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Knitting Holiday in Norway

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Knitting Holiday in Norway

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Strikkeferie (Knitting Holiday)

In partnership with Strikkeferie, we're offering Knitting Holiday Romsdal in Andalsnes, Norway. Absolutely beautiful, settled in a valley at the tip of fjords, Andalsnes is also home to Rauma Wool mill, Norway's leading yarn maker. We're hosting knitters from the USA with a focus on Norwegian knitting. This trip includes visits to Rauma Wool Mill, an historic sheep farm, a felting workshop, and Norway’s only winery. Enjoy a cooking class, related activities, sightseeing, and discovering the natural beauty of the area in addition to the knitting workshops held in an historic restored one-room schoolhouse.

You won’t feel like a tourist on this trip, rather like a cousin or friend visiting for the first time. Experience home-cooked traditional Norwegian meals, superior hospitality that is the hallmark of the Norwegian people, and events that connect you directly with the people, culture, knitting, and food of this part of Norway.

Testimonial 1496

The Norway trip was just over the top—between those beautiful mountains and all the fun things we got to do. I look at my pictures everyday. Torrill really planned an amazing week for us.

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Mary Jane, 2016 Knitting Holiday in Norway June 30, 2016

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Overview: Knitting Holiday in Norway

overview: knitting holiday in norway

Knitting Holiday in Norway

DATES & PROGRAMS:

TO REGISTER: Registration is open. Contact us (301.766.4543) with any questions. $500 per person non-refundable deposit due upon registration.

LOCATION: Andalsnes, Norway

THE EXPERIENCE: Join other knitters from the USA and visit Rauma, sightseeing in this area of extreme natural beauty, enjoy knitting workshops held in an historic, restored one room schoolhouse, and make new knitting friends!

LODGING: Hotel Aak in Andalsnes, accommodations through Trips for Knitters.

2017 PRICING: $2,800 — includes lodging, meals, knitting classes, most local transportation, and project yarn. Save $50 if you pay by check. 2017 payment in full is due January 31, 2017.

TRAVEL: You make your own flight arrangements to Oslo; travelers gather at the Oslo airport on May 23 for the 5-hour scenic train trip to Andalsnes with the Trips for Knitters leader.

TIPS FOR TRAVELERS: Are you on a Knitting Holiday in Norway? See our Tips for Travelers page for registered travelers. Read the Trips for Knitters Responsibility/Disclaimer Statement.

Programs

programs

2017 programs

knittign workshops

We'll explore two-color Norwegian knitting as we create a pair of traditional mittens. With Norwegian instructors, learn about the variations and nuance of knitting in this tradition.

Workshops will be held at “Skolestua” – a school house from 1827. Skolestua is situated on Bakke farm with a view towards the mountains. A different kind of paradise.

You will need size 0-1 US needles, smaller if you are a loose knitter, larger if you are tight. Of course, bring your other knitting projects to share and work on. Norwegians use DPNs, but you could do Magic Loop or 9” circulars. They have knitting needles in Norway if you need something that you didn’t bring.

The Experience

the experience

what to expect

Visits to Rauma wool mill, related activities, sightseeing and discovering the natural beauty of the area in addition to the knitting workshops held in an historic, restored one room schoolhouse.

Romsdal, the district within which the town of Andalsnes resides, is home to several of Norway's most beautiful attractions: Romsdalseggen, Trollwall, Trollstigen, Romsdalstrappa and Rauma Railway. See the websites for Visit Andalsnes and Romsdal.

Enjoy this unique environment with beautiful natural scenery, surrounded by mountains and fresh clean mountain air.  We'll visit a working sheep farm, feel the pure Norwegian wool and visit the yarn shop at Rauma Ullvarefabrikk for inspiration and projects. See yarn being produced and Norwegian sweaters on the machines at one of the only places to produce 100% Norwegian wool.

Kniting workshops will be held at “Skolestua” – a school house from 1827. Skolestua is situated on Bakke farm with view towards the mountains. The house was restored in 2010 and is frequently let by tourists. For the week, it's all about knitting.

Different activities are arranged according to the season, weather and personal preferences. We'll visit Norway's only winery, a felting workshop and have a cooking class at an historic landmark sheep farm.

Plan for a short hike to the viewpoint Rampestreken, hiking along the mountain rivers, having lunch outdoors and visiting local places like Tuen vineyard, Sødahlhuset, Haun’håndlaga, Rosvang gaard. Won't it be fun to discover what all of this means!

Bring clothes for casual activities and hiking/walking shoes. You may also want slippers for indoors.

Lodging: Hotel Aak

lodging: hotel aak

stunning views

Hotel AakHotel Aak is Norway’s first tourist hotel with a history dating back to the 19th century, to the time when mountaineering was a new activity and high peaks in the area were unconquered. For decades, the hotel itself was a draw to mountaineers.

The unique dining experience includes food enjoyed around the long table. It is locally produced, home cooked food, and is based on Nordic trends. Clean, simple and seasonal.

All hotel accommodations are included in the Trips for Knitters fee.

rooms at hotel aak

Hotel Aak ViewTrips for Knitters will make your hotel arrangements. We selected Hotel Aak for the splendid hospitality and meals. More like a bed and breakfast than a hotel, you'll experience Norwegian warmth and aesthetics in this beautifully remodeled historic hotel.

Hotel Aak describes its rooms:

The hotel with its 33 beds on two floors, in both an older section and in a new annex with modern bedrooms. The three rooms in the old section have lovely walls in delicious colors and stunning views towards the mountains. Two of the rooms also share a bathroom. In the new section, rooms have a simpler furnishings and a bath. We have a large garden with a beautiful view, lawn, table, and bonfire. You can hear a car speed past here and there, but it's a cool contrast to the mountains that surround the Hotel Aak.

Amenities include a sauna in the basement, storage space for luggage, and internet access in public areas and all rooms.

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Travel

travel

travel arrangements

You make your own flight arrangements from a major airport near you to Oslo airport.

How do I get from the airport or train station to our lodging? Travelers gather at the Oslo airport for the 5–hour scenic train trip to Andalsnes with the Trips for Knitters leader. From there, knitters can relax and enjoy being in this country where knitting is common. All arrangements for this trip are through Trips for Knitters, not Stikkeferie.

Local transportation for our sightseeing is included in the fee.

Pricing

pricing

2016 pricing per person

Per person fee of $2,800 includes lodging, meals, local transportation, knitting classes, and project yarn. You’ll want to have money for optional tours, shopping and personal expenses.

When making a choice, please specify what type of room you’d like. We’ll do our best to assign you the room most suitable for you.

  • Save! Save $50 if you pay by check instead of credit card/Paypal. Discount taken at final payment. We ask that you please deduct the $100 from your final check in order to take advantage of the discount.
  • Save! Save $225 per person if you share a room.

Want to register? Contact us to discuss availability. $500 per person non-refundable deposit due upon registration. Payment in full is due January 31, 2017, and we accept partial payments up to that date.

Cancellation Policy:

  • The $500 per person non-refundable deposit is just that: non-refundable.
  • All cancellations must be in writing. Email is acceptable.
  • Cancellation does not necessarily result in a partial refund.
  • We strongly urge participants to purchase travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense in the event of cancellation. Shop through AAA, your travel agent or online sources such as Travelex.

FAQ

faq

faq

I'm not a really experienced knitter so will I be able to do the project? What if I don't want to knit the project?
We plan projects that are accessible by knitters at various levels of experience, complexity in knitting, and interest. For those not as confident in their knitting, this can be a great time to move past some of your apprehension with experts to help you along. We also believe that you it's your knitting and if you choose not to do the project or to do it a different way, that's fine. We want you to make the most of your knitting in your way, and it's different for all of us. You still get the project yarn, whether you knit it or not!

How do I get specific questions answered?

Can I bring my husband, friend, family member who is not a knitter?
For this event, we charge everyone the same, so that person sharing your room will pay the same amount as you, but you will each pay the shared room rate, which is less than the private room rate. Please read our Notes for Husbands, which pertains to any non-knitters traveling with you. Non-knitters participate in all activities as they choose, including day trips, meals and tours. They'll have a great time!

How do I connect with other knitters participating with Knitting Holiday?
We'll put everyone in touch electronically, facilitating email communication, about three months before departure.

What should I bring?
We recommend traveling light. We'll have a detailed discussion and send guidelines. The Hotel Aak has hairdryers.

Do we have to assist in meal preparation or clean up?
You do not have to prepare meals or clean up. You do not have to make your bed! It really is a relaxation trip with a light schedule and lots of time for knitting, connecting with others, learning and doing what you want. We offer cooking classes at least two days. You do not have to participate and you don't have to clean up. You can just watch or not attend at all.

What is the schedule like?
A balanced mix of knitting, workshops and getting out to see the local sights. The day starts with coffee and knitting in the Hotel lounge, followed by a delicious breakfast in the dining room. From there, we'll either have a yoga class, embark on an adventure, or head to the schoolhouse for our knitting workshop. Most dinners will be at Hotel Aak, followed by relaxing and knitting in the lounge area. The schedule allows for time alone, with others, for walks or reading.

I have physical limitations and wonder if I'll be able to manage this trip?
While we do relax often, we also walk to sites for meals and tours. Longer walks are optional though some short hikes will enhance your appreciation of the natural beauty of the area. We recommend being able to walk about five miles.

What if I need to cancel for some reason?
We recommend travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense should you need to cancel. You can shop through AAA, your travel agent or online sources. The cancellation policy as stated at the bottom of pricing (above):

  • The $500 per person non-refundable deposit is just that: non-refundable.
  • All cancellations must be in writing. Email is acceptable.
  • Cancellation does not necessarily result in a partial refund.
  • We strongly urge participants to purchase travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense in the event of cancellation. Shop through AAA, your travel agent or online sources such as Travelex.

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