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Knitting in Iceland

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.

7 days from £2,555pp Departure Dates

Your Tour Includes

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Reykjavík, checked luggage included
  • 6 nights in 4-star half-board accommodation
  • 2 Dinners
  • Lunch at the Blue Lagoon on first day
  • Travel by private coach
  • Services of an Arena Travel Tour Manager throughout
  • Workshops with Helene Magnusson, kits included
Experts
Helene Magnusson

Helene Magnusson


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.



Itinerary

Overview

Meet your Arena Tour Travel Manager at London Heathrow airport for your early morning flight to Iceland. Upon arrival into Reykjavík, we will be greeted by Hélène Magnússon, our knitting expert. From the airport we will drive directly to the Blue Lagoon, one of the wonders of the world. We will spend some time here, soaking in the waters of the Blue Lagoon and lunch at the Lava restaurant. Later in the day, arrive at your hotel and this evening you’ll enjoy a welcome gourmet dinner with your fellow knitters.

Includes Dinner

Overview

This morning we will enjoy our first knitting workshop with Hélène at the hotel and this afternoon we will visit her inspiring studio. You’ll also have the opportunity for time at leisure to explore Reykjavík.

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Includes Lunch

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Workshop

Overview

Today we set out on an excursion and drive the Golden Circle route. This Golden Circle tour is slightly different as it includes a woolly twist! As well as visiting Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and the renowned Geysir geothermal area, we will visit the Ístex mill where the unspun lopi is being made and enjoy the site of the old mill at the Álafoss shop.

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Panoramic view of Gullfoss waterfall

Overview

Enjoy a full day knitting with Hélène at the hotel.

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Workshop

Overview

Today is all about yarns and colours! We will enjoy an excursion to visit the Hespa dyeing studio, the Þingborg wool centre and the Uppspuni mini-mill. Lunch will be in an authentic Icelandic turf farm and we will be able to knit in the “baðstofa“, just like in the old days.

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Hespa Dyeing Studio

Overview

This morning we will enjoy our last knitting workshop with Hélène at the hotel. This afternoon we will visit the National Museum and enjoy some shopping in Reykjavík. In the evening, we’ll gather for a delicious farewell dinner.

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Includes Lunch

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Workshop

Overview

This morning we will depart our hotel for the airport for our return flight to the UK.

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Knitting Holidays

Knitting Holidays

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!

Accommodation

You will be staying at the 4-star Grandi Hotel in Reykjavik for 6 nights.

Grandi By Centre Hotels

The 4-star Grandi Hotel sits in the centre of Reykjavik’s creative quarter, perfect for exploring the city. The hotel delivers a classic comfort feel full or modern frills with 195 spacious rooms.

Hotel Facilities

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Room
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower or Bath
  • Telephone
General
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
Accessibility
  • Lift
Service
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Free WiFi (Public Areas)
Hotel
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift