Discover the stunning landscapes of the Faroe Islands in the company of fellow travellers who share your passion for knitting. Enjoy two and a half days of private workshops, where, under the guidance of local knitting expert Katrina í Geil, you will learn about the Faroese knitting traditions as you create your own Faroese inspired project.
With both included excursions and a choice of optional tours, you can delve deep and explore the stunning landscapes and extraordinary nature of this remote north Atlantic outpost. Learn about the islands’ history, traditions and culture with a visit to the National Museum, meet local textile artists, and sample the local Faroese cuisine.
Meet at Edinburgh airport for your flight to Vagar airport. Upon arrival, transfer to the Hotel Hafnia in Tórshavn. This evening, there will be a welcome dinner in the hotel.
We start the day with a guided walk through the old part of Tórshavn before continuing by bus to visit renowned local textile designer Poulina. After the visit we drive over the mountains to Kirkjubour, the islands’ most significant historical site. In medieval times, this small village was the cultural and episcopal centre of the Faroe Islands. We’ll visit the medieval Magnus Cathedral, built in the 1300s. The effective seat of power over several centuries, the present Parish church, Ólavskirkja, was built in 1111 and used as the main church in the Faroe Islands for centuries and the 900 year-old farmhouse, Roykstovan, which is thought to be the oldest wooden house still in use today (the Patursson family have lived there for 17 generations).
This afternoon is the first of your workshops in the hotel with Katrina.
A day at leisure. In the afternoon, you may wish to join us on an optional excursion to Nolsoy with lunch included. After a 20-minute ferry journey from Torshavn to Nolsoy our local guide will take us on a guided tour of the village, where life is so different from in the town. Here we’ll see knitwork produced and sold by a local co-operative.
Today’s included excursion starts with a guided visit of the National Museum before taking in the dramatic coastal scenery and the Snældan wool factory on route to the northern islands. In Klaksvik, the second largest town in the Faroes, we’ll visit the fine Christianskirkjan and see artwork by local textile designer Edvard Fuglo. After a lunch of local specialities, we continue to the northernmost village on the island of Eysturoy and enjoy exploring the idyllic village of Gjogv, where we also pause for coffee before returning to Tórshavn.
A day at leisure. You may wish to join us on an optional, guided excursion to Vestmanna with lunch included. A coach will take us via the mountain road to Vestmanna, where the excursion boat awaits. We sail along the line of the cliffs, into a narrow strait and some of the grottoes. On the way back to Torshavn we stop at the Viking settlements in Kvivik.
Say farewell to your fellow knitters and fly back to Edinburgh.
Tour Notes: You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to get the most out of this holiday. On excursion days, you will need to walk a short distance from the hotel to the coach and you should be able to board the coach unaided. On arrival at the excursion destination, you should be able to alight the coach unaided and there may be a walk between the coach drop off point and the excursion venue. By their nature, walking tours, museum visits etc involve being on your feet for a significant amount of time. Whilst our excursions are taken at a leisurely pace, for the enjoyment of everyone in the group you should be able to keep up with your fellow travellers.
You will stay for seven nights at the Hotel Hafnia in Tórshavn.
Centrally located in the heart of the capital overlooking the picturesque harbour, this 4-star hotel is ideally situated close to shops, cafes and restaurants. The modern hotel has 74 rooms that are light and simply furnished in traditional Scandinavian style. The hotel has a private meeting room that will be used for our knitting workshops. Buffet breakfast is served in the popular Restaurant Hafnia.