(7 days/6 nights) Tour Code: CR4
“Fantastic craft opportunities and a lovely Icelandic welcome wherever we went.” This trip is based on one we created for six ladies from Derbyshire, interested in knitting, craft and textiles, who travelled to Iceland in October 2015. With a small tour bus and expert driver guide, they drove fromto the North of Iceland, staying in small, country hotels with one night spent in the capital. With such a small group, we could offer great flexibility so, for those not wishing to participate in all elements of the programme, other excursions and activities – photography, for example – were available.
If you are interested, please contact us here. For groups of six or more, we can create a tailor-made trip just for you. Departures can be at any time of year and the holiday can be for any number of nights. Also available as an example is the East Iceland craft holiday which includes Iceland’s south coast, Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and craft related stops along the way. Contact us for more details.
Arrival day, and a day based in Reykjavik which includes a visit to local craft shops and makers, with the opportunity to get started on a knitting or craft project. Your tour guide will welcome you to Iceland at the airport and take care of all of the transportation from Keflavik to your accommodation, and then make sure that you have dinner together and (depending on the season) take you for an evening Northern Lights hunt or to enjoy the evening sun.
Before heading North, there will be a workshop visit, and a stop en route to pick up lunch from a local bakery. The main destination is the Textile Museum in Blönduós, which exhibits a unique collection of homemade wool and textile items and beautiful Icelandic national costumes and embroideries, along with many of the tools used to produce them. Founded by the Women’s Union in East Húnavatnssýsla, the museum is the only one of its kind in Iceland and was officially opened in 1976. Today, it is situated in a striking new building where the exhibitions are easily accessible for visitors and where we make an arrangement for a private tour and workshop activity. At around 17:00, you arrive at your hotel in the town of Varmahlið where you will stay for three nights.
Today you will take a tour and workshop at Atlantic Leather, the only factory in Europe which makes high-quality leather from fish skin. If you don’t want to participate in the workshop, your guide will take you on a coastal tour of Skagafjörður. This evening, a get-together with local knitters is planned in your hotel.
A day of sight-seeing today as you drive along the stunning coastline of Eyjafjörður, via the town of Siglufjörður (once the centre of the herring industry and Iceland’s most northerly town) to visit the country’s second city Akureyri (population just 18,000!), where you will have dinner. Weather permitting, at around lunchtime, there will also be the chance to take a whale-watching boat trip from the town of Dalvík.
Drive South from Varmahlið to your overnight stay in the town of Reykholt. En route, as well as stopping to see waterfalls and hot springs, you will visit a goat farm to learn about the unique Icelandic breed. The owner makes full use of her animals, even producing skin creams and soaps from their fat and milk! Arriving at your hotel, you can relax in a hot tub while your guide tells you the story of Snörri the Viking and his family. Dinner is at your hotel.
Follow Iceland’s spectacular route, visiting Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area and the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall. This afternoon, there is the option to visit the geothermal greenhouses at Fridheimar, where tomatoes are cultivated year-round, and swim in the “Secret Lagoon”, a pool heated by a natural hot spring to a temperature of around 40 degrees. A small geysir close by erupts every few minutes. Stay overnight in the town of Hveragerdi where a farewell dinner is arranged at your hotel.
Your final day includes a return to the textile studio into complete and share your craft projects over coffee before heading to the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing bathe en route to the airport for your afternoon flight home.
- 6 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in comfortable 3* hotels with en suite facilities
- 2-course dinner each night
- all transport and guiding
- entry to workshops and attractions listed in the itinerary
- flights (please contact us for details)
- materials for your craft projects
- optional excursions and activities: whale-watching and Secret Lagoon
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