Knitting is very popular in Iceland, you see people in hand knitted Icelandic sweaters everywhere and knitting clubs can be found all over the country. West Iceland is the perfect destination for knitting, because of the long-established knitting tradition in the area. This, in combination with sightseeing in the beautiful nature West Iceland has to offer will make this trip an unforgettable experience. On a clear winter evening you might also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the magnificent northern lights.
Besides knitting, we will explore the beautiful nature West Iceland has to offer and visit interesting places, mostly related to the Icelandic wool. We will learn about the coloring of yarn with dye made of Icelandic plants, have a workshop in spinning wool and learn about the Icelandic goat and wool from the goats. We also visit a farmers market and taste products from local farmers. Furthermore we’ll learn about the settlement of Iceland and the Sagas at the Settlement Centre.
Use your free time to take a stroll around the town of Borgarnes, visit the outdoor swimming pool with its steam bath and hot tubs, and take a look around in the (small) shopping center and the local yarn shop!
Pick up at Keflavík Airport in the afternoon and transfer to your guesthouse, Borgarnes B&B. Dinner at the guesthouse upon arrival followed by an introduction meeting with our knitting instructor, Ragga.
After breakfast we have our first knitting workshop with Ragga. We have lunch at the guesthouse, before we take off to Hvanneyri village, where we visit botanist and dyer Guðrún Bjarnadóttir at her shop Hespuhúsið. We learn about the coloring of yarn with dye made of Icelandic plants and lichens during a workshop that takes the whole afternoon. Dinner at the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, where we learn about the Icelandic Sagas and settlement of Iceland.
We continue knitting with Ragga. After lunch we’ll take a sightseeing tour in the Borgarfjörður fjord area, visiting Ullarselið Wool Centre and the Icelandic Goat Centre at the farm Háafell, where we will enjoy coffee and Icelandic pancakes, made of goat milk. Before returning to our guesthouse we visit the Ljómalind farmers market, where local handicrafts are offered and we have the opportunity to taste some products from local farmers. Dinner at the Borgarnes B&B.
Today we have a whole day of knitting at the guesthouse. A good guest, Rita from the farm Grenigerði, will be with us today for a spinning workshop, for those who are interested. On our last evening together we have dinner at Edda´s World, where we have the possibility to visit to the exhibition of Norse mythology (optional). At Edda´s World we can also visit some crafters and see them at work in their studios.
Transfer to Keflavík airport for departure OR prolong your stay in Reykjavík – Information upon request.