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The Yarn House

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.

Open June 1st - August 31st from 12:00 to 18:00 and upon request.

The Yarn House

Hespuhúsið við Andakílsárvirkjun

GPS Points N64° 32' 23.419" W21° 41' 51.166"
Telephone

865-2910

Opening period 01/06 - 31/08
Categories Crafts & Design

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