Iceland Knitting Cruise

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12 Sep 2019 - 24 Sep 2019
Duration: 12 nights
Ref: 19026
With: Karie Westermann

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"I'm delighted to announce the return of Iceland to our programme of knitting tours. Always a firm favourite with our guests, this time you'll be circumnavigating the country by cruise ship, as well as stopping at the Faroe Islands at the start of your cruise and Ireland at the end. Included in the tour price are three excursions exclusive to our small group, showing you the highlights of each location as well as giving you the opportunity to understand their way of life and some of their knitting traditions. Karie Westermann, our expert on this holiday, is looking forward to sharing her knowledge of Icelandic knitting techniques, on five days of workshops, as you cruise past some spectacular scenery." - Alison White, Head of Stitchtopia Product

Geysers and glaciers, lava flows and volcanic craters, bubbling mud pools, stunning waterfalls and geothermal hot springs, Iceland has one of the world’s most dynamic landscapes. In the company of our expert, Karie Westermann, and your Tour Manager you’ll be able to step ashore at five fascinating ports of call as you circumnavigate this spectacular land.

On sea days join our expert for five full day workshops. Karie will take you through Icelandic knitting techniques as you cruise past some exquisite Icelandic scenery.

DAY 1

With a late afternoon sailing you'll have time to make your way to Bristol where ample car parking is available or join a coach transfer from London Victoria. Setting sail at 5pm you'll have time to settle in to your cabin before our welcome get together and first dinner on board.

DAYS 2 & 3

Full day workshops. Karie's projects will give you the opportunity to work with some Icelandic knitting techniques as you sail north towards the Faroe Isles.

DAY 4

We'll arrive in Kollafjørdur, a small fishing port on the Faroe Island of Streymoy, at breakfast time. Initially there were just a few dwellings adjoining the village church, which, dating from 1837 is a typical black-tarred wooden building with white painted windows and a turf roof. Today, although it is home to less than a thousand people, the village stretches over four miles along the northern shore of the Kollafjørdur Fjord.

From here our exclusive excursion includes a visit to a local sheep farmer, Navia wool producers and the idyllic village of Gjogv. For lunch we will take advantage of the Faroese “heimablídni" (home hospitality) and enjoy a delicious, traditional meal in a local couple's home.

We depart Kollafjørdur at tea time and continue our journey to Iceland overnight.

DAY 5

We'll arrive in Iceland around lunchtime today, where the ship makes a short stop at Seyðisfjörður, the innermost point of the fjord of the same name, on the east coast of the country.

We'll enjoy another full day workshop with Karie as we approach Iceland and take in these spectacular views.

Overnight we'll continue our circumnavigation of Iceland.

DAY 6

We have a full day in Akureyri today. Akureyri lies at the head of the 60-kilometre long Eyjafjördur, the longest fjord in Iceland. This capital of the north is today an attractive town with colourful houses and well-kept gardens. Optional excursions highlight Iceland’s extraordinary landscapes including surreal rock formations, the lunar-like pseudo-craters at Skutastadir and the stunning, crescent-shaped Godafoss Waterfall. Laufas Folk Museum, or Myvatn Nature Baths, Iceland’s newest spa, are relaxing alternatives.

Overnight we'll continue our circumnavigation of Iceland.

DAY 7

Today we have a full day in Isafjördur. Situated just below the Arctic Circle, Isafjördur is the largest town in the Westfjords region of Iceland. It sits on a gravel spit that stands out into the Skutulsfjördur flanked on three sides by towering mountains. There are only three roads leading out of the town and all are through tunnels. Optional excursions include a visit to the Maritime Museum which traces the life and history of the settlement where fishing has been, and remains, the area’s main source of income. The Westfjords region is a nature lover’s paradise and another popular optional excursion visits the magical island of Vigur, which is home to a large eider duck colony and vast bird population.

We cruise to Reykjavik overnight.

DAY 8

Part old Norse, part modern city, the Icelandic capital has a quirky character of its own. Although Reykjavik is one of the world’s smallest capital cities, it is home to almost half of Iceland’s population.

Our exclusive full day excursion includes all the highlights of the classic ‘Golden Circle’ featuring vast lava fields, bubbling mud pools, crashing waterfalls and spouting geysers as well as a visit to wool processors Ístex, which produce and sell the famous Álafosslopi yarns and Thingborg Wool Centre, where we have a guided tour.

DAY 9

We have the luxury of another morning in Reykjavik, and a half day tour that will start at the studio of Hélène Magnússon, a famous Icelandic knitter. Here we'll see her work and have the opportunity for a shopping spree with her yarns, patterns, kits and books! From here we'll walk to the Handknitting Association of Iceland, for a visit. The rest of the morning in Reykjavik is yours to do as you wish.

The ship departs Reykjavik at 2pm.

DAYS 10 & 11

Full day workshops. Karie's projects will give you the opportunity to work with some Icelandic knitting techniques as you sail south towards Ireland.

DAY 12

We'll arrive into Cobh at breakfast time.

Lying at the mouth of the River Lee, Cobh has one of the best natural harbours in the world. Known as Queenstown until 1922, it was the departure point for thousands of Irish emigrants to America and the last port of call of the Titanic. Optional excursions include the ‘Queenstown Story’, a wonderful exhibition telling of this rich maritime history and from Cobh’s waterfront, streets lined with brightly coloured houses climb the steep slope of a hill, which is crowned with the imposing St Coleman’s Cathedral. Cobh is also gateway to the city of Cork and optional excursions to Ireland’s legendary Blarney Castle.

We depart Cobh at lunchtime and sail overnight to Bristol.

DAY 13

We arrive into Bristol early this morning. Time to disembark and say farewell to your fellow knitters.

CRUISE PRICES

Twin Standard Plus Inner Cabin (Category 2): £2295 per person
3rd & 4th person sharing the same cabin: £1595 per person (supplements below still apply)
Deposit: £250 per person

CABIN SUPPLEMENTS

Twin Superior Inner Cabin (Category 3): £125 per person
Twin Standard Cabin with Ocean View (Category 6): £260 per person
Twin Standard Plus Cabin with Ocean View (Category 8): £355 per person

Single Superior Inner Cabin (Category 5): £435 per person
Single Standard Cabin with Ocean View (Category 7): £635 per person
Single Standard Plus Cabin with Ocean View (Category 8): £720 per person
Single Superior Cabin with Ocean View (Category 10): £925 per person

Please note: Full cabin details are available here. Deck Plan is available here.

TRANSPORT SUPPLEMENTS

Bristol Port Parking: £132
London Victoria return coach transfer: £25 per person

CRUISE PACKAGE SUPPLEMENTS

Included in our package is the CMV Value package which covers:

  • Gratuities and services charges for the cruise
  • Confirmed seating in the restaurant (subject to availability, first come best served basis)
  • Priority cabin upgrade option (if available)
  • Welcome bottle of Bon Voyage Wine (Per cabin)
Guests can also upgrade their cruise package. For full details and prices, please click click here

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • 12 nights full board cruise aboard Magellan
  • Gratuities and services charges on board ship
  • Welcome bottle of wine per cabin
  • Company and expertise of knitting expert Karie Westermann
  • 5 full day workshops on board ship in a private lounge
  • Exclusive Faroes full day excursion, lunch included
  • Exclusive Reykjavik full day and half day excursion
  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout the holiday

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunch on Reykjavik excursion days
  • Driver and guide gratuities for excursions
  • Workshop materials
  • 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:
Worldwide - £75

THE "STITCH TOGETHER" PROGRAMME

If you are interested in any of our Stitchtopia holidays but don’t have a friend to join you, why not join our ‘Stitch Together’ programme? Designed for those travelling alone, we will help you find someone like-minded to share with so you've no single supplement to pay and can enjoy the benefit of this saving.

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

THE MAGELLAN CRUISE SHIP

The Bahamian flagged Magellan with her gleaming profile, beautiful wood type decks and distinctive livery is an impressive ship. She will accommodate about 1250 guests within a warm and friendly atmosphere that reflects a truly British cruise experience. Magellan is air conditioned and has nine passenger decks serviced by eight lifts.

Magellan boasts a spacious interior, with wide corridors and expansive wooden deck areas providing comfortable surroundings for guests. However, the ship still provides an intimate atmosphere, with a huge range of leisure facilities, including bars and lounges, as well as multiple dining options.

The Magellan ship provides a quintessentially British cruise experience to all its passengers. Highlights include its two high-quality restaurants, the Waldorf and the Kensington, the more relaxed Raffles Bistro, and an impressive array of whirlpools and swimming pools out on the deck.

CABINS

All cabins, regardless of category, are equipped with the following:

  • Air Conditioning
  • En suite with shower
  • Ample wardobe and storage space
  • Flat screen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Personal safe
  • To find out more about the cabin categories available, please click here