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Join us for a 6-night knitting holiday to Iceland, home to breath-taking scenery and rich knitting traditions. This tour will be joined by French-Icelandic designer, Helene Magnusson and you’ll enjoy a number of workshops with her and a visit to her inspiring studio. Excursions will take us to the relaxing waters of the Blue Lagoon and Iceland’s most popular route, the Golden Circle – with a woolly twist! We will visit local artisans, dyers and spinners and learn new and old methods – you are sure to have an unforgettable insight into the Icelandic culture and knitting heritage.
Hélène Magnússon is a French-Icelandic designer with a degree in fashion design. She believes the best way to preserve traditions is to keep using them, giving them new life. A former lawyer, shepherdess and mountain guide, she established her knitting design studio in 2010 and gained international recognition with her distinctive style inspired by tradition, with a modern twist.
She is the author of numerous books on Icelandic knitting and her patterns are published in magazines, books, on Ravelry and on her website, where she also sells a large selection of Icelandic yarns and kits.
In the hope that it would help revive some of the old knitting traditions, she created her own line of soft and fine Icelandic yarns (Love Story, Gilitrutt and Katla).
She shares her passion for the rich Icelandic knitting heritage on the hiking and knitting tours she organizes and guides all year round in Iceland. She lives in Reykjavík with her family.
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Meet your Arena Tour Travel Manager at London Heathrow airport for your morning flight to Iceland. Upon arrival into Reykjavík, we will be greeted by Hélène Magnússon, our knitting expert and our local guide. From the airport we will drive directly to the Blue Lagoon. We will spend some time here, soaking in the waters and having lunch at the Lava restaurant.
This morning we will depart our hotel for the airport for our return flight to the UK.
Tour Notes: You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to get the most out of this holiday. On excursion days you will need to walk a short distance from the hotel to the coach and you should be able to board the coach unaided. On arrival at the excursion destination, you should be able to alight the coach unaided and there may be a walk between the coach drop off point and the excursion venue. By their nature, walking tours, museum visits etc involve being on your feet for a significant amount of time. Whilst our excursions are taken at a leisurely pace, for the enjoyment of everyone in the group you should be able to keep up with your fellow travellers.
Specially designed for knitters, this Stitchtopia knitting holiday is the ideal opportunity to meet like-minded knitters and indulge in your favourite hobby. Our talented knitting expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host inspirational workshops with a beautifully designed project to get those needles clicking!