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The autumn excites all the senses: the colors of the plants, the clear air, and the sweetness of the ripe berries. The play of color shows the strong energy of nature before the winter silence begins. Slowly calmness is coming: the migratory birds and most of the tourists now leave Iceland. However, life here once again awakens to full power: the berries and mushrooms are ripe, the colors are shining, and horses and sheep are brought back from the mountains to the valleys in huge round-ups. A wonderful time to have an intensive insight to Iceland´s life.
During this retreat, you will stay in private or shared accommodations. Inspiration Iceland offers five bright and spacious apartments in the charming town of Akureyri. The apartments have private terraces and share Jacuzzis between them. Some have views of the fjord.
This lifestyle apartment combines Icelandic architecture of the forties with a completely refurbished house in which all details have been thought of with great care. The apartment sleeps up to six persons and has a jacuzzi for your use.
The apartment is designed with a touch of modern art and with care to detail. You will spend your time in an oasis of peace close to the city. It sleeps four people divided in two bedrooms.
This completely refurbished house from 1920 is a real treasure. Once a revered local shop, it has now been turned into a unique, precious studio apartment. It sleeps up to four people: two people in a bedroom with a king size bed and two people in two beds separated by a screen folder from the living room.
It is a bright, spacious apartment with a private hot tub, terrace, and garden. It offers views over Eyjafjördur and a large living and dining room. It sleeps up to five people in three bedrooms, and it also has a Jacuzzi.
It is a bright, spacious apartment overlooking Eyjafjördur. It features fine silk curtains, Icelandic art, and a large, modern kitchen. It sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms.
Each morning will start with a 1.5 hours yoga sequences that could be held both indoors or outdoors. Most of the hikes will take about 2 to 2.5 hours.
Depending on your arrival time, you can relax in the accommodation or even enjoy a first visit to the swimming pool of Akureyri, with its three different "heitir pottur" (hot pots), and a steam bath. In the evening, you are invited to take a short city tour to show you to your home for the next week. As an introduction to your time in this retreat, a welcome dinner will be provided in this northern Iceland retreat.
In the early afternoon, a drive along the west coast of the Eyjarfjörður to the north before reaching the Sævar ferry. This ferry takes you to the small island Hrísey, which is located in the fjord. A short walk takes you to a magnificent viewing point. This place is considered as one of the most energetic points in Iceland: the perfect place to rest and enjoy a yoga session. Then a walk across the island to have a good chance to feast on blueberries. For dinner, Hrísey can let you enjoy the local delicacies from the sea. Back in town, the pool is waiting that opens up fantastic views.
At lunch, the start of the journey to one of the most exciting areas of Iceland: Lake Mývatn. Here, experience the fantastic world within an active volcanic area with its hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and strong colors. The first stop is at Goðafoss, waterfall of the gods. Shortly after reaching Mývatn, explore the diverse landscapes on different short hikes: the pseudo craters of Skútustaðir, the mystical lava towers of Dimmuborgir, and the colorful world of active volcanism in the Krafla volcano, and on Námaskarð. The yoga session will be set on a charming lush peninsula at the lake. Afterwards, it is time to relax and enjoy the beautiful warm waters of the Natural Bath, the 'Blue Lagoon' of the North. Dinner will take place in a cafe at the lake with products directly from the farm. Even at this time of the year, you can be lucky to experience the Northern Lights.
At lunch, a drive north to the peninsula of the trolls. Here you will see one of the most beautiful valleys in the North: the Svarfaðadalur. A drive far into the world of mountains until reaching the old farm Skeið shortly before the end of the valley. This time of year the valley is mostly wrapped in the splendor of autumn colors. Surrounded by the mountains, a yoga session will be done to feel the calmness of this remote area. Then a walk through the idyllic valley up to a small mountain lake. Either you use the time to rest here, or participate in another yoga session. Back in Skeið, hostess Myriam awaits ready for a cozy dinner with wonderful Icelandic lamb or vegetarian.
There is some free time to explore Akureyri or simply relax before going out of town for an inspired hike where you can enjoy stunning views over the fjord. On a scenic spot of this tour, another yoga sequence will take place.
A hike to a charming little jewel in the north on undiscovered paths, following the waters of river Myrkar, surrounded by the mountains of the Hörgárdalur, at this time carrying its autumn dress. In countless cascades, the Myrka water is flowing from the mountains to the sea. The rushing waterfalls give you the perfect setting for the yoga sessions. On the way back to Akureyri, you will pass by a charming pool, and use a short stop here to relax in the warm water before the journey home starts for you around late afternoon.
The hikes go through the diverse landscapes in North Iceland. The duration varies between 3-5 hours and all walks are at a technically simple level. A guide will accompany you on all tours.
This retreat will take place in Akureyri, Iceland. Akureyri is not only a charming town in the north of Iceland but a selected top one-travel destination of Europe by Lonely Planet. It is the perfect location for exploring the north of Iceland. Akureyri in the summer means that you get the full midnight sun experience. It offers as well cultural life, lovely cafés and restaurants, and invites for relaxing walks in the botanical garden or along the fjord.
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All dinners in this retreat are included in the price. Please note that breakfast and lunch are not included. Breakfast can be prepared in the well-equipped kitchen in each apartment. For lunch, you should always have a small lunch box set since you will be on excursions. Dinner is held each night at a local restaurant or café.
Please book your flight to arrive at Keflavík International Airport (KEF). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Inspiration Iceland will pick you up from the airport. Please do not plan your return trip before 4 p.m.
You can travel by bus to Akureyri either on the ring road with bus 57, or via highland. Transfer from and to the bus station is included. Inspiration Iceland will pick you up from the bus station if you arrive there.