Knitting and Hiking under the Midnight Sun - IK04

Inspiring workshops, Breathtaking nature!

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Adult: 296900

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Departures: 14-21 June

Duration: 8 days

Group size: 6 to 12 participants

Note: Tour is operated mainly in English but Hélène is fluent in French

  • Tour Description

    An Exciting and Active Knitting Tour in the North of Iceland

    This 8-day tour takes you to the incredible mountain range of Tröllaskagi – the peninsula of the Trolls – in the North of Iceland. In June, it’s daylight all night long so we shall not fear the trolls but enjoy very long hours to explore the beautiful outdoors of the mountain landscapes and to listen to Hélène sharing her knowledge about Icelandic knitting heritage with focus on the traditional mittens. During the tour we will knit a pair of mittens with Grýla*, the most famous Icelandic trolless known for eating naughty children at Christmas... We will also visit local craftsmen in the area, the Tannery centre in Skagafjörður and the Textile Museum in Blönduós, as well as meet with local spinners and dyers in the Borgarfjörður region. Accommodation in picturesque country guesthouse and farm. Sleeping bag accommodation. Comfortable guesthouse with dressed beds in Reykjavík. This truly is an adventurous and active trip that intertwines hiking and staying outdoors with the old craft of knitting.

    *Grýla is also the name of an Icelandic yarn perfect for mittens


    14 – 21 June

    Tours are operated mainly in English but Hélène is bilingual in French. 

    A lexical of knitting terms in German/English/French/Icelandic is available during the tour

    Price: 296.900 ISK per person

    Not included in price: flights to and from Keflavík International airport

    Single supplement (only available in Reykjavík): 15.500 ISK (limited availability)

    Group size: 6 - 12 

    Included in price:

    • 1 guide/knitting instructor.
    • 2 nights at a guesthouse in Reykjavík, dressed beds, shared facilities.
    • 4 nights at a country guesthouse, sleeping bag accommodations.
    • 1 night at a country farm, sleeping bag accommodations. 
    • Full board from day 2 till lunch day 7, breakfast on day 8.
    • All transfers as per itinerary, knitting as per itinerary.
    • Yarn for knitting little samples during the workshops.
    • A cook who will prepare all meals during the tour.

    Participants´ help with washing dishes is highly appreciated.

    *Upon booking, and in order to make the hikes enjoyable, please make sure you are familiar with the day-to-day itinerary, the ascents/descents and the number of km/miles walked per day, as well as the list of clothing and walking gear to bring (equipment list).

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1 (June 14): Knitters arrive to Iceland from all over the world at various time during the day. Night at a guesthouse in Reykjavík close to the Icelandic Handknitting Association of Iceland, full of lopi sweaters and wool.

    Day 2 (June 15): In the morning, we set out for a knitting adventure and head north to the wondrous mountain range of Tröllaskagi or the peninsula of the Trolls. Our destination is a picturesque country guesthouse, located outside Dalvík village in an idyllic valley with views of the grand peaks. Here we will stay for the next 4 nights. Picnic lunch enroute and dinner on the premises.

    Day 3 (June 16): This day will be spent knitting and exploring the mountain range of the Trollpeninsula by following one of the many interesting hiking trails. Picnic lunch while hiking and dinner on the premises. Relaxing time in the sauna!  

    Day 4 (June 17): Today we continue exploring the area around, visit the animals and little lambs and join in on an interesting knitting workshop with Hélène. Maybe one of the local knitters come and joins us for coffee. Picnic lunch while hiking and dinner on the premises.   

    Day 5 (June 18): This will be our last day hiking and knitting with the trolls, the lambs, and enjoying the sauna and the company of our hostess! Picnic lunch while hiking and dinner on the premises.    

    Day 6 (June 19): After three whole days in the idyllic landscapes of the Trollpeninsula we will continue our journey and explore more of the enchanting north Iceland. Our bus will take us to the fjord of Skagarfjörður where we will pay a visit to the Tannery Centre, as well as to the Textile Museum in Blönduós. We will end our day at a charming farm where we will spend the night. Picnic lunch enroute and dinner on the premises.   

    Day 7 (June 20): Now is time to say goodbye to the beautiful North and head back to Reykjavík. En route we will stop at various places that are of interest to all knitters and wool lovers and where we will be able to shop for delicious plant dyed and hand spun yarns. Picnic lunch enroute and a night at same guesthouse in Reykjavík. Farewell gathering at Hélène’s workspace and free evening in the city.

    Day 8 (June 21): Departure. 

  • Equipment List

    Boots and Clothing – an opportunity to show off your beautiful handknits:

    • Hiking Boots – The boots should be of leather (or leather and synthetic) with high cut to give sufficient ankle support. Preferably the sole should be soft but robust.
    • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
    • Warm wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
    • Rain Jacket or an Anorak with hood – Preferably waterproof and breathable material (Gore-Tex or equivalents).
    • Hiking pants.
    • Rain trousers – Waterproof and breathable material.
    • Liner Gloves – Wool or synthetic (polypropylene / polyester).
    • Mittens – Wool or synthetic (optionally waterproof)
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs.
    • Hat or Balaclava – Wool or synthetic.

    Other gear:

    • Sleeping bag – Down or fibre. Aim for light weight and warm bags. We recommend goose down with high “fill power” or top of the line synthetic bags.
    • Backpack for extra clothes and food for day hikes. Size: 30-50 litres.
    • A duffel bag for your baggage
    • Swimsuit
    • Towel
    • Toothbrush.
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun protection.
    • Water container – Pet plastic bottle.

    Optional gear:

    • Walking poles.
    • Gaiters – Calf or knee height and wide enough for your boots.
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.

    Knitting equipment:

    • Needles 2,5 mm and 3 mm /US 1 and 4 (for the mittens) and 4,5 mm/US 6 (for the steek) – either circular needles using Magic loop or set of 5 DPN’s
    • Small safety pins, sharp tapestry needle, darning needle, thread and needle, markers, safety pins, scissors.
  • Hélène

    Hélène Magnússon is an Icelandic knit designer who believes that the best way to preserve Icelandic traditions is to continue using them, giving them new life. She has adapted these traditions in knitting patterns and has published numerous magazine articles capturing the spirit and the rich history of Icelandic knitting. She has authored two important books about Icelandic knitting, translated in many languages: Icelandic Color Knitting: using rose-patterns brought back to life the unique Icelandic intarsia as seen in old shoe-inserts and Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom projects and techniques gives an overview of the various knitting traditions in the 19th century and beginning of 20th century. She has also published numerous magazine articles capturing the spirit and the rich history of Icelandic knitting. With the Old Icelandic handspun yarns in mind, Hélène recently developed a range of extra-soft authentic Icelandic lace yarns, Love Story, Gilitrutt and Grýla, made of pure Icelandic lambswool that she hand selects from Icelandic farmers for its softness. 

    Hélène began her professional life as a lawyer in Paris before she made a complete life change and moved to Iceland, where she studied textile and fashion at Iceland Academy of the Arts. She worked as a hired girl in a sheep farm, as a chef in a popular restaurant of Reykjavik and as a mountain guide for many years. The varied skills she learned in those early years richly inform the amazing hiking and knitting tours she now passionately guides. Icelandic Mountain Guides are glad to have Hélène back in the touring world and are proud to offer the novelty of knitting tours, diversifying the selection of available tours and travel opportunities! The tours attract knitters from all over the world, including native Icelanders, for an unforgettable experience where Icelandic traditions and culture, breathtaking nature and master knitting workshops, perfectly balance one another.

  • Workshops

    Traditional Icelandic mittens 

    Traditional Icelandic knitting: Hélène will tell us about the Icelandic knitting heritage and the many projects featured in her book “Icelandic Handknits”, inspired by the artefacts in the textile Museum in Blönduós that we will visit a the end of the tour. 

    Icelandic wool workshop: Hélène will tell us about the genesis of the famous unspun lopi and we will experience the feeling of knitting with this highly breakable yarn. We will also learned about the different qualities of yarn available today in Iceland. We will knit a little sample in the round, later used for steeking. 

    The traditional Icelandic steek and beyond: Almost everything in Iceland is knitted in the round then simply steeked (cut into the finished knitting). Typically, an Icelandic knitter would much rather steek a garment than bother working it back and forth and purling, especially if colorwork is involved. We will try our hands at the traditional ways and compare them with other methods. It’s not very useful for mittens but it’s a goo skill to know to continue knitting Icelandic! 

    Traditional mittens workshop: Hélène will tell us about the many different types of mittens in Iceland. Specific motifs and patterns may originate from an area of the country or even from a particular village or family:  Leaf mittens from the Westfjords, embroidered mittens, stranded mittens, Nordic-style mitten, lace mittens. We will go through the main constructions and characteristics seen in the Icelandic mittens and learn all sorts of neat shaping and finishing.

    During the tour, we will knit a pair of fine mittens from the Grýla collection.* 

    Knitting equipment: please make sure to bring the following equipment for the workshops:

    Needles 2,5 mm and 3 mm /US 1 and 4 (for the mittens) and 4,5 mm/US 6 (for the steek) – either circular needles using Magic loop or set of 5 DPN’s

    Small safety pins, sharp tapestry needle, darning needle, thread and needle, markers, safety pins, scissors. 

    *The yarn to knit the technical samples is provided as well as a Grýla mittens KIT (participants will be able to make their choice among different designs before the tour starts).


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