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14-Day ~ Northern Isles Knitting Cruise (Aug 2022)

Holland America Line

Start Date:


August 28, 2022


End Date:


September 11, 2022

Northern Isles Knitting Cruise (Aug 2022) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

Northern Isles Knitting Cruise w/ JC Briar
Aug 28 -Sep 11, 2022


Set sail from Amsterdam on this late summer cruise 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 Rotterdam. Participants will have the opportunity to learn new knitting skills in workshops taught by JC Briar while the ship is at sea and explore fabulous ports along the way. Participants may explore on their own or with the group on organized tours that focus on yarn shopping, fiber production, and meeting local knitters along the way.



This Northern Isles Itinerary is a perennial favorite because it includes such popular ports as Bergen, Molde, Akureyri, Isafjordur, Reykjavik, Lerwick, Invergordon, and Edinburgh. Knitting is a way of life in this part of the world and is where many knitting traditions began.



We invite you to treat yourself on a journey where you'll make new friends, enjoy being pampered by Holland America Line's attentive staff, and visit some of the most beautiful ports in the world.



JC Briar is a passionate knitter, instructor, and world-traveler. She is a confessed "technique freak" and "skill junkie," JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting but has a particular fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it involves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it's sure to catch her eye.



Classes will include "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.



2022 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 Molde, 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 & 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.