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Knitting in the Faroe Islands

Discover the stunning landscapes of the Faroe Islands in the company of fellow travellers who share your passion for knitting. Enjoy two and a half days of private workshops, where, under the guidance of local knitting expert Katrina I Geil, you’ll learn about the Faroese knitting traditions as you create your own Faroese inspired project. With both included excursions and a choice of optional tours you can delve deep and explore the stunning landscapes and extraordinary nature of this remote north Atlantic outpost. Learn about the islands’ history, traditions and culture with a visit to the National Museum, meet local textile artists and sample the local Faroese cuisine.

8 days from £2,499pp Departure Dates

Your Tour Includes

  • Return flights from Edinburgh to Vagar with 1 piece of hold luggage
  • Coach travel throughout
  • Welcome and farewell dinners at the hotel
  • 5 half day knitting workshops with Katrina I Geil, including kit
  • 1 full day & 1 half day sightseeing tour, including visits to local textile designers
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager
  • 7 nights in 4-star accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis
Experts
Katrina í Geil

Katrina í Geil

Katrina í Geil is a textile and knitting designer of international standing who has given lectures and workshops worldwide. As a designer she combines knowledge from knit and design with personal styling to give the garment a more personal edge.

Her work focuses on reinventing the traditional Faroese craft and culture. Her two and a half days of knitting workshops will focus on projects working with traditional garment and patterns, yet using your senses and local inspiration to create a personal design under her guidance.


Itinerary

Overview

Meet at Edinburgh airport for your flight to Vagar airport. Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel Hafnia in Tórshavn. This evening there will be a welcome dinner in the hotel.

Includes Dinner

Overview

We start the day with a guided walk through the old part of Torshavn before continuing by bus to visit renowned local textile designer Poulina. After the visit we drive over the mountains to Kirkjubour, the islands’ most significant historical site. In medieval times, this small village was the cultural and episcopal centre of the Faroe Islands. We’ll visit the medieval Magnus Cathedral, built in the 1300s and the effective seat of power over several centuries, the present Parish church, Ólavskirkja, built in 1111 and used as the main church in the Faroe Islands for centuries and the 900 year-old farmhouse, Roykstovan, which is thought to be the oldest wooden house still in use today (the Patursson family have lived there for 17 generations). This afternoon is the first of your workshops in the hotel with Katrina.

Includes Breakfast

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Kirkjubour

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Enjoy a full day of workshops and learn more about Faroese knitting traditions with Katrina.

Includes Breakfast

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Workshop

Overview

You may wish to join us on an optional excursion to Vestmanna. A coach will take us via the mountain road, where an excursion boat awaits. We sail along the line of the cliffs, into a narrow strait and some of the grottoes. On the way back to Tórshavn we stop at the Viking settlements in Kvivik.

Includes Breakfast

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Vestmanna

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Today’s included excursion starts with a guided visit of the National Museum before taking in the dramatic coastal scenery and the Snældan wool factory on route to the northern islands. In Klaksvik, the second largest town in the Faroes, we’ll visit the fine Christianskirkjan and see artwork by local textile designer Edvard Fuglo. After a lunch of local specialities we continue to the northernmost village on the island of Eysturoy and enjoy exploring the idyllic village of Gjogv, where we also pause for coffee before returning to Tórshavn.

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Klaksvik

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In the afternoon you may wish to join us on an optional excursion to Nolsoy. After a 20-minute ferry journey from Tórshavn to Nolsoy our local guide will take us on a guided tour of the village, where life is so different from in the town. Here we’ll see knitwork produced and sold by a local co-operative.

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Nolsoy cliff side

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Another day to get creative with morning and afternoon workshops led by Katrina. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

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Workshop

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Say farewell to your fellow knitters and fly back to Edinburgh.

Includes Breakfast

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 stay for seven nights at the Hotel Hafnia in Tórshavn.

Hotel Hafnia

Centrally located in the heart of the capital overlooking the picturesque harbour, this 4-star hotel is ideally situated close to shops, cafes and restaurants. The modern hotel has 74 rooms that are light and simply furnished in traditional Scandinavian style. The hotel has a private meeting room that will be used for our knitting workshops. Buffet breakfast is served in the popular Restaurant Hafnia.

Hotel Facilities

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  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
General
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna or Steam Room
Service
  • Free WiFi (Public Areas)
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  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available
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