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10 Days Transformational Odyssey Iceland Yoga Retreat

  • Reykjavik, Iceland

Overview

Fire and Ice Hiking Adventure and Yoga Retreat Iceland

This transformational journey through the rugged and breath taking landscapes on southern Iceland is not for the faint-hearted. You will not only be exploring thundering waterfalls, glacial rivers, desolate sand deserts, and simmering hot springs, but this adventure will also incorporate a journey into the self. Breathe in Life is proud to welcome you to the adventure of a lifetime!

Highlights

  • A Breathe in Life guide
  • Daily yoga classes and teachings
  • Hiking the geothermal hot springs of Hveragerdi
  • Visit Dyrholaey rock and the black sand beach in Vik
  • Loop the famous Golden Circle
  • All ground transportation
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 10 delicious meals
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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At Breathe in Life Health & Wellness Travel, the aim is to provide comfort on your journey, while maintaining a real connection with the places visited and the importance of a good, quiet nights rest when you are in a new place making the most of your days. All accommodations have comfortable bedding, clean bathrooms and all the amenities, and are locally owned to support the communities visited. The style of rooms vary trip to trip from private luxury cottages to bungalows floating on a lake! Inquire for more details on the accommodations.

Accommodation is twin shared. All the places we stay have wi-fi. If you're travelling solo, Breathe in Life will match you up with another solo traveler at no extra charge, or you can contact them to ask about the single supplement for your own room.

Explore techniques that create integral goal-setting, becoming better leaders in the community, and conquer some basic common fears that may be holding back from finding and living out our purpose.

The daily yoga practices themselves derive from a Hatha lineage mixed with elements of restorative, yin, and tantric. By exploring a series of magical mantras and reality-bending discussions, shaking the foundation of many common beliefs and perceptions is certain. You will be transformed and ready to take life by the horns!

Each day you will be immersed in the stunning beauty of Iceland, exploring yoga, inner growth, hiking, and so much more. Schedule will be flexible to cater to the vibe of the group.

Itinerary

April 27, 2017

Arrive in Reykjavik. Explore, relax, get settled in.

April 28, 2017

Free day to check out the many sites, tastes, and experiences Reykjavik has to offer.

April 29, 2017

Take a mini bus to Hveragerdi, the ‘hot spring capital’ of Iceland.

April 30, 2017

Hike through the geothermal park to visit hot springs and hot rivers and to soak in the beauty of the landscapes.

May 1, 2017

Hop on a bus and head to the black sand beaches of Vik. We will take our time as we drive and stop to view ome amazing sites.

May 2, 2017

Short hike to see Dyrholaey, Iceland’s most southerly tip. Rest of the day is free for you to explore the stunning black beaches of Vik or laze around reading a book.

May 3, 2017

We will then travel the famous ‘Golden Circle’. We will stop at Gulfoss waterfall, Strokkur geyser, + Thingvellir National Park.

May 4, 2017

Surprise Destination

May 5, 2017

Surprise Destination

May 6, 2017

Depart Home.

  • Go hiking through the geothermal park of Hveragerdi to visit hot springs and hot rivers
  • Loop the famous Golden Circle
  • Visit Dyrholaey rock and the black sand beach in Vik

The retreat will be held in different beautiful places in southern Iceland

Icelandic cuisine consists mainly of fish, lamb, and dairy. Fish was once the main part of an Icelander's diet but has recently given way to meats such as beef, pork, and poultry. Iceland has many traditional foods called Þorramatur. These foods include smoked and salted lamb, singed sheep heads, dried fish, smoked and pickled salmon, and cured shark. There are also many international cuisine options on menus at different restaurants.

  • 9 nights of accommodation
  • 10 meals
  • A Breathe in Life guide
  • All ground transportation
  • Daily yoga and teachings from Alexx
  • Go hiking through the geothermal park of Hveragerdi to visit hot springs and hot rivers
  • Loop the famous Golden Circle
  • Visit Dyrholaey rock and the black sand beach in Vik
  • Activities outside of the ones listed
  • Airport pick up and dropoff (if you book your own flights)
  • Some meals and drinks

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Keflavík International Airport (KEF). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Breathe in Life will pick you up from the airport.

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Calgary, Canada

Breathe in Life is an evolution in travel. They bring people together with the common goal of improving their lives through health education, adventure, and yoga practices.

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10 days / 9 nights

Availability

Arrival: Thursday April 27, 2017
Departure: Saturday May 6, 2017

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