The Icelandic Field School is sited at Blönduós, a town of about 865 people in NorthWest Iceland. Blönduós is notable for the Icelandic Textile Centre, the host for our studies; an exceptional Textile Museum, part of Iceland’s heritage trail; and the extraordinary glacial waters of the Blanda River, which is renowned for bird nesting and salmon fishing.
2018 is the centenary of Iceland’s independence, which we look forward to celebrating with community members in collaboration with the Textile Centre . The month of June is particularly active in Blönduós, with the annual Knitting Festival | Prjónagledi now in its third iteration of bringing handwork specialists to the town from all over northern Europe and Scandinavia. This year, Concordia Students helped out local yarn-bombers, dressing up lampposts with characters knit by locals, marking the street route to Festival sites such as the Textile Museum and local hotel.
The area is also a locus of horse and sheep farming. In fact, the lore is that there are more horses and sheep than people in the NorthWest. A four-hour drive north of Reykjavik, Blönduós is also reportedly one of the busiest stops on Iceland’s highway 1, the Ring Road. Like the rest of Iceland, Blönduós benefits from the surge in tourism to the country.