Woollen circle offers warm welcome

Update: 06-03-2020

The next time you visit Iceland, you may want to woolle […]

The next time you visit Iceland, you may want to woollen yarn take the Woolen Circle . A route near the better known Golden Circle of Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir hotspring area in South Iceland, the Woollen Circle is intended for people interested in wool and knitting.It is the creation of several women in South Iceland, whose common interest is Icelandic wool.

They have set up a website to bring attention to places to visit in South Iceland near the Golden Circle, where you can see high quality handcraft and wool products.There is substantial interest in Icelandic wool abroad, and according to  there are even organized trips to the country, where wool is the theme.The three companies that have joined to create the Woollen Circle all use wool in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.

First on the list of businesses to be visited is Hespa – an open plant dye studio, located west of Selfoss, where you can learn about traditional plant dyeing methods and watch the dyeing process. Here, too, plant-dyed wool yarn is for sale, as well as knitting and crocheting patterns.From there, you can drive east, about 12 km, to the wool store Þingborg, located at Þingborg í Flóa. The store carries unspun wool, yarn and handmade specialist knitting products.

The third business, Uppspuni  the name plays on the words to spin a lie, another 13 km to the southeast, produces Icelandic wool yarn, of various types of density,  in a family run mini-mill.The Woollen Circle suits any tourist interested in Iceland and in knowledge about our culture,” Guðrún Bjarnadóttir, who operates At all three stops, the atmosphere is personal,” she adds.The final stop on the Woollen Circle is the historical site Skálholt, where restaurants are located, in addition to overnight accommodation.

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