When women gather, magic happens. Join us for a knitting tour in Iceland!! Embark on a learning journey through rural north west Iceland that stitches together knitting workshops, with cultural experiences, and stories about Norse mythology.
During the knitting tour, you will have daily knitting workshops led by your instructor Bergrós Kjartansdóttir. Bergrós is known all over Iceland for her beautiful knitting designs and we are excited to share a week learning from her while we knit and explore north west Iceland.
Bergrós will give you her beautiful knitting book, Shawls of Myth & Magic that is an ode to Icelandic wool, Icelandic nature and Norse mythology. From that book you will knit the shawl called SEIÐUR, or the sorcerer. In Norse mythology, women weavers were sorcerers called seeress, and through magic could obtain knowledge of the future of natural phenomena, and the fates of people. Bergrós will help you create your own beautiful SEIÐUR shawl, and between stitches entertain you with stories from her book, and personal journey as designer, artist, and author.
When not under the guiding eye of Bergrós in our knitting circle, she and your local guide Inga will lead you on fun and informative field trips to in the countryside. Where visits to local farms, museums, and interactions with inspiring local women will give participants insight about Icelandic sheep, sheep farms, and wool production. Through Informal discussions with inspiring Icelandic women, and educational exhibits, participants will learn how women have been the foundation of Icelandic culture, and instrumental to the survival the nation through their contributions in sheep farming and textile production for more than a century.
In the evenings we have time to sit around, enjoy each other's company share our stories, knit our own things, or simply keep working on the knitting we are working on from Bergrós workshops.
Iceland is an enchanting place where double rainbows end at the base of towering waterfalls, roads are built around elf communities, and geysers spray out from bubbling interplanetary landscapes. The countryside is dotted with charming farms whose sheep roam free during the summer months and Icelandic horses frolic in golden pastures.
The timing of this retreat is no coincidence. September brings réttir—the nationwide roundup where people on foot, ATVs, and horses retrieve their flocks from the mountains and valleys, aided by eager sheepdogs. It is a huge community event, and a countrywide party that you can be part of!
This retreat is in partnership with our friends at Becoming an Outdoors-Woman. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is a non-profit, educational program offering hands-on workshops to adult women. BOW encourages a supportive environment conducive to learning, making friends, and having fun. No experience is necessary and BOW is for women of all ages and fitness levels.
Ages: Women 18-88 and beyond.
Basic skills knitting using the garter stitch
Any women who is interested in:
Package Price $5595
Deposit Due Date: February 5, 2024
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Minium 8 / Maximum 12
To facilitate the most intimate and authentic experience of our adventure together, the group size is limited to no more than 12 participants.
Environment: Rural, countryside. Variable Icelandic weather.
Physical Activity Level: Easy
Skill Level: Beginner
This adventure is suitable for any healthy person that can walk at least 1-2 hours unassisted. With that said, the more active you are before this trip, the more you will enjoy the overall experience including walks in Reykjavik, the countryside and at farms.
For those who have mobility issues, contact us to discuss. There are many ways to adapt this program for those need it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Knitting needles (regular and double-pointed) in size to get a gauge of 14 sts to 4" (10cm) (size around nr. 4.1/2 to 5)
2) Usual knitting supplies, including sharp-pointed sewing (chenille) needle with eye large enough for yarn.
A detailed packing list will be provided.
Bergrós Kjartansdóttir will be your knitting instructor and will guide you in making a lace shawl from one of her designs, and a Lopapeysa sweater.
Bergrós an acclaimed, but down to earth, knitting designer and poet from the West Fjords of Iceland. She is also a published author, goldsmith, and scholar of old Icelandic Literature.
The program package includes Icelandic yarn for your shawl, and a copy (in English) of Bergrós beautiful knitting book, Shawls of Myth & Magic an ode to Icelandic wool, Icelandic nature and Norse mythology.
Inspired by her mother, who is also a talented knitter, Bergrós has been knitting since she was in primary school. Her passion for the tradition continued into adulthood where she has weaved together her love of art, nature, and mythology into a profession aligned with two centuries old Scandinavia traditions of knitting and storytelling.