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17-Day ~ Transatlantic Knitting Cruise (Sept 2015)

Holland America Line

Start Date:


September 7, 2015


End Date:


September 24, 2015

Transatlantic Knitting Cruise (Sept 2015) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

17-Day Viking Passage Knitting Cruise w/ Gwen Bortner


This popular knitting cruise is onboard Holland America Line's ms Eurodam sails from Copenhagen to New York.  While onboard enjoy learning new knitting skills from a professional knitting instructor, the instant community and shared travel experience of being with other knitters.  While in port experience local inspiration through privately arranged visits with local designers, knitters and yarn producers.  This is the perfect cruise for knitters and cruising enthusiasts alike.  The North Atlantic is known for its rugged beauty and cool summertime temperatures. Take this voyage and you'll keep cool while stimulating your creativity in the company of other knitters.


Join Gwen Bortner on this knitting cruise visiting some of the hottest destinations for knitters including Norway, Shetland, Faroe, Iceland and Canada.  Gwen is an expert knitter, designer and teacher who loves to cruise and is very much looking forward to visiting these destinations with other knitters to learn about their techniques and patterns.  Gwen is most known for being the Queen of Entrelac but there isn't anything Gwen can't teach.  Knitting is a hallmark in Gwen's life and for this cruise she'll be including such popular topics as Shetland Lace, knitting in the round, Icelandic knitting, colorwork, entrelac, knitting for warmth and durability and shadow knitting so pack up your needles and come along for the adventure! 


2015 Viking Passage Knitting Cruise Highlights


  • Be inspired by Danish designers in Copenhagen at a trunk show with Bente Geil at Sommerfuglen, Denmark's largest yarn shop
  • Take a historical walking tour in Copenhagen with outstanding local guides
  • Tour the Oleana sweater factory and textile museum outside of Bergen next to a beautiful fjord and then shop for yarn at Bergen's top shops
  • 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 textile tour and demonstrations of traditional spinning and knitting by the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Weavers, Knitters and Dyers
  • See the Böd of Gremista and Shetland Textile Working Museum with hands-on exhibits representing many local textiles
  • Learn about the wool industry in the Faroe Islands while shopping at Navia in Torshavn
  • Enjoy a Wild & Woolly Tour of Reykjavik combined with a few key highlights of Iceland's famed Golden Circle
  • Visit Alafoss, the company that founded Iceland's wool industry in 1986 producing fiber, yarn and garments for distribution around the world
  • Search for handspun Qiviut in Greenland
  • Shop for Handmaiden and Fleece Artist yarn in their hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Visit Tradewind Knits, home of Lucy Neatby