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Immerse yourself in the magic of the Icelandic landscapes at 66° North: white-blanketed nature conveys calmness and harmony while giving space for enjoyable activities. Experience the quietest time of the year in Iceland and enjoy the wonderful winter activities. The sun casts its golden light over the flat snowy landscape and at night often the Northern Lights are dancing across the sky - it's an enchanted world of silence which radiates at a great deal of power. When it's really cold outside, the warm pools give their full blessing.
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. Modern art is at home here in the cozy atmosphere of this spacious apartment. You can also enjoy the fresh Icelandic air by sitting out on the terrace, having a barbecue, playing in the garden, or relaxing in the hot tub.
Pearl of the North is located in a quiet residential area and yet only a few steps away from the charming town center, the swimming pool, the playground, and the shopping mall. This is an ideal location for those who like privacy, comfort, lots of space, art, and uplifting surroundings.
You will stay for 5 nights in shared double or single room with extra charge in modern and charming apartments, within walking distance to the most beautiful corners of the small town Akureyri. The apartments have their own outdoor jacuzzi in the garden
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.
Depending on your arrival, you can relax in the accommodation, or perhaps 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, we invite you to take a short city tour to get acquainted with your new hometown As an introduction to our time together we welcome you here in the North with a dinner in a retro restaurant in Akureyri.
In the morning we start out with a yoga session at our new Yoga & SPA center. Thereafter, we are going to have lunch at our retro café/restaurant in Akureyri. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to meet our charming huskies and have an experience of dogsledding. Everyone must try it, for some of our participants, it is an experience of a lifetime. After the dogsledding and time spent with our huskies, we are going to soak in our brand-new SPA and relax in our swinging SPA lounges.
We start the morning with a yoga sequence at the fabulously in nature nestled yoga center. A 1.5 hrs indoor practice awaits you. After lunch, we go for an inspired hike above the cliffs of Akureyri. On the way up to the cliffs we stop in a scenic spot for an ever-new yoga practice. Once we have reached the height of the cliffs, we enjoy an amazing view over the fjord and mountains all the way.
Upon our return from the longest hike of the week, we drive over to our Yoga & PSA center to relax in the brand-new SPA. Finally, we have another hearty meal in a cozy restaurant in Akureyri.
We start the day earlier with a morning yoga sequence indoor. In the late morning we drive north to the peninsula of the trolls. Here we turn into one of the most beautiful valleys in the North: the Svarfaðadalur. We drive far into this world of mountains before we reach the old farm Skeið at the end of the valley.
This time of year, the valley is usually dipped in a winter dress and it almost looks like the mountains are covered with cream. We snowshoe/hike through the idyllic valley up to a small mountain lake. We might do some yoga or just enjoy the quietude amongst magnificent pyramid mountains.
Back at the farm Skeid, our hostess Myriam welcomes us in her cozy renovated barn with a wonderful Icelandic lamb lunch alongside with other local delicacies. (vegetarian option available). We not only enjoy the hearty meal but as well the serenity of this peaceful place. Back home you can enjoy time in your own outdoor jacuzzi at the apartment
In the morning we start out with a yoga session at our new Yoga & SPA center. We then have lunch in town. Afterward, we begin our journey to one of the most exciting areas of Iceland: Lake Mývatn. Here we experience the fantastic world within an active volcanic area with its hot springs and the steaming and bubbling mud pools.
Our first stop is at Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods with its magnificent icicles. Shortly after we reach Mývatn. We explore the diverse landscapes on different short hikes: the pseudo craters of Skútustaðir, the mystical Lava towers in Dimmuborgir, the continental divide and the geothermal area at Námaskarð.
Then it's time to relax in the wonderfully warm water of the Nature Baths, the 'Blue Lagoon' of the North Let yourself be enchanted with the breathtaking landscape. With clear skies and cold temperatures, we have a very good chance to experience the dance of the Northern Lights on our way back to Akureyri
In the morning we start out with a yoga session at our new Yoga & SPA center. We are going to have lunch at our retro café/restaurant in Akureyri. Then we head out for a new adventure. We drive along the west coast of Eyjafjörður to the north before we reach the Sævar ferry.
This ferry takes us to the small island Hrísey located in the fjord. A short walk takes us to a spectacular viewpoint. This place is considered one of the most energetic spots in Iceland- a perfect location to rest and enjoy a yoga unit. Then we snowshoe/hike onward down to spectacular cliffs and are awestruck as the waves splash against the cliffs. Back to the village, we soak in the warm local pool. For the more courageous one, a jump into the sea is just a step away!
*Yoga: 2 hours
In the morning we start out with a yoga session at our new Yoga & SPA center. After a warm soup at our center, we leave for the last snowshoe hike straight from the Yoga & SPA center. We gradually gain height on the eastern shore of the fjord and then once again opens up a wide view over the Eyjarfjörður: a good point in time to say farewell to the North of Iceland. We then will bring you back to Akureyri where you can enjoy the charming town before departing back to Reykjavik.
We start the morning with our final yoga sequence 1.5 hrs indoor and thus close the yoga circle. After a break, we head out south to get to know the closer area of Akureyri. Our first stop is dedicated to hidden waterfalls. We stroll along this river, marvel at the rushing waterfall and integrate the experiences of the week.
On the yoga rock you can for the last time transcend space and time in a yoga posture. Afterward we head to one of the last six remaining turf house churches, an insight into life in Iceland throughout the ages. Then we continue our loop to a farm that produces their own ice cream. That is the chance for you to enjoy an excellent ice cream that is produced on location it doesn't get more local.
Then we drive back to Akureyri and drop you either at the bus station, a guesthouse (if you stay another night) or the local airport. Please book your departure between 4 and 6pm.
Excursion to the island of Hrisey "Pearl of the North" with an experienced guide, a nature reserve in Northern Iceland, including ferry ticket as well as entrance to the swimming pool
Tour to the famous Myvatn area with an experienced guide, including admission to the "Myvatn Nature Baths"
Excursion to Tröllaskagi, the "Troll Mountains", with an experienced guide
Excursion to the famous Goðafoss waterfall
Hike over the cliffs of Akureyri (in Autumn time)
Ulrica Seiler is a certified yoga teacher and a doctor of traditional Chinese or Oriental medicine. She received her first yoga instruction in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. Upon her return to Switzerland, she continued her yoga studies and received certification as a yoga teacher from the Swiss Yoga Association in 2001. In the following years, Ulrica continued her training in the US, India, and England and was awarded the Inspired Anusara Yoga Teacher in New York. Ulrica graduated in the five pillars: acupuncture, herbology, tuina massage, Qi Gong, and nutritional science.
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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Four lunches and two dinners are included in this retreat. Breakfast can be prepared in the well-equipped kitchen in each apartment. You need to bring along a packed lunch or sandwich or snack on the Myvatn day.
There are so many options of things that you can do in your free time, such as:
You can book high-quality treatments like sauna sessions, massage with stones, Ayurvedic massage, classical massage, acupuncture, or a raindrop massage in the spa in your free time. Along with the treatment, you can use the whole spa area for free.
Please book your flight to arrive at Akureyri Airport (AEY). Inspiration Iceland will pick you up at the airport. They will start with pickup at Akureyri Airport at 16:55 and 19:40.
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.
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