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Knitting on ice - IK07

Craft, Glacier and Hot Springs!

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Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson
Photo: Héléne Magnusson




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Adult: 256000

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Departures: 24–30 October & 5-11 November

Duration: 7 days

Group size: 6 to 12 participants

Note: The hike is about 5 km on uneven terrain, 200 m ascent/descent.

  • Tour Description

    Knitting tour in the Natural Wonders of the Icelandic Countryside: glacier walk, hot springs, Northern lights

    This 7 day long knitting tour is a magical combination of Icelandic knitting, enigmatic nature and delicate autumn colours. It takes us on a glacier walk at Sólheimajökull Glacier, which gives us the opportunity to knit on the ice! Away from the city lights, we will hopefully spot the magical Northern lights and one of the most expansive views of Iceland. We will also hike in the Smokey Valley made of hot springs and solfatares and dip ourselves in a hot geothermal river. All the way, Hélène will give us an insight into the Icelandic knitting tradition with focus on a very useful item at this time of year: the Icelandic lopi yoke sweater – lopapeysa - and we’ll learn new and old techniques. Accommodation in a picturesque country guesthouse with grassroof and many sheep. Sleeping bag accommodations. Comfortable guesthouse with dressed beds in Reykjavík.

    Bring your companion with you! Non-knitters are most welcome and will be able to take short walks or go horseback riding on the premises during the knitting workshops.

    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

    Single supplement: 15.500 ISK - only available in Reykjavík

    Included in price:

    • 1 guide/knitting instructor
    • 4 nights in a picturesque country guesthouse, sleeping bag accommodations, shared facilities, full board.
    • 2 nights at a guesthouse in Reykjavík, dressed beds, shared facilities and breakfast included.
    • Full board from day 2 to day 5, breakfast and lunch on day 6, breakfast on day 7.
    • All transfers as per itinerary, knitting as per itinerary
    • Yarn for knitting samples during the workshops.
    • A cook who prepares all meals during the trip.
    • Participants ́ help with washing dishes is highly

    Not included in price: flights to and from Keflavík International

    Possibility to rent a sleeping bag: ask us for a quotation.

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: 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: In the morning, we set out on an excursion into the Icelandic landscape with a glacier walk on Sólheimajökull Glacier. At the glacier we will meet an experienced glacier guide who will take us on a safe and easy glacier walk on crampons up and onto the ice field. As we explore the wonderland of ice sculptures and deep crevasses, we learn about these disappearing natural wonders and take a knitting break! In the afternoon we head for the country farm where we will spend the next 4 nights. Picnic lunch enroute and dinner on the premises.

    Day 3: Today, we will start our knitting workshop with Hélène: the beautiful glacier and earth colors we’ve seen the previous days will inspire us to choose our colors. In the afternoon, we will enjoy some free time that we can use for walking around in the surroundings, petting the animals or going horseback riding on the premises or simply knitting in peace. In the evening we should be on the lookout for the Northern Lights. Picnic Lunch and dinner on premises.

    Day 4: We will hike into the magical landscapes of steaming hot springs and bubbling solfatares and even dip into a natural geothermal river to warm us up! We will visit the Thingborg Wool Centre: a knitter’s paradise filled with handspun and hand dyed yarns, and the softest lopi yarn in Iceland, produced by local women with specially selected lamb’s wool. It’s a good time to buy yarn for our sweaters! Picnic Lunch enroute and dinner on premises.

    Day 5: Today we stay at the farm and continue our inspiring workshops with Héléne. Just like the day before yesterday, we have the possibility of walking around, visiting the sheep, going horseback riding if weather allows. Lunch and delicious dinner on premises.

    Day 6: Today we set out for Reykjavík visiting en route the Icelandic Turf House. Here you get the chance to rest and knit at an authentic turf farm and to learn more about Icelander‘s Old ways of life. When in Reykjavík we will drop by at Amma Mús, a beautiful yarn shop, before checking in at our guesthouse located downtown Reykjavík. Farewell gathering at Hélène’s workspace and free evening in Reykjavík.

    Day 7: Departure.

  • Equipment List

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

    • Light Hiking Boots – The boots should be comfortable to walk in and give sufficient support.
    • Long sleeve shirt and leggings (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic (1st layer)
    • Warm wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
    • Rain Jacket or an Anorak with hood – Preferably waterproof and breathable material (Gore-Tex or equivalents).
    • 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.
    • Indoor slippers (in the farm guesthouse)

    Other gear:

    • Sleeping bag – Down or fibre. Aim for light weight and warm bags. Possibility to rent a sleeping bag: contact
    • A small backpack for extra clothes and knitting for day excursions.
    • Swimsuit
    • Towel
    • Toothbrush.
    • Sunglasses – Big enough to cover the eyes and with sufficient UV-protection.
    • Water container – Pet plastic bottle.
    • Ear plugs.
    • Warm inner slippers.

    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: please make sure to bring your knitting equipment for the workshops - the yarn is supplied to knit the doll size sweater.

    • 4,5 mm /US 6 needles (circular using Magic loop or DPN’s), 1 circular needle of same size or smaller size, darning needle, crochet hook 3 mm/ US D3, needle and thread, scissors, markers, 4 little safety pins or stitch holders.
    • Any extra knitting equipment such as sets of needles in different sizes (4,5 and 5 mm / US 7,8 are common sizes for Léttlopi sweaters), tape measure, pocket calculator, ...
  • 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

    Workshops: The Icelandic lopi sweater

    A bit of history: the emergence of the lopi sweater: Hélène will tell us about the rich Icelandic tradition and especially the lopapeysa, the Icelandic lopi yoke sweater that has become the most prominent representation of Icelandic knitting today. It is however a fairly recent invention probably dating back to the 50’s and that became immensely popular in the 70’s. Hélène will show us a few genuine samples and will share with us stories from elderly knitters she has been interviewing in the past years.

    Lopi wool workshop: Hélène will tell us about the Icelandic wool and the genesis of the famous unspun lopi and we will experience the feeling of knitting with this highly breakable yarn.

    Icelandic lopi sweater workshop: We will knit a doll size traditional sweater with all the elements of an adult one. Special attention will be given to the color yoke to ensure a good fit.

    Shaping your lopi sweater workshop: The Icelandic lopapeysa is traditionally fairly square in shape and has no front or back. We will see many different ways to create a scooped neckline and to add shaping to the sweater for a better and more refined fit, both for women and men, as well as how to alter existing patterns. We will also discover an Old method allowing to conveniently knit the sleeves from the top down while achieving a perfect fit.

    Steeking your lopi sweater workshop: Lopi sweaters are always knit in the round then simply steek (cut into the finished knitting) to make them into cardigans. 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, such as the crochet steek.

    Finishing your lopi sweater: “The knitting is only half the work” said grand-mother Olga Hallgrímsdóttir. Finishing a garnment is just as important and time- consuming. We will see different ways to finish our steeks once cut, how to make a crochet edging, knit vertical or horizontal buttonbands, sew in a zipper, and how to care for your brand new lopi sweater.

    Knitting equipment:

    • Please make sure to bring your knitting equipment for the workshops 
    • - the yarn is supplied to knit the doll size sweater. 
    • 4,5 mm /US 6 needles (circular using Magic loop or DPN’s), 
    • 1 circular needle of same size or smaller size. 
    • Darning needle. 
    • Crochet hook 3 mm/ US D3. 
    • Needle and thread, scissors, markers, 4 little safety pins or stitch holders.

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  • Departure Dates
    Tour Dates Availability  
    24.10 - 30.10 2018 Confirmed Departure Select
    05.11 - 11.11 2018 Confirmed Departure Select

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