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14-Day ~ Northern Isles Knitting Cruise (July 2018)

Holland America Line

Start Date:


July 7, 2018


End Date:


July 21, 2018

Northern Isles Knitting Cruise (July 2018) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

Northern Isles Knitting Cruise July 7-21, 2018 w/ Beth Brown-Reinsel


Set sail from Copenhagen visiting Norway, Iceland, the Faroes and the Shetland Isles on this memorable journey with like-minded knitters onboard Holland America's Zuiderdam. Participants will have the opportunity to learn new knitting skills in workshops taught by Beth Brown-Reinsel while the ship is at sea and explore on their own or with the group while in port.


This is always a popular Craft Cruise knitting cruise itinerary because it includes such ports as Copenhagen, Bergen, Reykjavik, Torshavn and Lerwick. Knitting is a way of life in this part of the world and is a place where many knitting traditions originated. Be pampered by Holland America Line's attentive staff while cruising from one fabulous port to another. On this cruise you will learn new knitting skills in classes taught by knitting expert Beth Brown-Reinsel and you will enjoy the instant community of being with other knitters. While in port you will shop for souvenir yarn, learn about yarn production and be inspired by local designers and knitters on privately arranged tours.


On this cruise Beth will be teaching such popular classes as Traditional Beginnings (a historic cast-on class), Twined Fingerless Mitts, Fair Isle Tams and Norwegian Mittens. In addition to the distinctive knitting techniques found here, the Northern Isles are in a region of the Atlantic Ocean known for its rugged coastlines and cool summertime temperatures. Join fellow knitters on this journey and you'll keep cool while stimulating your creativity.


2018 Northern Isles Knitting Cruise - Highlights


  • Be inspired by top Danish designers in Copenhagen and shop for yarn at Sommerfuglen, Denmark's largest yarn shop.

  • Take a private historical walking tour in Copenhagen with an outstanding local historian.

  • Take a tour of the Oleana Sweater factory, located on a scenic fjord near Bergen, and shop for sweaters in the factory outlet.

  • Visit the Dale of Norway sweater store in Bergen.

  • Shop for yarn at Husfliden, Norway's hand-craft guild store while admiring their selection of fine traditional Norwegian costumes.

  • Shop for Icelandic wool and popular kits at Klæðakot in the beautiful town of Ísafjörður in northwest Iceland.

  • Enjoy a Wild & Woolly Tour of Reykjavik combined with the top highlights of Iceland's famed Golden Circle.

  • Visit Alafoss where you can shop for Lopi yarn and gorgeous hand-knit sweaters.

  • Take an Icelandic knitting workshop led by Guðrún "Hannele" Henttinen at her yarn shop, Storkurinn, in the heart of Reykjavik.

  • Learn about the wool industry in the Faroe Islands while shopping at Navia in Torshavn.

  • Visit the Shetland Wool Brokers, Jamieson and Smith, to shop for yarn and learn about the 700 knitters, farmers and designers who transform Shetland's wool into high quality yarn, knitwear and blankets.

  • Visit the Shetland Museum for a private museum tour with an emphasis on Shetland lace.

  • See demonstrations of traditional spinning and knitting given by the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Weavers, Knitters and Dyers at the Böd of Gremista and Shetland Textile Working Museum.