2.08.2016

Knit Iceland with Laura Nelkin!!!

September 10 - 16, 2016
update: The trip is SOLD OUT.
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Unique, distinct, mysterious, legendary - Iceland remains a well-kept travel secret and a mecca for knitters. Iceland is synonymous with knitting and wool is everywhere (even the grocery stores and gas stations). Knitting is as much a necessity in the cold dark winters as it is a labor of love. Join Laura Nelkin, knitwear designer, instructor, and passionate traveler to discover the magic that is Iceland in September. Dive deeply into Iceland's knitting tradition, its unique landscape, and experience its geothermal activity at the hot springs with Laura and a group of avid friendly knitters. This is a dream trip and I hope you'll join in!
Day 1: Travel to Reykjavik

Day 2: Group breakfast, tour of Reykjavik (to get our bearings), visit to Hand Knitter's Guild, check in at hotel and group dinner.

Day 3: Golden Circle Tour: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokur (active Geysir), and ├×ingborg Wool Center (heirloom wool and craft center that is AMAZING!)

Day 4: Istex Factory Tour and Alafoss Outlet Shop (need I say more? The home of Lopi!!!)

Day 5: Saga Trails, Tour a Local Sheep farm; visit the natural dye studio of fiber artist Gudrun Bjarnadottir

Day 6: Free Day in Rekjavik, possible visits with Ragga Eiriksdottir (to learn about Lopi sweaters) and Helene Magnusson (to learn about Icelandic lace). Farewell banquet in the evening.

Day 7: Visit to Blue Lagoon (can you say geothermal hot spring resort?), and then home!

Laura visited Iceland with her family in 2012, you can read about her adventures and see photos here and here.

Tour land price is $2400 and includes :
  • Five nights in superior hotel rooms (double occupancy) at the Center Hotel Arnarhvoll (single supplement $400/extra)
  • Private motor coach for group excursions with full time English speaking tour guide/manager
  • Knitting designer and passionate traveler Laura Nelkin will escort the group and provide informal instruction
  • Breakfast daily, welcome dinner and farewell banquet
  • Entrance to all museums and attractions per itinerary
  • Gratuities for guide/driver
  • Extensive pre-departure material (as is Edventures style)
  • Limited group size
VERY Detailed Itinerary available upon request.
Contact Mary at Edventures 1 (607) 387-3322 or goedventures@gmail.com to secure your spot.

(FYI- I've known Mary since before I learned how to knit, when I was in my early 20's we worked together at a local eco-tourism travel agency. She has been organizing and leading tours for a long time, and is a professional. I am SO happy to be joining forces with her on this project!)

62 comments:

  1. Email sent. Can't wait.
    Carolm7323

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    1. Me either!!! We are going to have a blast AND learn a ton!

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    2. Can you let me know if anyone should cancel rosiemum@comcast.net

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    3. Roseann, I've added you to the list, but please make sure you are signed up for my mailing list for future trips!
      http://www.nelkindesigns.com/mailinglist

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  2. E-mail sent!! Woot, double and triple woot!!!

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    1. Oh Lois! I can't tell you how excited I am to get to meet you in real life!!!

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    2. Oh, me too!!! I'm so excited right now that I can't think! This trip is so wonderful and the itinerary is fabulous. Thank you for forming this tour!!

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  3. Email sent...Carol and I are roomies!! Going to have to knit some sweaters between now and then :))) and socks! :))

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  4. YES! I have an idea for a lightweight Lopi Sweater that uses the Novus construction but is a pullover! Trying to clear my plate so I can try it next!

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  5. OMG!!! it would be like a dream come true!! I must decide on mature responsibility and act prudently or be irresponsible and sign in!!

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  6. Oh my Canadian dollar! I'd love to do this but, like Ana Cecilia, I need to decide how irresponsible to be.

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    1. LOL I have an almost conflict, too. Joyce (piloyjoyce) and hubby are coming to Ottawa and we're leaving for Vermont and Maine on the 18th. The plan is a few days in Vermont then off to Amy Herzog's make wear love retreat in Maine. What to do what to do.

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    1. I would love it if you could too Cat!!!

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  8. I've opted to be irresponsible. I'm going!

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    1. Can I get a WOOT WOOT???? YOLO Jennifer!

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    2. OMG... I just said YOLO, I think I need a time out!

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  9. I need to go to this! Now to get the Husby to feel the same. Anyone know a good hypnotist?

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    1. I'll do some research... maybe there is a DIY hypnosis Craftsy class!

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  10. I'd love to go, but then Scooterpie will want to go too...

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  11. Ok, How Exciting!!!! I am checking in on details!! But my email has been sent!! My fingers and toes are crossed!!

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  12. Email sent, hubby has been hypnotized into joining (actually Iceland was on his bucket list - yay for me)

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    1. Nice... good job with the hypnotism, it clearly worked if he thought it was on his bucket list all along!

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  13. I would love to come! I loved Iceland when we went, but sadly I am broke and even if I wasn't, the exchange rate right now is not awesome. Have fun everyone!

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  14. Would absolutely love to come, if I can get a week's vacation then... would so love to meet you all, and I LOVE Iceland, been wanting to go back for ages! And from Switzerland, it's a direct flight... so easy! Anyway, EMAIL SENT, fingers crossed!

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  15. I am so pleased for all of you able to go on this one of a kind trip. I will be with you in spirit. Iceland is one of those far off places you dream of going to someday and I think it's wonderful that some of you will fulfill that dream All I as is for lots of details of the trip and tales of some of the laughs I know you will all have.

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    1. We promise to keep you in our virtual loop!!!! xoxoxo

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  16. I TOTALLY want to go with you...! But the Mr's plans are interfering with mine... will see what I can do...

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    1. Gah! Andrea! I TOTALLY want you to go too! Fingers crossed you can bend those plans to your will!

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  17. Fabulous itinerary! Have to change other plans--hopefully can!

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  18. Have reserved a spot for me - will look for flights and everything that has to be organized around my kids after my current vacation!

    Great to get to Iceland with all of you Nelkinites!

    Andrea

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    1. Did you e-mail Mary and send in the form? I want to make sure you don't miss out! SO EXCITED!

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  19. I'm really intrigued by this trip. I think it sounds like an awesome itinerary. I have frequent flier miles burning a hole in my pocket so at least that's covered. I'm not active in your group, so I wonder if that would be a problem coming solo?

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    1. Exciting! Nope, not a problem! There is a fee for having a solo room, or you can ask Mary if she can help you find a roomie! We are filling up fast!

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  20. Got the itinerary and though I really want to be with you, I'm bailing. We visited one of Craig's former students who is Icelandic living on the north side and he took us *everywhere* except to a sheep ranch. But they are at an agricultural college so that's not new either.
    Are you coming to Knit City again in October? Yes? Yes?

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    1. Too bad... but it sounds like you have "done" Iceland already! No to Knitty City this year, maybe another time!

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    2. CRUMBS. Yes, and we thoroughly enjoyed it; I'm sure you all will, too.

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  21. Email sent. Hubby coming too. Can't wait. The itinerary looks wonderful!
    Melodie

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  22. Oh my! I so want in!!! talking to my other half....

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  23. Waiting to hear if I'm allowed to take that week off work... fingers and toes crossed... and would be happy to share a room as I'd be travelling alone and joining you there (from Switzerland), if if if.... "filidhruadh" Isabelle

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    1. Next time (I just heard your request didn't go through!) you'll be with us in spirit!

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  24. I wish I could sign up, but there are too many variables in my life right now (due to an overseas move). I fell in love with Iceland taking a trip with Helene Magnusson in 2014, the same year I also met Laura in Switzerland (Siidegarte knit night). I will be participating through your posts and hope that there might be another trip like this in the future.

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    1. It sounds like there will definitely be more! It would be fabulous to have you join us!

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  25. This sounds like another fabulous trip for Nelkinites. I wish I could join you, but alas, I am committed to going to Australia at Christmas to visit my Grandchildren. The budget and vacation schedule just will not allow any more traveling. I will be with you in spirit and look forward to hearing all your stories and seeing your lovely pictures.

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    1. You will be with us in spirit!!! And stories we will have for you! Promise!

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  26. Pattie and I are signed up! Yay! We want to wander a bit through Iceland at the end of the tour, but I'm hesitant to make flight plans... Can you give me approximate finish time on the 16th? Hopefully we will fly north at afternoon.

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