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14-Day ~ Northern Isles Knitting Cruise (July 2021)

Holland America Line

Start Date:


July 18, 2021


End Date:


August 1, 2021

Northern Isles Knitting Cruise (July 2021) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

14-Day Northern Isles Knitting Cruise w/ JC Briar
July 18-August 1, 2021


Set sail from Amsterdam visiting Norway, Iceland and Scotland. This cruise includes seeing Norwegian Fjords and the most scenic cruising areas around Iceland, Shetland and the Scottish Highlands. Join like-minded travelers onboard Holland America's beautiful ms Ryndam. Participants will have the opportunity to learn new knitting skills in workshops taught by JC Briar while the ship is at sea and explore on their own in port or with the group on organized tours that focus on yarn shopping, fiber production and meeting local knitters along the way.


This is always a popular Craft Cruise itinerary because it includes such ports as Bergen, Alesund, Akureyri, Isafjordur, Reykjavik, Lerwick, Invergordon and Edinburgh. Knitting is a way of life in this part of the world and it 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 JC Briar 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, JC Briar will be teaching a wide-range of classes that will include such popular techniques as Your First Stranded Colorwork, Lace Basics, Loving Your Lace Edgings, Selbuvotter for Traditional Selbu Mittens, Lace that Grows, Patterned Brioche, Cast-on Cornucopia and Next Steps in Brioche. We invite you to pack up your needles, grab your jackets, mittens and scarves and join us on this knitting cruise where you'll keep cool while stimulating your creativity.


A self-confessed “technique freak” and “skill junkie,” JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it involves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it’s sure to catch her eye. She shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops and fiber festivals and through her book, Charts Made Simple. Regardless of the topic, she aims to build confidence by expressing concepts clearly and concisely, and by presenting skills and ideas in a digestible progression. Her latest venture is, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity, and beauty.



14-Day Northern Isles Knitting Cruise Highlights


  • Before the cruise take an optional canal tour in Amsterdam, walk around the floating flower market, or visit the Van Gogh Museum.

  • Make a pilgrimage to Steve & Penelope's yarn shop in Amsterdam, home of Stephen West's Westknits.

  • 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.

  • From Alesund visit the Rauma Yarn Mill & Troll Path for great yarn shopping, spectacular views and a traditional Norwegian lunch at the Trollstigen Kafe

  • Throughout Norway see traditional Norwegian costumes and shop for yarn at Husfliden, Norway's hand-craft guild store.

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

  • Enjoy a Wild & Woolly Tour 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.

  • Shop at Storkurinn, in the heart of Reykjavik and you'll quickly know why it is the most popular shop in Iceland.

  • 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.

  • Spend the day in the heart of The Highlands in Invergordon. This area, known for its rich Scottish heritage, is most known for Loch Ness, lush greenery the sound of bagpipes and rare breed sheep farms.

  • While visiting The Highlands meet local knitters from Ripples Crafts and Loch Ness Knitting while shopping at a pop-up fiber market featuring popular indie-dyers as Black Isles Yarns, TJ Frog, Artisan Threads and more.

  • Shop for souvenir yarn at Ginger Twist Studio and Kathy's Knits in Edinburgh.

  • Walk the Royal Mile through the heart of old Edinburgh (South Queensferry), Scotland.