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23-Day ~ Polar Ice Cap Knitting Cruise (July 2021)

Holland America Line

Start Date:


July 3, 2021


End Date:


July 26, 2021

Polar Ice Cap Knitting Cruise (July 2021) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

23-Day Polar Ice Cap Knitting Cruise w/ Beth Brown-Reinsel
Jul 03-26, 2021


Embark with Craft Cruises on a journey to some of the most scenic places in northern Europe during the height of summer. The cruise begins and ends in Amsterdam, "Venice of the North." From there the ship sets sail along the coast and fjords of Norway, stopping in Eidfjord, Bergen, and Molde, before traveling into the Arctic Ocean some 500 miles north of the Norwegian mainland to Spitsbergen and the Svalbard Archipelago where polar bears reportedly outnumber the residents. The ms Veendam then circles Iceland, docking in the interesting ports of Akureyri and Ísafjörður and overnighting in the vibrant capital Reykjavik. Heading back toward Amsterdam, the ship visits Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, Portree in the Isle of Skye (Scotland), Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Dunmore East/Waterford (Ireland).



Onboard, Beth Brown-Reinsel will offer a range of her most popular classes that highlight knitting techniques and designs with a Nordic influence including everything from Icelandic Lopapeysa Pullovers to Swedish-Twined Knitted Mittens. With more than 30 years of teaching experience and a passion for historic knitting, Beth is the perfect instructor for this polar knitting cruise.



Traveling at the height of summer is optimal for visiting the Arctic Circle. There's very little darkness, ample opportunities to see wildlife, and scenic vistas abound at every turn. From ice-carved fjords to glistening glaciers and from geysers and hot springs to waterfalls, beauty abounds. You'll almost not want to sleep and miss any sights. Knitters will be in their element as this itinerary provides unique opportunities to learn about the rich history and traditions of knitting from Norwegian knitwear to Icelandic sweaters, Irish linen, and Shetland lace. Enjoy local seafood specialties, Norwegian pastries, or a cold Irish beer. There's no better way to see the alluring North than this 23-day Polar Ice cruise, so please join us.



23-Day Polar Ice Cap Knitting Cruise Highlights



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

  • Plan a venture to Stephen & Penelope's yarn shop in Amsterdam.

  • In Eidfjord view Voringsfossen, Norway's most famous waterfall, as it tumbles some 600 feet down to the Måbø Valley, or visit the Hardanger Mountain Plateau in Norway's largest National Park. Steep yourself in Norwegian history and culture at the Hardangervidda Nature Center.

  • Take the funicular to the top of Mt. Floyen for panoramic views of Bergen and nearby islands or simply stroll through the old wharf area of Bryggen, which dates from the Medieval Hanseatic trading league and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site.

  • 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.

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

  • Learn about Norway's folk history while visiting the country's largest open air museum in Molde, the "City of Roses."

  • Visit the Rauma Yarn Mill & Troll Path in Molde for terrific yarn shopping, stunning views, and a traditional Norwegian lunch at the Trollstigen Kafe.

  • Scenic cruise through Hardangerfjord which, at 100 miles long, is the world's fourth longest fjord.

  • Try dog sledding in Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island in the Svalbard Archipelago, some 500 miles north of continental Norway and about 650 miles from the North Pole. Here, polar bears outnumber residents, thousands of endangered Arctic birds nest, cats are banned, and reindeer wander into town. The island also is home to the Doomsday Vault, the world's seed bank, as well as a number of international research centers devoted to Arctic research. Have a beer at the Svalbard Brewery or bring home local chocolates from Fruene.

  • Scenic cruise the Polar Ice Cap and stop in Ny Alesund, Spitsbergen, a tiny research settlement.

  • In Akureyri, Iceland, don't miss the wonderful botanical garden or the striking Akureyri Church nearby. Relax in local geothermal swimming pools.

  • Learn about Iceland's rich fishing history at the Westfjourds Maritime Museum in Ísafjörður and enjoy scenic cruising. Whale watch, or take a tour to Vigur Island, home to abundant birdlife, including puffins and arctic terns.

  • Shop for popular kits and Icelandic wool at Klæðakot in Ísafjörður.

  • Overnight in Reykjavik, Iceland's lively and artistic capital. Plan a Wild & Wooly Tour tour that includes Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir thermal area in the famed Golden Circle. Time permitting, swim in the famous Blue Lagoon thermal pool.

  • Shop at Storkurinn knitting shop in Reykjavik.

  • Visit Alafoss if possible to shop for Lopi yarn and Iceland's signature hand-knit sweaters.

  • In Lerwick visit the Shetland Museum for a special chance to learn about Shetland lace.

  • Visit the Shetland Wool Brokers, Jamieson and Smith, to shop for yarn and discover how local knitters, farmers, and designers transform Shetland wool into high quality yarn, knitwear, and textiles.

  • Look for 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.

  • From Portree on the mountainous Isle of Skye in Scotland's Inner Hebrides, plan on a visit to a working croft, Eilean Òir Croft, to learn about Hebridean and Black Cheviot sheep and how they thrive in this harsh environment. Time permitting, take an excursion to Dunvegan Castle or the Talisker Distillery, dating from 1830.

  • Take an optional tour to Lisburn outside Belfast to visit the Irish Linen Centre where you can trace the history of linen production and see live spinning and weaving demonstrations. Time permitting, walk on the Giant's Causeway or have a pint of beer at a local pub.

  • In Waterford, Ireland's oldest city and home of Waterford Crystal, plan to take an optional tour to visit one of Ireland's few authentic-and oldest remaining-woolen mills, Cushendale. Or as time allows, join a tour to the Castle of Kilkenny or to Mount Congreve with its 700 splendid acres of gardens.