September 19th-26th, 2018: open to registration
6-day hiking and knitting tour, sleeping in a Museum, sheep-round up, hot springs, lace dresses
See pictures from the tour in 2017, here
This enchanting tour takes us to an authentic and peaceful hideaway, located right by the edge of Northern Europe’s biggest wilderness. There, we will experience the spirit of the Old Icelandic culture, participate in a sheep round up, hike in the untouched wilderness and colorful landscape in the East of Iceland and knit delicate lace. The unique accommodation, in delightfully renovated and preserved old buildings, will make us feel as if we are taking part in an adventure from the past and are “sleeping in a museum.” Our hosts will make all of the food in an old kitchen in front of us with mostly local ingredients. Hélène will give us a thoughtful insight into the Icelandic knitting heritage and we’ll learn new and Old techniques during the knitting workshops throughout the tour. The focus will be on Icelandic lace and more specifically on the klukka, the traditional women slip knitted in fine wool and decorated with undulating lace patterns. The klukka is the inspiration behind Hélène’s new book* on the amazing lace dresses of Adalbjörg Jónsdóttir and modern variations of them designed by Hélène. This is an unforgettable journey that will give us a unique insight on how people in Iceland used to live. Along with knitting and hiking, it is possible to go horse riding (optional, not included in price) in your free time.
Upon booking, and in order to make the hikes enjoyable, please make sure your are familiar with the day-to-day itinerary, the ascents/descents and the number of km/miles walked per day, as well as the list of clothing and walking gear to bring (equipment list). For further information, you can contact silja@icelandicmountainguides.