This very special tour has been inspired by our Head of Craft Holidays, Alison White, and her own travels around Norway – designed to take you on a discovery of a rich textile heritage and unique culture.
"Recently the Norwegian Tourist Board invited me to discover the history and traditions of the knitting industry in Norway. On this tour, which includes all the highlights of my own trip, we’ll discover just how important the textile industry was to Norway and some of the steps that are being taken to recover and preserve these traditions for the future. We’ve combined all this with workshops with Julie to create the perfect balance of discovery and relaxation, Norwegian style!" - Alison White
Workshop information: Julie will guide you through a new exclusive design from start to finish. You will have the opportunity to learn about two-colour brioche knitting, which is our expert’s favourite technique to create colourful designs with delightful texture. And, of course, the workshop project also features colourwork, a technique that is deeply rooted in the Norwegian knitting culture.
Meet Julie and your Tour Manager at a London airport for your flight to Bergen. Upon arrival, meet our driver who will transfer us to our hotel for check in.
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and is surrounded by mountains, hence its name ‘City of Seven Mountains’. Bergen was the largest city in Norway until the 1830s when it was overtaken by the capital, Christiania (now known as Oslo). What remains of the quays, Bryggen, is now a World Heritage Site. This morning we will take a guided walking tour of the city with a local guide. In the afternoon, we will enjoy our first workshop back at the hotel with Julie.
We will spend today at the Heathland Centre, located about 30 miles north of Bergen. The centre is beautifully located with Lurefjorden on one side and the main sea route to and from Bergen on the other. The 5000-year-old heathland surrounding the centre is still maintained by local farmers. Enjoy the amazing views over the fjord and mountains whilst we enjoy a lunch made with locally sourced ingredients. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a second workshop with Julie.
Our excursion today takes us first to Osteroy, an inland island surrounded by beautiful fjords. The island has a strong history of craftsmanship that is still alive today. Our guided tour of the open-air museum, which has a focus on preserving traditional crafts, will take us around the 17th-century buildings and introduce us to some of the crafts and costumes.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Say farewell to our fellow knitters and transfer to Bergen airport for our return flight to London.
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.
Your accommodation includes breakfast and a light evening meal.
You will stay for seven nights at the Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret.