Knitting in West Iceland

DAY 1 :Knitting is very popular in Iceland, you see people in hand knitted Icelandic sweaters everywhere and knitting clubs can be found all over the country.

Knitting in West Iceland

DAY 1 : Icelandic sheep have always been bred in a variety of colours, and some farmers even pride themselves on preserving specific colours. This, of course, means that Icelandic wool comes in as many colours as there are sheep.

Knitting in West Iceland

Not only does Icelandic wool keep you warm, but as an added bonus, it looks pretty darn good as well.

Knitting in West Iceland

Lopi is popular for knitting because of the dual-fibre structure that makes lopi garments warm, waterproof and light. Whether you intend to make a hat, scarf or the famous Icelandic lopapeysa, Icelandic wool is easy to knit with, light and makes a beautiful fabric.

Knitting in West Iceland

Knitting is very popular in Iceland, you see people in hand knitted Icelandic sweaters everywhere and knitting clubs can be found all over the country. West Iceland is the perfect destination for knitting, because of the long-established knitting tradition in the area. This, in combination with sightseeing in the beautiful nature West Iceland has to offer 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.

Besides knitting, we will explore the beautiful nature West Iceland has to offer and visit interesting places, mostly related to the Icelandic wool. We will learn about the colouring of yarn with dye made of Icelandic plants, have a workshop in spinning wool and learn about the Icelandic goat and wool from the goats. We also visit a farmer’s market and taste products from local farmers. Furthermore, we will learn about the settlement of Iceland and the Sagas at the Settlement Centre.

Use your free time to take a stroll around the town of Borgarnes, visit the outdoor swimming pool with its steam bath and hot tubs, and take a look around in the (small) shopping centre and the local yarn shop!

 Knitting West




  • 4x nights at hotel in Borgarnes, rooms with private facilities.
  • Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day 5.
  • Day tours and visits as described in itinerary.
  • Knitting instructor and guest instructors.
  • Activities and entrance fees:
  •   - Settlement Centre in Borgarnes.
  •   - Bjarteyjarsandur farm.
  •   - Goat Centre at the farm Háafell.
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7 while traveling in Iceland.
  • All taxes and service fees.
  • Minimum participants 2, maximum 8.



Consider prolonging your stay with an extra night in Reykjavík. You'll get tips for activities and worthwile sights in the vicinity of Reykjavík from your Esja Travel specialist. 


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Day 1: Meet & Greet with Ragga knitting instructor - transfer to Borgarnes

Pick up at hotel in Reykjavik for transfer to your hotel in Borgarnes. On route we visit Bjarteyjarsandur farm and learn the basics about the Icelandic wool.

Day 2: Knitting with Ragga

Today we have a full day of knitting with Ragga at our hotel in Borgarnes. In the afternoon we walk over to the Settlement Centre where we learn about the Icelandic Sagas and settlement of Iceland. Dinner at restaurant.

Day 3: Icelandic Goats – Spinning wool – Farmer’s Market

Morning knitting session at hotel with Ragga. Afternoon visit to Rita in Grenigerði farm for an introduction into spinning yarn. We visit also the Icelandic Goat Centre at Háafell farm, where we enjoy coffee and Icelandic pancakes, made from goat milk.

Day 4: Dyeing yarn

Morning knitting session at hotel with Ragga. Afternoon tour to Hvanneyri where we visit botanist and dyer Guðrún Bjarnadóttir at her shop Hespuhúsið. We learn about the colouring of yarn with dye made of Icelandic plants and lichens. Before we return to Borgarnes we visit Ullarselið wool centre.

Day 5: Knitting with Ragga - transfer to Reykjavík

Morning session with Ragga. Afternoon transfer from Borgarnes to Reykjavík.


The Instructors:

Ragnheiður 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.

Guðrún Bjarnadóttir - Nature scientist, teacher and sperm analyst at the Iceland Bull Centre

She teaches botany at the Agricultural University of Iceland at Hvanneyri. And she spends most of her spare time collecting plants and colouring yarn. She also makes her own yarn from the Icelandic wool. Plants, knitting and Icelandic nature are her favorite things and she says she is very grateful to be able to combine this all in her work. In her home in Borgarfjörður she has an open workshop where she shows traditional methods of colouring yarn form Icelandic plants or lichens and many other things.

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5 days / 4 nights