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Knitting with elves: Knitting tours become increasingly popular

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  • Knitting on ice The knitting tours offered by Icelandic Mountain Guides include glacier hikes and knitting workshops. Photo/Icelandic Mountain Guides 

Specialised knitting tours of Iceland have proven so popular that they instantly sell out. Icelandic Mountain Guides (Íslenskir fjallaleiðsögumenn) offer five different knitting tours, most of which combine knitting and hiking.

Lawyer and licenced mountain guide Hélène Magnússon brings visitors on unforgettable tours that usually mix hiking in gorgeous landscapes with culture and knitting workshops. Ingibjörg G. Guðjónsdóttir, who has been guiding for Icelandic Mountain Guides for over three decades, told Morgunblaðið newspaper that some visitors return to do the tours year after year.

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Icelandic Mountain Guides offer five different knitting tours. One of the tours, called ‘Spring knitting retreat in Icelandic nature’ takes place in spring, during lambing season. The 6-day-long tour does not include hikes but rather a visit to the Blönduós Textile Museum, an introduction to Icelandic knitting traditions and visits to local tanneries, dyers and spinners.

Another tour, Knitting on Ice, brings visitors on a hike on Sólheimajökull glacier in South Iceland, while Knitting with Elves explores the wondrous Eastfjords. 

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