2015 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence

We are very pleased to announce that Alafoss Wool Store has just been awarded the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for 2015. This prestigious award recognises businesses that consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travellers and have have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

2015 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence

Thank you to all our friends that have taken the time to review our store after visiting us in Iceland – we truly appreciate it! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Best regards,

Alafoss Wool Store

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Hekla Aurora – a northern lights theme Icelandair airplane!

Icelandair just introduced Hekla Aurora, a northern lights themed airplane and the newest member of their fleet. Not only is this Boeing 757 wrapped in this exquisite livery, but in addition, Hekla Aurora’s interior is illuminated with beautiful one-of-a-kind mood lighting recreating the fabulous display of the northern lights (Aurora Borealis).

Pictures from Icelandair’s website:
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We had the opportunity to view this amazing airplane and go on board – truly amazing!
hekla aurora Icelandair northern lights airplane

You can read more about the Hekla Aurora on Icelandair’s website here and make sure you watch the video of the how they created this amazing northern lights themed airplane. It is truly amazing!!

We hope you will be able to visit Iceland one day – and hopefully on board this awesome airplane with a true Icelandic northern lights experience. If you have already been on board, make sure you post pictures of your experience and mark them with the hashtag #mystopover.

Traveling through Iceland, make sure you include a stopover in Iceland so you can come and visit us in our store. 🙂

We look forward to meeting you!

Álafoss Wool Store

Alafoss Wool Blankets – The perfect gift!

The Alafoss Wool blankets are cozy, warm and a very popular gift item, especially over the holiday season.

Below you can see all the various different styles and colors with traditional Icelandic wool patterns. All of the blankets are warm, soft and breathable and are made of 100% pure Icelandic Wool. Due to the fine quality of the wool, the throws are very long-lasting but soft at the same time.

We may be biased, but we feel like the Icelandic wool blankets are a must for every home.

You can click on the caption of each picture of the blankets below to learn more about styles, sizes and prices.

* blankets * homedecor * decor * gifts  * giftideas * interiordesign  * home * wedding * icelandic *

Puzzled by Iceland

Puzzled by Iceland is an Icelandic jigsaw puzzle company that was founded in 2010. It is made up of two blue-eyed, blond-haired moms, Þóra Eggertsdóttir and Guðrún Heimisdóttir. They were two friends on maternity leave who wanted to do something fun and make a living out of it.

The result, the beautiful puzzles by Puzzled by Iceland, 48 and 500 piece puzzles with stunning photos of Icelandic nature, landmarks and animals. Inside each box is a larger picture of the puzzle as well as fun facts about the picture.

Click here to shop or on the caption of each picture below to learn more about each puzzle.

Puzzled by Iceland – Take a piece of Iceland with your for some peace of mind

Small Eruption North of Vatnajokull Glacier

Key points at this time: 

  • No immediate threat to people or populated areas
  • Airspace and all airports, international and domestic, are open.
  • No volcanic ash has been detected with radar systems
  • There are no signs of flooding

Volcanic Activity

An eruption has started North of Vatnajökull Glacier. No volcanic ash has been detected with the radar system at the moment. The wind conditions in the area are wind blowing toward NW at 12 m/s at 5 km altitude. Seismic eruption tremor is low indicating effusive eruption without significant explosive activity.

At this time there are no signs of immediate danger or flooding in the area, and nothing to indicate that this will affect flight traffic.

The aviation warning area has been reduced to 5.000 foot altitude. All Icelandic airports in Iceland are open. The Icelandic Transport Authority has issued a restricted area three nautical miles around the volcano and up to 5000 ft. over the ground.

Precautionary measures

Because of this The Police authorities have decided to close and evacuate the area North of Vatnajökull. This decision is a safety measure. The eruption is in an uninhabited area, but there are hiking trails in the area. No civilians are considered to be in any danger at this time.

The Icelandic Met Office has raised the aviation color-code to red over the eruption site, in accordance with procedure. The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, has decided to raise the Civil Protection phase to emergency phase, due to the eruption. This is also in accordance to procedure.

All roads leading into the area are closed as they have been since the seismic activity began in Bardarbunga on the 19th of August. Anyone travelling in the area or planning travels in/close to the area is referred to Safetravel.is.

Follow updates on Iceland.is for further developments.

Handmade Icelandic Volcano Soap

Have you checked out our handmade Icelandic soaps that are 100% natural with no preservatives or chemicals? They are handmade in small batches; hand-stirred, poured, hand-cut and labeled and cured for four weeks before sold.

Plus they have REAL Volcano ash from the volcanic eruption from Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 and the other has pure glacier water from a glacier (Snæfellsjökull) located in the west part of Iceland.

Volcano Soap

The Volcano Soap Bar is made with real volcano ash from Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland. The ash gives the soap a mild scrubby effect. This soap will gently remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin fresh, soft and nourished. All natural ingredients. This soap has a mild scent of spices. For all skin types. Ingredients: Olive oil, water, coconut oil, Shea-butter, lye, apricot oil, cocoa butter and volcano ash. Weight approx. 80gr (3oz.)

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Glacier Soap

The Glacier Soap bar is made with pure Glacial water from Snæfellsjökull. With Shea-butter the skin will be smooth and nourished. Good for all skin types. This soap has a mild scent of the fresh mountain air. Ingredients: Coconut oil, Olive oil, water, Shea-butter, lye, apricot oil, cocoa butter. Weight approx. 80gr (3oz.)

Glacier Soap Bar

Birch Soap

The Birch Soap bar is a soap for sensitive skin made with Betula (Birch) oil. Mild scrub effect. Only all natural ingredients are used and no preservatives or chemicals added. Ingredients: Coconut oil, Olive oil, Macadamia-nut oil, Sweet Almond oil, Hemp-seed oil, Birch oil, Shea-butter, Dried Birch leafs, Essential Oils: Sweet Birch oil. Weight approx. 80gr (3oz.)

Birch Soap

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The Little Icelandic Soap Factory is an Official EU Soap Maker and Soapguild.org member.

Shop 100% Handmade Icelandic Soaps here

Instagram @alafoss

Have you tried knitting with Icelandic wool? It’s unique and different and a must try if you have never knitted with Icelandic lopi yarn before.

Show us what you have been working on by sharing pictures of your knitting projects on Instagram.

Tag them with any of the following so we can find you 🙂

@alafoss #alafoss #alafosslopi #lettlopi #einband #plotulopi #lopi #icelandicwool 

Álafoss Lopi

Bulky yarn: 100% new wool. 100 g (3.5 oz.) approx. 100 m. (109 yd.). 

Gauge: 13 sts to 10 cm(4″) over St st using size 6-6½ mm (Old UK 4-3) (US 10-10).

Léttlopi

Worsted weight yarn: 100% new wool. 50 g (1.7 oz) approx. 100 m  (109 yd).

Gauge: 18 sts to 10 cm (4″) over St st using size 4½ – 5  mm (Old UK 7-6) (US 7-8).

Plötulopi

Unspun yarn: 100% new wool. 

Gauge-1 ply: 19 sts to 10 cm (4″) over St st using size 4½  mm (Old UK 7) (US 7).

Gauge-2 ply: 14 sts to 10 cm (4″) over St st using size 5½  mm (Old UK 5) (US 9).

Since Plötulopi is an unspun yarn, it is fragile to knit; however, due to the length of its fibres, it knits into a sweater that is both sturdy and soft. Sold by weight as a one-ply, flat roll, called a “plate”. Plate approx. 110 g (3.85 oz).  approx. 300 m (328 yd). 

Einband

Lace Weight Yarn: 100% wool, 50 gr (1.7 oz) approx. 250 m (273yd).

Gauge: 30 sts to 10 cm (4″) over St st using size 2½  mm (Old UK 13) (US 1).

Gauge: 17 sts to 10 cm (4″) over St st using size 4  mm (Old UK 8) (US 6).
Gauge: 15 sts to 10 cm (4″) over St st using size 6  mm (Old UK 4) (US 10).

Garments made from Einband stretch and are therefore difficult to measure until they have been washed. It is recommended that you make a swatch, rinse and block it and then measure it when dry to find the exact gauge and needle size to achieve accurate measurements in the finished piece. After washing, the wool becomes soft and manageable.

Scavenger Hunt in Alafoss

varmarskoli

We got a pleasant visit from our neighbor school Varmárskóli in Mosfellsbær, where a group was participating in a scavenger hunt. One of the goals was to hug and lift up a foreign visitor in our store. 

Thanks for visiting us!!