Oh! The Icelandic Weather!

The name Iceland is enough to send shivers up your spine and it’s no surprise that one of it’s distinct features is how uncontrollable and unpredictable the weather is.

On February 25th, actor Russel Crowe told Jay Leno on The Tonight Show on NBC, that the weather in Iceland is very extreme and unpredictable. Mr. Crowe stayed in Iceland last year, during filming Darren Aronofsky’s movie Noah.

Iceland’s hourly weather forecast – Watch out: it changes quickly!

Mr. Crowe is definitely right – It is sometimes stated that we can’t be certain if a day in Iceland will feature sun, rain, snow, wind, hail, fog or a combination thereof.

However, we are fully prepared to face various types of weather. Icelandic wool products have gained a deserved reputation as the ultimate in comfort, style and most importantly, keeping you and your family warm. The natural fibres of the Icelandic wool trap air and warmth inside the fibre which provides incredible warmth, no matter what the weather. Woolen apparel is not only warm, but also virtually waterproof as the wool wicks moisture away from the body, keeping you dry at all times.

Please feel free to browse through our selection of wool products on our website.

Traditional Icelandic Wool Sweaters - available at Alafoss.is

Traditional Icelandic Wool Sweaters – available at Alafoss.is

Emerald Green – the color of 2013

Pantone Inc., a widely recognized expert and market leader in color systems-based communication and color technology, has become a standard in color and their color predictions have influenced all kinds of industries such as fashion, advertising, graphic design, home interiors, textile, architecture, paint and more…

Every year they forecast the color for the year ahead and the due diligence is intense. Last year’s color was tangerine tango, a radiant red-orange color. For 2013, the color Emerald Green was chosen.  The color has been described as:


For more information about Pantone LLC and PANTONE® Products, visit Pantone’s website.

Knitting enthusiasts are no exception and we love to pick out trendy, fashionable and beautilful yarn for our upcoming projects. There are thousands of ideas and we share with you two ideas that we found searching the web (click on the pictures to learn more).

Crochet lace shawl Emerald Green by Berniolie.

Crochet lace shawl Emerald Green by ©Berniolie.
Click on picture to visit Berniolie’s store on Etsy.

Emerald Green handwarmers by Creative Yarn

Emerald Green handwarmers by Creative Yarn
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We recommend that you start your own color play explorations by grabbing a bunch of different colors of yarn from your stash or select through the shaded green colored yarn below.

Green is this season’s black, as the upcoming season of 2013 color trends bring various shades of green, most of them inspired by the trendsetting Emerald Green.


More selection of 100% Icelandic Knitting Wool Yarn on Alafoss.is

Lagður Cushion Covers

Riding the Soft Sands Cushion Cover

Riding the Soft Sands Cushion Cover, Size: 40×60 cm (15.7 x 23.6 inch)

Friends so Fine Cushion Cover

Friends so Fine Cushion Cover, Size: 50×50 cm (19.7 x 19.7 inch)

Flying Frozen Valleys Cushion Cover

Flying Frozen Valleys Cushion Cover, Size: 40×60 cm (15.7 x 23.6 inch)

Lagður the Ram (Hrútur) Cushion Cover

Lagður the Ram (Hrútur) Cushion Cover, Size: 40×60 cm (15.7 x 23.6 inch)

The Pretty Couple (House-Ducks) Cushion Cover

The Pretty Couple (House-Ducks) Cushion Cover, Size: 50×50 cm (19.7 x 19.7 inch)

These amazing cushion covers from Lagður are the perfect gift for nature lovers or for those who want to decorate their homes with a unique and beautiful Icelandic design. The cushion covers have a zipper and pillows are not included. Comes in a elaborate design gift box with information about each photograph of Icelandic Nature.

Feel free to browse through more pictures here.

Tell us your Story

Every year, we get visitors from all around the world to our Álafoss store in Iceland. We truly appreciate that we get the opportunity to meet you all and we would love to hear back from you here.

We have recently made some changes to our local store in Álafosskvos in Mosfellsbaer, Iceland. When you come to visit this important side of Iceland’s industrial history, you now do not just get to see the old factory building but we have also set up a small exhibit of selection of old knitting machinery and photographs from the early days. Continue reading

Reykjavik Bacon Festival in Iowa

Álafoss is a proud sponsor!

These are the fine young men of the Iceland Bacon Board / Reykjavik Bacon Festival that will be descending upon Des Moines to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival on Thursday February 7th from Reykjavik, Iceland. They are standing in front of the Alafoss waterfall and are all wearing Alafoss Sweaters.

From left to right: Jói, Bolli, Bensi, Bogi, Jónsi, Bjössi, Tobbi, Arni, Raggi and Silli.

Follow them on Facebook here.

New Online Store

Álafoss is excited to annouch that we have finally launched an extension of our store in Iceland, by offering a wide range of high quality products from Iceland – to be delivered to our customers around the world – online at http://www.alafoss.is.

Alafoss.is will give you access to Icelandic Wool Sweaters, Wool Apparel and other accessories. All the wool sweaters are hand knitted in Iceland with 100% pure Icelandic wool. In addition to the popular Icelandic wool sweater (lopapeysa) and other wool products such as the well-known Alafoss wool blankets, you may find knitting yarn – Alafoss lopi, Lettlopi (lopi light) and more – pattern books and even free knitting patterns to make your own wool sweater. You can also purchase exquisite gifts and a wide range of Icelandic art and design that are inspired by Icelandic nature.

We look forward to seeing you at alafoss.is.

* Happy knitting *