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14-Day ~ Midnight Sun Knitting Cruise (Jul 2023)

Holland America Line

Start Date:


July 12, 2023


End Date:


July 26, 2023

Midnight Sun Knitting Cruise (Jul 2023) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

14-Day Midnight Sun Knitting Cruise w/ Martina Behm
July 12-26, 2023

Join Craft Cruises and Martina Behm on a northerly journey up the rugged Norwegian coast when the days are long and temperatures are pleasant. The long number of daylight hours makes this one of the most scenic cruises in the world. The midnight sun is a phenomenon that happens every summer north of the Arctic Circle allowing the gorgeous coastal-scenery to be enjoyed every waking moment.

Explore steep-sided fjords, stunning mountains and sweeping valleys while being pampered onboard Holland America's newest ship, the ms Nieuw Statendam. Along the way you'll learn new knitting techniques while calling on quaint ports, frozen-in-time, where Norwegian tradition reigns strong. Visit yarn and sweater mills, learn about traditional Norwegian costumes and textiles, visit quaint churches and see farming systems dating back to simpler times when families peacefully sowed barley, rye and oats while raising cattle, sheep and goats yielding just enough food to support their families.

Martina Behm is a German designer who loves to create. She designs patterns that produce garments people love, and knitters enjoy making. On this cruise you will explore fun and original knitting constructions with Martina. Together you will make some of her most exciting patterns, explore provisional cast-ons and knit a new pattern she is designing for this cruise.

14-Day Midnight Sun Knitting Cruise Highlights

  • Enjoy a trunk show at Uldstedet in Copenhagen and meet Sus Gebhard, the owner shop owner, who will have her beautiful designs and lovely hand-dyed yarns on display.

  • Shop at Sommerfuglen, the largest yarn store in Denmark, and see work by many popular Danish designers.

  • Take a historical walking tour of Copenhagen and have lunch at one of Copenhagen's famous outdoor food markets.

  • Shop for kits by Danish designers such as Marianne Isager, Bente Geil & Hanne Falkenberg at prices below those in the US.

  • In Eidfjord, see the most spectacular waterfall in Norway, Vøringsfossen, while enjoying alpine plateaus offering stunning views.

  • Learn about this dramatic landscape, climate, and Norwegian culture on a less adventurous scale at the Hardangervidda Nature Centre in Eidfjord.

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

  • In Molde, venture into the past at Norway's most prominent folk museum, The Romsdal Museum, just a short walk from the town center. Visitors can see "bunad" (Norwegian rural clothing based on traditional costumes) and see demonstrations of colorful Veøybunad embroidery.

  • Take a walk through Trondheim, Norway's oldest and third-largest city, founded in AD 997 as a Viking seat of power and the home of Norway's crown jewels.

  • Shop for souvenir yarn at one of the many centrally located yarn shops in Trondheim.

  • Take a sea raft from Honningsvag to Sarnesfjord to inspect the day's catch and eat giant king crab fresh from the Barents Sea. This outing is an adventure you shouldn't miss for those in good physical condition!

  • Visit a family farm in Skjolden to learn about llamas, an old Norse breed of sheep and berry farming.

  • In Stavanger shop at the outlet at one of the most advanced spinning mills in Europe, Sandnes Garn, the leading producer of hand knitting yarns in Norway.

  • Photograph famous Pulpit Rock, nearby Lysefjord in Stavanger, a lookout towering 1,980 feet over the sea making it the most spectacular view in all of Norway.

  • Meet Annemor Sundbø, a true historian of Norwegian knitting, at her knitting studio in Kristiansand