KNITTING, DESIGN AND Stories
The Faroe Islands lie picturesque halfway between Scotland and Iceland. The Faroese have their very own distinctive culture, unique lifestyle and they stick to many of the old traditions, including the Faroese chain dance, singing and not least crafts and knitting.
- TRAVEL: 06 - 11 September 2023
- ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Djurhuus
LAST BOOKING DATE: JUNE 23rd
- DIRECT FLIGHT FROM: Copenhagen, Denmark (incl. in the price)
- PRICE PER PERSON IN SHARED DOUBLE ROOM DKK 14.900
- Join a group tour and enjoy experiences together with others. The minimum number for this tour is 10 people.
Itinirary: Knittig, design and stories with local guide 6 days
DAY 1: Arrival in the Faroe Islands with Atlantic Airways. Local tour guide will meet you upon arrival. Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Tórshavn.
After dinner, coffee and cake are served in the old town, á Reyni, while we hear the story of "Heimavirkið", which is a community of local artists and craftsmen who produce hand-knitted garments, embroidery, wooden objects, paintings, glass art etc. which they sell in shops around the islands. Feel free to bring your knitting.
DAY 2: After breakfast it is time to explore Tórshavn. At the end of the marina is the old factory Østrøm, filled with beautiful Faroese design - knitwear, clothes, jewelery, furniture, posters and handicrafts. Right next door is Steinprent, which is the Faroese Graphic Workshop, here you can buy beautiful prints by Faroese artists. We visit the shop Heimavirkið and Marjun Heimá, who specialize in the traditional Faroese national costume.
We also take a closer look at Faroese designed wool products, in the latest fashion, at Guðrun & Guðrun and in Ullvøruhúsið. Lunch is enjoyed in one of the many nice cafes in town. Dinner is on its own
- Workshop with the local designer, Katrina í Geil with the theme "Development of pattern".
DAY 3: After breakfast, we visit Kirkjubøur, which is the Faroe Islands’ historical and cultural centre. The picturesque old farm is home to a family who for 17 generations have run the farmstead and ecclesiastic site. See the unfinished Magnus Cathedral and the small medieval church of St.Olav. We also see glass art by Tróndur Pætursson.
Back in Tórshavn, we visit the National Museum. Here we can see the original Faroese rowing boats, the full collection of the legendary Kirkebøur benches from the 15th century, a selection of national costumes and interesting finds from the Viking Age. Lunch and dinner.
- New workshop with Katrina í Geil where we learn to knit the traditional slippers, "Skóleistar"
DAY 4: After breakfast we go on a sigthseeing tour to Eysturoy. First stop is at the spinning mill, Snældan, which is a traditional wool producer and knitwear manufacturer, founded in 1949. Their gorgeous heritage yarns are still processed in their workshop by the shore of the fjord at Strendur.
We continue to the village Fuglafjørður, which is the village where the Knitting Festival is held every year. Here we meet one of the organizers. Knitting café in the old historic building with art and handicrafts, Ribarhús & Piddasahandil and hear the story of how it all started with the knitting festival.
After lunch we visit the old weaving school in Klaksvik. Here we are told the incredible story of founder Aina Cederholm. Dinner in Tórshavn is on your own.
DAY 5: Day off and lunch on your own. Farewell dinner at a selected restaurant in Tórshavn.
Additional - Must be pre-booked: Workshop 3 hours - Price to be advised
- In the Faroe Islands we have a saying: WOOL IS OUR GOLD, as our wool is the only one of its kind and has a high quality. Here you can spin your own thread on a spinning wheel. The wool is ecological, the wool fat (lanolin) is preserved in the wool, which is from sheep, dwelling in the south.
DAY 6: Departure from the Faroe Islands. Transport from the hotel to the airport. Departure with Atlantic Airways.