During this eight day trip to Iceland you’ll attend a four day knitting course taught in the Icelandic Country Hotel Fljótshlíđ, where the guests also get the opportunity to experience Icelandic Nature, learn about Icelandic Knitting traditions and enjoy excellent local food.
During the stay in Hotel Fljótshlíđ your hosts will be sure to alert you if northern lights can be seen in the clear winter sky as the hotel has a great location, far away from the lights of the city, for viewing the great northern lights.
For some diversity you’ll take adventurous super jeep day excursions to well-known sights around the Hotel such as highland oasis Ţórsmörk, which lies in the shadow of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. You visit the small Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Exhibition and see Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Last but not least you will see the Golden Circle with stops at the Geysers hot spring and the Gullfoss waterfall.
This tour is a co-operation between Hotel Fljótshlíđ, Culture and Craft, South Iceland Adventure and Esja Travel.
21 - 28 April 2017
5 - 12 May 2017
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Minumum number of participants 4
Maximum number of participants 8
Private departures can be arranged upon request. Please contact us for prices and further information.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Keflavík International Airport and transfer to your accommodation in Reykjavík. If you arrive early in the morning, Esja Travel will provide you with tips about handicraft stops and sightseeing around Reykjavík. Those interested can take a detour to the Blue Lagoon on the way into the city.
Welcoming dinner in the evening with your guide and knitting instructor, Ragnheiđur “Ragga” Jóhannsdóttir.
Day 2: The Golden Circle & Wellness
You meet Ragga at 8:30 in the hotel reception and we start the day by shopping for the knitting project in the shop of the Hand knitting Association of Iceland.
The next stop is at the national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site Ţingvellir. A walk through the rift valley is an introduction to both geology and Icelandic history, as this is where the parliament was founded in the year 930.
Our trip takes us to the village at Lake Laugarvatn, where we take a dip at the wonderful Fontana Spa, newly renovated facilities at the old steam baths on the lake side.
We’ll have lunch at Laugarvatn before continuing to the geysers to see the hot spring Strokkur erupting every 5 minutes or so. Afterwards we make our way to the well-known Gullfoss waterfall.
There is one more stop at Friđheimar greenhouses before we reach our hotel where we’ll see and learn about how the farmers use the geothermal power to heat up their greenhouses and grow delicious tomatoes using eco-friendly methods.
Arrival at Country Hotel Fljótshlíđ in the late afternoon. If there is time before the delicious dinner, we’ll start our knitting projects, otherwise we start after dinner.
Day 3: Knitting – An Easy Walk in the Farm’s Vicinity
We start the day with a hearty breakfast followed by a six hour knitting session, including coffee breaks and lunch.
In the afternoon we’ll join our hostess and hotel manager, Arndís Soffía Sigurđardóttir on an easy walk to the bed of the river Markarfljót with the well-known volcano Eyjafjallajökull towering above us. Arndís will explain how the eruption in 2010 effected the environment and the community.
In the afternoon we can get back to our knitting projects until dinner is served. Enthusiasts can of course knit after dinner.
Day 4: Adventurous Tour to Ţórsmörk
Again we get busy with knitting after breakfast. We knit until lunch, or for about three hours.
In the early afternoon the group gets picked up by a modified 4x4 vehicle, a so-called Super-Jeep, which will transport the group to the magnificent Ţórsmörk area, located in the nearby highland. The experienced guides will show you the great beauty and tranquillity of the area and you’ll enjoy victuals from the hotel on a picnic break.
After returning to our hotel we’ll have some free time and why not knit a bit more or perhaps take a walk before dinner is served?
If you still have energy left, you can of course knit after dinner.
Day 5: Waterfalls – Folk Museum – Volcano Exhibition - The Njála Tapestry
Breakfast is served as usually and afterwards we’ll knit for about three hours with a coffee break. After lunch we, again, join a guided tour. This time we’ll drive to the south coast and visit the tiny community Skógar.
At Skógar we stop at Skógarfoss waterfall. On our way back we’ll visit a Volcano exhibition at the farm Ţorvaldseyri and see a short film about the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.
In Hvolsvöllur village we’ll stop by the Saga Centre dedicated to the Icelandic Saga Njála. Here we’ll take a look at the on-going project of sewing the Njál’s Saga Tapestry. Those interested can participate by sewing a few stiches of refilsaumur (refilstitch), a special type of stitch that was used in the Viking age.
Back at Hotel Fljótshlíđ we’ll meet for a three course farewell dinner. Knitting after dinner is of course an option.
Day 6: Álafoss wool centre – Reykjavik
After breakfast we sit down for the last knitting session. We have lunch before we leave our hosts at the Country Hotel Fljótshlíđ.
Next stop is in the small village Mosfellsbćr, where we stop by another wool centre, Álafoss. Álafoss was established in the late 19th century and marked the true beginning of Iceland’s wool industry. You can find a good selection of almost any wool product you can think of as well as experience Iceland’s industrial history by viewing an exhibition of old knitting machinery and photographs from the early days.
Check in at a hotel in Reykjavík in the afternoon.
Day 7: Reykjavík
We meet up with Ragga at 9:45 am in the hotel reception for a visit to the National Museum. Ragga guides us through the standard exhibition focusing on the history of handicrafts in Iceland from settlement times until recent days.
Afterwards we go to the Hallgrímskirkja church for a short visit before we enjoy a delicious lunch at a small local café, focusing on Icelandic specialities. From here we’ll take a stroll down the shopping street Skólavörđustígur, where we find small boutiques, where Icelandic designers sell their clothes and products. You might also be interested in stopping by the small shop run by the Icelandic Handknitting Association. The last stop is at the shop Kirsuberjatréđ, run by a group of 11 women, all coming from very diverse background and fields. Their different approach to creativity makes the store a unique blend of styles that manifests itself as a united creative front at the top of the world. Here we say goodbye to Ragga however you are now very close to the old harbour, an area full of life and restaurants, also well worth a visit.
Day 8: Departure
Airport transfer and return flight. If your flight is in the afternoon, you‘ll get tips for activities and worthwhile sights in Reykjavík. We can also recommend tours and activities if you prolong your stay. Further information available on request from your Esja Travel specialist.
Price per person sharing a double room EUR 4.375
Price per person in a single room EUR 3.985
- 7 nights including breakfast, rooms with private facilities.
- Full board from dinner on day one to lunch on day five.
- Knitting Course as described and guidance by Ragnheiđur Jóhannsdóttir.
- Airport transfers.
- Bus transfers on day two, five, six and seven.
- Guided Super-Jeep Tour to Ţórsmörk on day four.
- Entrance fees:
- Fontana Spa including a towel.
- Volcano Exhibition at the farm Ţorvaldseyri.
- The Icelandic Saga Centre.
- The National Museum in Reykjavík.
- Lodging Tax and Visitors fees.
Esja Travel supports - the Icelandic Environment Association Landvernd with a EUR 5 donation for every traveller booked on a package tour.
Ragnheiđur Jóhannsdóttir “Ragga” is a qualified craft teacher and through her studies she has learned about the quality of handicraft and how to make changes to patterns, form and shapes of clothes. She has also qualified as a teacher for children with special needs. Through the years she has attended many courses and learned, among other things how to make silver jewellery, leather work, glass art, calligraphy and wood carving. She has specialised in how wool and wool processing has evolved over the years and focused on the history of Icelandic lopapeysa sweater design.
She has designed and sold her handknitted and felted Elf-shoes “Álfaskór”. In 1996 Ragga knitted an Icelandic lopapeysa sweater for herself that she will proudly show you when you arrive, it has aged well.
What she enjoys most is to teach new skills and show how you can use your knowledge for further development. She is very excited to share her knitting knowledge with you and loves to work with the Icelandic wool.
You choose a knitting project prior to your arrival and we have everything you need ready in a kit for you upon arrival. If you like we can include knitting needles or you can take your own with you.
Hótel Fljótshlíđ is an Icelandic Country Hotel located at the horse and cattle farm Smáratún near Hvolsvöllur village in South Iceland. From the hotel you‘ll have a great view to the Volcano Eyjafjallajökull, to the Highland area Ţórsmörk and towards the Westmann Islands of the South Coast of Iceland.
The hotel has 14 large rooms with private facilities, heated floors and all modern conveniences. The breakfast buffet is served in the hotel restaurant and the guests have access to WiFi and a hot tub.
The fully licenced hotel restaurant is called The Barn as it is built where the old barn stood. The resident chef, Ívar Ţormarsson, graduated with special honours from the Kópavogur Culinary School in 2002 and his last post before joining the team of Hotel Fljótshlíđ was a well-known Icelandic organic restaurant. He emphasises on local food and the beef served at the restaurant is bred in Smáratún.