Knitting in the Faroe Islands

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15 Jun 2020 - 24 Aug 2020
Duration: 7 nights from 15th June or 17th August
Ref: 20009
With: Katrina i Geil

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KNITTING IN THE FAROE ISLES

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.

MORE ABOUT THE FAROES

The Faroe Islands possess a strong affinity with knitting, making it the perfect destination for your holiday. At one stage in the islands’ rich history, woollen products were the most traded goods - illustrating just how important craft culture is to this beautiful part of the world. Traditionally, the men of the islands carded and spun the wool whilst the women knitted, generating in excess of 100,000 pairs of knitted socks each year by the middle of the eighteenth century and by the nineteenth century that number of jumpers were also being produced to the same inimitable standard.

DAY 1: EDINBURGH - TORSHAVN

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

DAY 2: TORSHAVN

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.

DAY 3: WORKSHOPS WITH KATRINA

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

DAY 4: A DAY AT LEISURE

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 Torshavn we stop at the Viking settlements in Kvivik.

DAY 5: KLAKSVIK, GJOGV

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 Torshavn.

DAY 6: A DAY AT LEISURE

In the afternoon you may wish to join us on an optional excursion to Nolsoy. After a 20-minute ferry journey from Torshavn 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.

DAY 7: WORKSHOPS WITH KATRINA

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

DAY 8: TORSHAVN - EDINBURGH

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

PRICES

Twin/double share: £1995 per person
Single room supplement: £199
Double room for sole use supplement: £499
Deposit: £250 per person

PLEASE NOTE - Single room supplement is for a single room and not a twin/double room for sole use

ADDITIONAL EXCURSIONS:

Vestmanna Excursion: £160 per person
Nolsoy Excursion: £115 per person

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return flights between Edinburgh and Vágar Airport (Faroe Islands)
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation at the Hotel Hafnia on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in the hotel
  • 5 x half day workshops led by Katrina I Geil
  • 1 x full day and 1 x half day guided sightseeing tours, including visits to local textile designers
  • Coach travel as described in the itinerary
  • Services of an experienced tour manager throughout the tour
  • Kit for workshops
  • Driver tips

NOT INCLUDED

Optional excursions, Meals and drinks unless otherwise stated, Travel insurance.

NON-CRAFTERS

Why not bring a non-crafting partner with you?
If a non-crafting family member or friend wishes to accompany you on any of our holidays, and is sharing a room with you, then the following reductions will apply to the price the non-crafter pays:
Europe - £50

WHY NOT MEET US THERE?

Stitchtopia Holidays are designed with all crafters in mind, wherever you live in the world! If you would like to make your own flight arrangements and meet us at our first hotel, please let us know - we would love to tell you more about our “meet us there” holiday discounts.

THE "STITCH TOGETHER" PROGRAMME

For single travellers who are interested in our trips, but don’t have a friend able to come with them why not join our "Stitch Together" programme to help with the costs of a single occupancy room? We have designed a way for you to find someone to share a room with on any of our Stitchtopia Holidays.

Find out more about our "Stitch Together" programme >>

Hotel Hafnia

Centrally located in the heart of the capital overlooking the picturesque harbour, Hotel Hafnia 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. Buffet breakfast is served in the popular Restaurant Hafnia. The hotel has a private meeting room that will be used for our knitting workshops.

GUEST ROOMS

All rooms are en-suite with private toilet and shower and offer the following

  • WiFi
  • Satellite TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Telephone
  • Coffee & tea making facilities
  • All rooms are non-smoking