Knitting through Iceland’s wonders & wildlife

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29 Jun 2020 - 9 Jul 2020
Duration: 10 nights
Ref: 20036
With: Jane Crowfoot


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Circumnavigating Iceland, taking in extraordinary waterways and ports along the way, you’re in for an exhilarating adventure packed with opportunities to marvel at the awe-inspiring natural wonders, dramatic landscapes and magical wildlife of one of the world’s most spectacular countries.

In Reykjavik our included excursions combine all the highlights of the classic ‘Golden Circle’ with visits to the producers of the famous Álafosslopi yarns and the studio of a renown Icelandic knitter. There will also be plenty of opportunities for shopping!

Our knitting expert, Jane Crowfoot, will offer four full day knitting and crochet workshops on board, as well as plenty of opportunities for social knitting as we circumnavigate Iceland.


"Iceland has an incredibly rich heritage of knitting skills and I am so looking forward to this trip. I will provide a hand knit project for you to work on over the course of the cruise. The techniques I will be showing will include fair isle, worked in rows and in the round and steeking, which is a method where you stabilise and then cut through your knitting to create an opening. I will also show you how to add simple embroidery and how to add beads into your stitches to add an extra detail to your knitted project."


With a late afternoon sailing you'll have time to make your way to Rosyth settle into your cabin before our welcome get together and first dinner on board.

DAYS 2 & 3: AT SEA

Two full day workshops with Jane as we sail towards Iceland.

This evening we cruise by three highlights of our Icelandic adventure; Eyjafjallajökull is a soaring, 5,466ft-high active volcano which famously erupted in 2010. Situated on the beautiful south coast of Iceland, this notorious, ice-capped natural wonder is a simply breathtaking sight. Cruising slowly by, we’ll enjoy unspoilt views of the volcano.

Elliðaey Island is part of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, a collection of picturesque islands situated off the south coast of Iceland. What sets Elliðaey Island apart from the other islands in the archipelago, aside from its obvious natural beauty, is an intriguing white cottage, which stands alone on a grassy pasture. A unique, beautiful island, Elliðaey is always a sight to behold.

Elephant Rock is an incredible natural rock formation which is said to have formed following the eruption of Heimaey Island’s Eldfell Volcano in the 1970’s. It is named Elephant Rock as its appearance is akin to a giant elephant dipping its trunk into the Atlantic Ocean which surrounds the island. A remarkable example of Mother Nature at work, Elephant Rock is best seen from the sea; and there no better way to admire this wonderful natural wonder than from the decks of your ship.


Reykjavik, Iceland’s stunning coastal capital and cultural centre, is the world’s most northerly capital. The city combines colourful buildings, creative people, extraordinary design, and some of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders.

Our exclusive full day excursion begins with a visit to Ístex Lopi in Mosfellsbær. Wool processing has been a trade here since 1896. Ístex is an abbreviation of the full company name, Íslenskur Textiliðnaður, meaning Icelandic Textile Industry. Ístex produces and sells the famous Alafosslopi and other Lopi yarns for hand knitting such as Plötulopi, Bulkylopi and Léttlopi. They are also manufacturers of industrial yarns for knitting, weaving and carpet manufacturing and all their products are made of high-quality Icelandic wool.

From Mosfellsbær we follow the famous Golden Circle route from Reykjavik into the southern uplands. Three highlights of the tour include Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss waterfall, and the geothermal area in Haukadalur, home to the Geysir and Strokkur geysers. Thingvellir National Park is very important to every Icelander; the name translates as Parliament Plains. Althingi, the National Parliament of Iceland, was established here in 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. Our fantastic day will end at the Thingborg Wool Centre, brainchild of a group of women who started to meet here to work with wool and soon opened a shop to sell their crafts.


We have the luxury of another day ashore, 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 into the centre of Reykjavik to visit Hallgrímskirkju; a national monument dedicated to the most renown religious poet of Iceland, Hallgrím Pétursson. The church towers over the centre of Reykjavik and its 73-meter-high tower provides a wonderful view over the entire city. Our final visit of the morning is to the Handknitting Association of Iceland where we will be able to see and buy yarn and handknitted products. The rest of the day in Reykjavik is yours to do as you wish.


The pretty, ancient church site of Ísafjörður, perched on the peninsular of the Westfjords, has been one of Iceland’s busiest and most important fishing and trading centres for over 250 years. With its fine natural harbour, Ísafjörður is set against a backdrop of steep mountains and an arcing spit that extends out into the deep Skutulsfjörður. The town centre’s preserved timber and tin-clad buildings are a joy to explore. Easily navigable streets offer warm cafes, bakeries and welcoming family-run restaurants that serve the finest locally caught seafood all year round. The Westfjords Heritage Museum has exhibits on the town’s maritime history, while the Old Hospital contains archives and photography. Ísafjörður is also the port from which to discover the beautiful landscape of Vigur, The Paradise Island. Only a short 30-minute boat trip away, the island is home to thousands of puffins, arctic terns, eider ducks, black guillemots and more.

This evening we’ll cruise by Hornstrandir and Drangaskörð. Hornstrandir, the King and Queen of Cliffs, is home to huge numbers of migrating birds every year, with fulmars, guillemots, kittiwakes, puffins and razorbills often seen perched on the rugged rocky ledges. Soaring 500 metres into the sky, this incredible structure dominates the landscape at the tip of Iceland's remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. One of the most unique natural wonders in Iceland, the remarkable Drangaskörð is a collection of dragon tail-like pinnacles rising from the sea and dominating the skyline of the breathtaking Westfjords. An awe-inspiring sight, Drangaskörð is among Iceland's most prominent landmarks and is best seen from the water. We'll be presented with unspolit views of this spectacular attraction.


Located in Northern Iceland, Akureyri is a beautiful town best known for its spectacular landscapes, lush vegetation and its diverse wildlife. The waters surrounding the town are teaming with rare, native species such as humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and porpoises. Within reach on the optional tours are incredible natural wonders, such as the Godafoss ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and Lake Myvatn. In the town centre, there are many museums, galleries and exhibitions to discover and enjoy, offering an insight into the diverse culture of Akureyri and Iceland as a whole. ‘Arts Alley’, the main street that runs directly through the town, is Akureyri’s cultural hub. Here you we’ll find the very best galleries, exhibitions and restaurants that the town has to offer.

This evening we sail through Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland and pass pretty Hrisey Island, known as the ‘Pearl of the Eyjafjörður’.

Eyjafjörður is situated at the edge of the Arctic circle and the fjord lies on the migratory routes of many species of whales and birds. Pretty Hrisey Island is known as the ‘Pearl of the Eyjafjörður’. It is Iceland’s second largest island, yet only around 200 people live here in one tiny village. Those who do live on Hrisey share the flat green lands with about 40 bird species, including ptarmigans and Arctic terns. Framed by incredible mountainous landscapes and surrounded by the still waters of the Eyjafjörður, Hrisey is a delight to see as you glide along the longest fjord in Iceland.


This morning we bask in the remoteness of Seyðisfjörður as our ship negotiates the twists and turns of the fjord en route to the picturesque town of the same name. We’ll take in views of huge mountains, hills and cliffs before the sound of thundering waterfalls captures our attention. Nestled in between the beautiful Mount Strandartindur and Mount Bjolfur in the Eastfjords of Iceland, Seyðisfjörður is a home to a unique collection of wonderfully preserved wooden structures. Regarded as one of Iceland’s most picturesque towns, Seyðisfjörður’s remoteness makes a visit here even more special. The valley above the town echoes to the sound of the 25 thundering waterfalls formed by the river Fjaroara as it cascades down to a lagoon at the head of the fjord. Gufufoss is one of its most photogenic waterfalls. With its small population of some 800 people, Seyðisfjörður is a relaxing place to explore. The Skaftfell Centre for Visual Art makes for a quaint cultural visit and has a pleasant bistro. Fishing, cycling, golf and kayaking are all on hand in this welcoming town. This evening we sail along the east coast of Iceland. Dalatangi, Akurfell and Tóarfjall are three incredible, snow-flecked, pyramid-shaped mountains. Take your place on the deck to enjoy unspoilt views of the mountains and immerse yourself in the astonishing peace, tranquility and natural beauty of this breathtaking part of the world. As we cruise further along the coast, we’ll look out for Nipukollur, a mighty 1,958ft-high peak close to the beautiful town of Neskaupstadur and take in views of the majestic Norðfjarðarhorn and Gerpir, the country’s easternmost point. Gerpir boasts towering cliffs, some of which are said to be 12 million years old, and dramatic rugged landscapes.

DAYS 9 & 10: AT SEA

Two full day workshops with Jane as we sail back towards the UK.


We arrive into Rosyth early this morning. Time to disembark and say farewell to your fellow crafters.


All prices listed are per person

Twin/double share cabins: from £2699
Single occupancy cabins: from £3598
Deposit: £250

I – Twin/double share interior cabin, deck 5: £2699
H – Twin/double share interior cabin, decks 5 & 6: £2788
F - Twin/double share ocean view cabin, decks 3 & 4: £2918
D - Twin/double share ocean view cabin, decks 4 & 5: £2998
C - Twin/double share superior ocean view cabin, deck 5: £3174
B - Twin/double share superior ocean view cabin, deck 6: £3258
SS - Twin/double share superior suite, deck 9: £4708

N – Single occupancy interior cabin, deck 6: £3598
K – Single occupancy ocean view cabin, deck 4: £4568
I – Single occupancy interior cabin, deck 5: £3708
H – Single occupancy interior cabin, decks 5 & 6: £3994
F – Single occupancy ocean view cabin, decks 3 & 4: £4028
D – Single occupancy ocean view cabin, decks 4 & 5: £4554
C – Single occupancy superior ocean view cabin, deck 5: £4878
B – Single occupancy superior ocean view cabin, deck 6: £5078
SS – Single occupancy superior suite, deck 9: £7718

Full cabin details are available here.

Deck plan is available here.


An all-inclusive drinks package can be pre-booked or added on board for £29 per person, per night. Find out more here


  • 10 night cruise aboard Balmoral in your chosen cabin
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, late night snacks, afternoon tea and 24-hour self-service tea/coffee
  • Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drink Party and Gala Buffet
  • A full programme of entertainment and use of the onboard leisure facilities
  • 2 full day shore excursions from Reykjavik
  • 4 full day knitting workshops and social knitting with expert Jane Crowfoot, kit included
  • The services of an experienced tour manager throughout
  • All on board gratuities


Optional excursions, lunch on Reykjavik excursion days, drinks, travel insurance.


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 - £50


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 largest of the ocean-going cruise ships in the Fred Olsen fleet, Balmoral has 710 well-appointed cabins and suites. She is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family and the Scottish theme runs throughout the main dining rooms – the Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey. The ship has a selection of comfortable lounges, bars and inviting public areas providing guests ample space in which to relax and share a memorable cruise experience with their fellow passengers. In addition, there are 2 show lounges, 2 swimming pools, 4 Jacuzzis, a fitness centre and Atlantis Spa. There are 3 boutique shops, a library, card room, laundry room, golf nets and gaming tables. The ship also has WIFI (payable).

All cabins come equipped with climate control, TV, desk, phone, mini fridge, hair dryer, tea and coffee making faciltiies.

Full cabin details are available here.