Wool and Waterfalls 2017 – Registration Closed

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Knitting Festival in Iceland

 

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Join with us in traveling to the source of some of your favorite yarn to explore this land of sheep, sweaters, volcanoes, glaciers and, of course, Wool & Waterfalls!  In addition to the usual stunning scenery and wooly endeavors, we will have a workshop with Einrum Yarn and attend the Prjónagleði knitting festival.  Along the way, we will seek out hot springs at every opportunity, so keep your bathing suit handy!  Come and see the land of contrasts that inspire the Lopi sweater patterns we know and love while enjoying a local knitting festival in Iceland! 

Day By Day Itinerary:

June 3 – Depart for Iceland (Overnight Flight)

 

Day 1 – Sunday, June 4     

We will arrive at Keflavik Airport, have breakfast, and be transported to the Laugarvatn Fontana Nature Baths for a few hours of relaxation in the hot springs and saunas, lunch, and a visit to their Geothermal bakery.  (Have your bathing suits handy!) From there we will proceed to our apartments at the luxurious Grimsborgir Hotel.  Since we will be sharing 2-4 bedroom apartments, we will have our own private spaces and hot tubs where we can spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing, knitting, and getting to know each other.  Dinner will be on our own at the hotel restaurant.

resized-nature-pool

Day 2 – Monday, June 5

Today we will explore Southern Iceland, visiting waterfalls, Thingborg Wool Center, and The Saga Center.  At the Saga Center, you will have the opportunity to contribute some stitches to the Njall’s Saga Tapestry, which will be the longest tapestry in the world when it is completed.  We will have lunch in their great hall, and also visit the exhibition explaining the story of Njall’s Saga with wax figures.  When we return to Grimsborgir, we will have a knitting workshop with Einrum yarns designer Kristin Brynja to get us started on our own fairy crowns from their lovely yarn which combines lopi wool and thai silk.  We will all have dinner together following the workshop.

Day 3 – Tuesday, June 6

On our way north today, we will stop in Alafoss for a tour of the Istex factory – home of the Lopi yarn we know and love.  A few other surprise stops along the way to explore the landscape will bring us to the beautiful seaside town of Siglufjörður, where we will check into the Siglo Hotel.  Dinner will be on your own in Siglufjörður.

Day 4 – Wednesday, June 7

Today is the only day that breakfast is not included, but you may choose from a full breakfast at the hotel, or a trip down the street to a wonderful little bakery.  We will have a leisurely morning before embarking on our way to Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland.  This charming “city” feels very European and has pleasant pedestrian streets to explore in search of lunch and souvenirs.  Our next stop will be the powerful waterfall of Godafoss, then on to the harbor town of Husavik, where we will check into our guesthouse.  Like in Grimsborgir, the bathrooms will be shared, but we will have the whole house to ourselves.  While in Husavik, you will have the opportunity to go on a Whale and Puffin cruise!  Dinner is on your own in Husavik.

Day 5 – Thursday, June 8

This area of North Iceland is famous for its geothermal activity and strange volcanic landscapes.  Myvatn will be our focus for the day, from crater lakes and bubbling pools of sulfurous water to strange lava formations.  Lunch will be at Vogafjos Cowshed Café, where you can either gaze out the window at the wonders of Lake Myvatn and its astonishing bird life or watch the cows being milked before you enjoy the homemade ice cream for dessert!  Of course, we will stop for a couple of hours to enjoy the Myvatn Nature Baths with beautiful views over the valley.  When we return to Husavik, dinner will be on your own.  After dinner, feel free to join in a knit night with local knitters.

Day 6 – Friday, June 9

As we travel around Iceland, you will see sheep and horses everywhere, but this morning you will have the opportunity to meet some Icelandic horses up close and personal. 

After horsing around (did I really just write that?) we will head back west toward Blonduous where we will check into our hotel and have some time to enjoy the local pool before we attend the opening event of the Prjónagleði knitting festival.  Pools are extremely important to Icelandic society and for many a visit to the pool is a daily ritual since they are geothermally heated year round.  Dinner will be together at the Festival Opening Event.

Day 7 –  Saturday, June 10

The morning will be spent enjoying the knitting festival, and if there is an afternoon workshop that you just can’t miss, you may stay for the whole day.  This is a small local festival, however, and just in case it does not have enough to capture your attention for the whole day, there will be an excursion to drive around a nearby peninsula to see some stunning scenery, visit a seal colony, and have dinner in a nearby restaurant.

Alafoss Yarn

Day 8 – Sunday, June 11

Today will be a bit flexible since we will wait to finalize plans until the knitting festival schedule is posted.  Ultimately, however, we will be making our way south towards Reykjavik today.  Along the way we will stop at Hespa Yarns, where Gudrun Bjarnasdottir will give us a yarn dying demonstration in her studio.  We will be staying just outside Reykjavik at Hilð, a collection of replica fisherman’s cottages by the sea.  Dinner will be together.

Day 9 – Monday, June 12

Reykjavik here we come!  After a relaxing morning by the sea, we will have some free time in Reykjavik, coming together to visit Helene Magnussen’s studio, visit the Handknitting Association, and have a farewell dinner before returning to Hilð.

Day 10 – Tuesday, June 13

Alas, we have reached the end, and will return this morning to Keflavik airport for our flights home.

Optional Extensions Available:

Extensions are available for those wishing to arrive early or stay later to explore more of Iceland on their own.  Please note on the registration form if you are interested.

Wool and Waterfalls Total Cost: $4600.00*

*Discount of 3% when paid in full with check or bank transfer upon booking.

Optional Extras Include: Single Supplements and Custom Airfare

Optional Extensions Available:

Extensions are available for those wishing to arrive early or stay later to explore more of Iceland on their own.  Please note on the registration form if you are interested.

Included in Package Price

  • International Airfare from Boston or New York
  • 2 nights accommodation in Grimsborgir Hotel Aparments
  • 1 night accommodation at Sligo Hotel in Siglufordur
  • 2 nights accommodation at Arbol Guesthouse in Husavik
  • 2 nights accommodation at Blonda Hotel in Blonduos
  • 2 nights accommodation at Hilð, just outside of Reykjavik
  • 8 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Einrum Knitting Workshop
  • Prjónagleði knitting festival
  • Entrance fees to The Saga Center, The Settlement Center, Glaumbaer Open Air Museum, Textile Museum and Laugarvatn Fontana Baths and Myvatn Nature Baths, including towel rental
  • All Transportation with local English speaking guide

 Not included in Package Price

  • Custom Airfare
  • Optional Activities
  • Alcoholic drinks and personal items
  • Yarn!

This group is limited to 14-16 participants to ensure a small group experience. Rowan Tree Travel has purchased a Group Protection Plan on behalf of all participants.*

*The Group Protection Plan may not apply to participants who are not US Citizens.  Please enquire for details.

To register, please contract Heather Radl via email to heather@rowantreetravel.com. 

This trip needs at least 14 participants in order to proceed.  Please refer to the Group Protection Plan Document for cancellation coverage.  All cancellations should be communicated as soon as possible via email to heather@rowantreetravel.com

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