelandic Goat Centre where you will be served coffee and Icelandic pancakes made from goats’ milk. Before returning to your guesthouse, you will stop at the Ljómalind farmers’ market, where local food and handicrafts are available. Dinner is at the guesthouse.
DAY 4: You will spend the whole of today knitting at the guesthouse. For those who are interested, a spinning workshop is available with guest tutor, Rita. Your last dinner is at Edda´s World, with an optional visit to the exhibition on Norse mythology and the chance to see some local crafters at work in their studios.
DAY 5: Transfer to Keflavík International Airport or add on an extra night or two into explore the world’s most northerly capital city.
- 4 nights accommodation at Borgarnes guesthouse (shared facilities)
- full board
- airport transfers
- all excursions and entrance fees mentioned above
- knitting materials
- entrance to Edda’s World exhibition
Maximum number of participants 8. For groups of six or more, private departures can be arranged. Please ask us for details.
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