KNITTING CIRCLE IN WEST ICELAND
West Iceland is the perfect destination for knitting, because of the long-established knitting tradition in the area. This and along with sightseeing in the beautiful nature of West Iceland, is a perfect combination and shows what West Iceland has to offer which will make this trip an unforgettable experience. On a clear winter evening you might also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the magnificent northern lights.
Day one: Arrival to Iceland – Transfer to Borgarnes
Pick up at Keflavík Airport in the afternoon and transfer to your guesthouse, Borgarnes B&B. Dinner at the guesthouse upon arrival followed by an introduction meeting with our knitting instructor, Ragga.
Day two: Dyeing Workshop
After breakfast we have our first knitting workshop with Ragga. We have lunch at the guesthouse, before we take off to Hvanneyri village, where we visit botanist and dyer Guðrún Bjarnadóttir at her shop Hespuhúsið. We learn about the coloring of yarn with dye made of Icelandic plants and lichens during a workshop that takes the whole afternoon. Dinner at the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, where we learn about the Icelandic Sagas and settlement of Iceland.
Day three: Wool Centre – Goats – Farmer’s Market
We continue knitting with Ragga. After lunch we’ll take a sightseeing tour in the Borgarfjörður fjord area, visiting Ullarselið Wool Centre and the Icelandic Goat Centre at the farm Háafell, where we will enjoy coffee and Icelandic pancakes, made of goat milk. Before returning to our guesthouse we visit the Ljómalind farmers market, where local handicrafts are offered and we have the opportunity to taste some products from local farmers. Dinner at the Borgarnes B&B.
Day four: Spinning Workshop
Today we have a whole day of knitting at the guesthouse. A good guest, Rita from the farm Grenigerði, will be with us today for a spinning workshop, for those who are interested. On our last evening together we have dinner at Edda´s World, where we have the possibility to visit to the exhibition of Norse mythology (optional). At Edda´s World we can also visit some crafters and see them at work in their studios.
Day five: Departure
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Iceland Winter Break, Winter in West Iceland, is a cooperative project in West Iceland, spearheaded by the West Iceland Marketing Office, that aims to show travelers everything the area has to offer during winter.
Hespuhúsið (The Yarn house) is an open plant dye studio where people can visit, see the dye pots and get information about the old coloring traditions. In Hespuhúsið you can also buy plant dyed yarn and yarn kits for various projects with patterns in Icelandic, English, German and French.
For centuries Hvanneyri has been a chuch centre and a small comunity of 250 inhabitants formed around agricultural organizations. The main one is the Agricultural Universtity, which traces its roots back to 1889.
The little church now standing in Hvanneyri was built in 1905.
Borgarnes lies in the middle of West Iceland about 75 km from Reykjavík City Centre.
In Borgarnes you can create an unforgettable holiday: breakfast and a beautiful view at Geirabakarí, Relaxing in the Skallagrímsgarður public Park, Visiting the bird and photography exhibition at the Borgarfjörður Museum, watching the saga exhibits at the Settlement Centre. hiking in Einkunnir Country Park or climbing the Hafnarfjall mountain. Shopping in the local stores, take a dive at the Borgarnes Swimming Pool, eating delicious meal made from local products in the restaurants, and resting in one of the town's hotel, guesthouse, or B&Bs.
And don't forget to take a walk along the beach or stop at the playground Bjössaróló were children of all ages can play for hours.
Borgarnes and the surrounding Borgarfjörður region can be regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. The area's landscape, nature and culture reflect this heritage and bring history to life