Private 1-Hour Skrimsli “Wool Monster” Workshop with Folklore Tour in Gardabaer

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Garðabær, Iceland
1 hour
All year
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Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Iceland by joining this one-hour wool monster-making workshop in Gardabaer. Families and groups of travelers who want to create their own souvenirs to take home while learning about Icelandic folklore should book a spot in this private workshop today.

Your fascinating journey into the world of the Skrimsli wool monster begins in Gardabaer, a picturesque municipality in the Capital Region of Iceland. The town is accessible by private and public transportation and is just 10 minutes away from Reykjavik.

As you step into the cozy workshop in Gardabaer, you'll be greeted by your friendly guide, an expert in Icelandic mythology and folklore. For your comfort, the workshop room features a cozy interior and decor, with warm sofas, chairs, and tables.

Outside the workshop room, a breathtaking view of the scenic bay and vibrant city will welcome guests. If you join during the winter, you may even see the majestic northern lights dancing above the skies.

Your guide will start the private tour by sharing exciting local tales surrounding the legendary Skrimsli. In Icelandic folklore, a Skrimsli refers to a mythical creature or a wool monster. The term is also often used to describe a large or fearsome creature with shaggy fur or wool.

According to Icelandic stories, Skrimsli avoids human contact and prefers being solitary in the hidden landscapes of Iceland. Sometimes, it is depicted as a guardian or protector of nature.

With the folklore fueling your imagination, it's time to bring your Skrimsli to life. Inside the workshop, you'll first create the body of the wool monster. Choose from different colors of wool fabric before stuffing cotton or other materials inside.

Next, you have to pair the body with hair, tail, horns, hands, and feet. The guide will provide a wide selection of these Skrimsli body parts. You're free to choose anything you want that matches your wooly monster's personality.

As you make your souvenir, your guide will continue entertaining you with captivating stories. Learn about the significance of wool in Icelandic culture and textiles that protect against the unpredictable weather of Iceland, particularly during winter.

Throughout the workshop, you can ask questions, interact with fellow participants, and share your experiences. The atmosphere will be lively and cordial.

The final touches you can add to the wooly monster are eyes, mouth, and additional patches. After this, the guide will sew everything together to make your Skrimsli toy come to life.

By the end of the workshop, you'll complete your unique Skrimsli wool monster toy, a tangible reminder of your journey into Icelandic folklore. If you want to take home additional souvenirs, you can buy local books, gift cards, and more wool monster toys on-site.

Join this one-hour workshop near Reykjavik to create your own Skrimsli toy while learning about the folklore of Iceland. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Skrimsli-making workshop
English-speaking guide
Refreshments (coffee, tea, or soda)
Private tour experience


Cultural Activity

What to bring

Comfortable and warm clothing
Comfortable footwear


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