6 Days Autumn Hiking and Yoga Retreat in Iceland

  • Inspiration Iceland Hörg, 601 Akureyri Iceland

Overview

Iceland Hiking and Yoga Retreat

  • 6 days with instruction
    • Guided walks
    • Daily yoga classes
    • Use of private Jacuzzi
    • Transportation for excursions
    • Airport pick up and drop off
    • 5 nights accommodation
    • All dinners

    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.

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      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    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.

    Pearl of the north 1

    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.

    Pearl of the north 2

    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.

    Pearl of the north 3

    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.

    Pearl of the north 4

    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.

    Pearl of the north 5

    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.

    Sunday

    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.

    Monday

    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.

    Tuesday

    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.

    Wednesday

    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.

    Thursday

    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.

    Friday

    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.

    • Fryord views
    • Lake Mývatn
    • Tröllerskagi
    • River Myrkar

    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.

    Nearby places

    • Akureyri - 5 minutes
    • Fjord, 100 meters
    Activities
    • Hiking
    • Hot spring
    • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Steam room
    • Swimming
    • Swimming pool
    General
    • Café nearby
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Garden
    • Kitchen
    • Lake nearby
    • Restaurant nearby
    • Special menu request
    • Terrace
    Services
    • Convenience / grocery store nearby
    • Free toiletries
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Room cleaning
    • Tour assistance

    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.

    The following meals are included:

    • Dinner
    • Multi-day tours
    • Pamper yourself with a massage treatment
    • Relax in a beautiful surrounding
    • Self-drive tours to the east and west fjords
    • Soak in the private jacuzzi
    • Tour to the sheep round-up in Grenivik
    • 5 nights accommodation
    • Airport pick up and drop off
    • All dinners
    • All transfers to excursions
    • Daily yoga classes (2 - 3 hours per day)
    • Guided walks / hikes
    • Use of private Jacuzzi
    • *Breakfast and lunch
    • *Drinks at dinner
    • *Entry into swimming pools

    Arrival by airplane

    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.

    Arrival by bus

    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.

    • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid 49 days before arrival.

    Testimonials

    • Review by Dave and Nancy Batchelor from Canada

      "The retreat centre where the yoga was run each day was quite special. Everything was top notch, bright, a beautiful view of the mountains. And the special relaxation room was such a quiet retreat. And, not to forget the most amazing sauna I have been in, plus the spectacular outdoor hot tub with a view of the countryside. It really doesn't get much better than this."

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    • Review by Ann Marble from Pennsylvania, USA

      "How can you beat a yoga studio that looks out on the mountains of Northern Iceland? It was the nicest studio I have ever been in, complete with spa, relaxation room, jacuzzi, sauna."

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    • Review by Veronica Bautista from Miami, Florida, USA

      "Wonderful tour guide Andreas who was patient, kind, and a wealth of knowledge. The yoga studio & surrounding area was clean, warm, inviting, and of good high quality. Tours were enlightening. "

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    • Review by Angela Morris from Nashville, Tennessee, USA

      "The retreat center was serene and lovely. It captured a view of the mountains that was captivating and calming. Not only was the yoga space this way, but the entire center was beautiful and relaxing. Every tour we did, both our individual and group needs were met, and it was such a blast. The meals were delicious and nourishing, the tour guides were knowledgeable and fun, the scenery of the town was breathtaking, the yoga was freeing, fluid and healing, the northern lights excursions were magical, the dog scootering and horse riding was magnificent! "

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    • Review by Will Stewart from Austin, Texas, USA

      "The Inspiration Iceland facilities and tours were absolutely top of the line! Andres and Ulrica's attention to our comfort and enjoyment went above and beyond all expectations. They have cultivated a spirit of warmth and togetherness that felt less like visiting a retreat center, and more like spending a week with close friends. "

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    • Review by Mary Farrelly from New Jersey, USA

      "Andreas is so amazing! He has a gift that allows him to create the ultimate experience for all by trusting his knowledge and intuition. The trip to Iceland was well planned and everything, I mean everything was well thought out and went off like clock work! Each day built in momentum. The tours allowed all to learn about the culture and beauty of Iceland."

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    • Review by Rosa McAllister from Maui, Hawaii

      "OMG! Inspiration Iceland has such a beautiful , warm, & peaceful yoga center.... with Ulrica & Andreas the most amazing hosts. They provide not just the perfect place to come together to deepen your yoga practice but also offer incredible spa services & tours of the area that inform & delight. Thank you, for an unbelievable experience in northern Iceland!"

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    • Review by Manuela from Zurich, Switzerland

      "This trip to Iceland left me with a stunned mind, a full and rich heart and a deep connection to the beauty and the sources of mother nature. Andreas and Ulrica, both have -within this short time- showed us, of how to put the passions and love, we carry in our hearts, with a lot of courage into forms or manifestations in daily life, so that others get the chance to share it with us. A true inspiration!"

      "The whole trip was extremely rich in giving us the chances to experience Iceland in many different & creative ways and it seemed to flow very smoothly & organically at any time. Even we were aware, that a big group Retreat like we had, needed to be planed within the smallest details, it kept the character of being authentic and natural. A wonderful gift you made to me and I'm sure, the Universe will take care, that the flow continues."

      "Thanks from the bottom of my heart to both of you for committing to this (life?!) in such a profound away! A true blessing on the northern sky."

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    • Review by Linda Kligman from Jenkintown, Pennsylvania USA

      "Thank you for a truly wonderful experience! and sharing your passion for Iceland, it's people, energy and natural wonders. It was a gift to see the geothermal wonders, the moss & rocks through your eyes, and you certainly took us off the beaten tourist-path to places we would have never found on our own. We definitely benefited from your curiosity, sensitivity, and well-thought through itineraries. Thank you!"

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    • Review by Ingrid Groenen from Harleem, Netherlands

      "Inspiration Iceland is a very reliable and professional travel agency. Adventure and spirit in one! Travelling in small groups, yoga and a personal touch complete their offers. I highly recommend Andreas and Ulrica and will come again to Iceland again myself!"

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    • Review by Wilma Baker from Amsterdam, Netherland

      "Andreas has left his secure life in Switzerland behind to follow his passion: Iceland. He leads you off the beaten track: to the moon and back. He showed me pure, beautiful and inspiring places which have left me in awe and touched my heart. His passion has rekindled my own. It has been a truly healing journey for which I am grateful."

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    Akureyri, Iceland

    Inspiration Iceland arranges open and private yoga retreats in beautiful Akureyri, North Iceland, the land of true Midnightsun and Northern Lights.

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    6 days / 5 nights

    Availability

    Arrival: Sunday September 3, 2017
    Departure: Friday September 8, 2017

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