6 Days Summer Solstice Yoga Retreat in Iceland

  • Inspiration Iceland, IS - 601 Akureyri, Iceland

6 Days Summer Solstice Yoga Retreat in Iceland

  • Inspiration Iceland, IS - 601 Akureyri, Iceland

Summer Solstice Iceland Yoga Retreat

North Iceland is the ideal location for Yogis who like to experience the authentic spirit of the island in the North Atlantic, off the bustle of mainstream tourism. World class Yoga combines with the exploration of purest nature settings of excellence. You will experience waterfalls, explore the world-famous volcanic landscapes of Myvatn, soak in the "Blue Lagoon" of the North, venture into the mountains of the trolls and set over to a nature reserve island which is at the same time the second strongest power place of Iceland. On top of it, you are experiencing the real midnight sun all the way.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga class
  • Visit to the Myvatn volcano
  • Island excursions and tours
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • All dinners
  • 6 days with instruction
  • 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.

The daily yoga units will take 2 to 3 hours and take place outdoors in nature. In case of bad weather, there are also indoor opportunities every day.

Daily schedule

Sunday: Individual arrival in Akureyri

Depending on your arrival, you can relax in the accommodation or perhaps enjoy a first visit in the swimming pool of Akureyri, with its three different "heitir pottur" or hot pots, and a steam bath. In the evening, you’re invited to take a short city tour to show you your home for the next week. As an introduction to your time together, you will be welcomed in Iceland with dinner.

Monday: Yoga in the middle of the fjord

You will start the morning with a yoga sequence indoors or outdoors. In the early afternoon, you will drive along the west coast of Eyjafjörður to the north before you reach the Sævar ferry. This ferry takes you to the small island Hrísey located in the fjord. A short walk will take you to a spectacular view point. This place is considered as one of the most energetic points in Iceland and it’s a perfect location to rest and enjoy a yoga unit.

Then, you will walk across the island and marvel at the rich bird life. Back to town, you will get into a warm pool from which you will have a wonderful sight. For dinner, you will still be in Hrísey and enjoy local food. In the light of the midnight sun, the ferry will take you back to the mainland. The hike will be two hours long.

Tuesday: Yoga on hot ground in Mývatn

You will start the morning with a yoga sequence of one and a half hours, indoors or outdoors. At lunch, you will start your journey to one of the most exciting areas of Iceland: lake Mývatn. There, you will experience a fantastic world within an active volcanic area with hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and bright colors. Your first stop will be at Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods.

Shortly after you reach Mývatn, you will explore the diverse landscapes on different short hikes: the green pseudo craters of Skútustaðir, the mystical lava towers of Dimmuborgir, and the colorful world of active volcanism at the Krafla volcano. On Námaskarð, you will take your yoga session on a charming and lush peninsula at the lake. Afterwards, it will be time to relax and enjoy the warm waters of the Nature Bath, the blue lagoon of the north, with views over the Lake Myvatn area.

You will go to dinner at a café on the lake with products directly from the farm, and face to face with the midnight sun, you will make your way home. The hike will be two hours long.

Wednesday: Tröllerskagi, in the mountains of the trolls

You will start the morning with a yoga sequence of one and a half hours indoors or outdoors. At lunch, you will drive north to the peninsula of the trolls. There, you will turn into one of the most beautiful valleys in the north: the Svarfaðadalur. You will drive far into this world of mountains before you reach the old farm Skeið at the end of the valley. Your hostess Myriam will serve you classic Icelandic dishes: grilled lamb, fish, and vegetarian food as well.

Surrounded by the mountains, you will have a yoga session to feel the calmness of this peaceful place. Then, you will walk through the idyllic valley up to a small mountain lake. You can either use the time to rest there or join another yoga session. The hike will be two and a half hours long.

Thursday: Gorgeous view of the fjord

You will start the morning with a yoga sequence of one and a half hours indoors or outdoors. Then, there will be some free time to explore Akureyri or simply relax before you go out of town for an inspired hike where you will enjoy stunning views over the fjord. On a scenic spot of this tour, you will do another yoga sequence. The hike will take one or two hours.

Friday: Yoga at rushing waterfalls

You will start the morning with a yoga sequence of one and a half hours indoors or outdoors. Then, you will hike to a charming little jewel in the north: on undiscovered paths you will follow the waters of the river Myrka, surrounded by the mountains of the Hörgárdalur. In countless cascades, the Myrka water flows from the mountains to the sea. The rushing waterfalls will give you the perfect setting for your yoga unit.

On the way back to Akureyri, you'll have a short stop to relax in the warm water of a charming pool before you start your journey back home at around late afternoon. The hike will take two hours.

We will start out with a tour through lovely Akureyri to get you acquainted with your holiday destination. There will be an excursion every day, the hiking tour on the island in the fjord, the long and exciting tour to volcanic Mayvatn including the nature bath, the hike through the mountains of the trolls, the hike above the town of Akureyri and the waterfall tour on your last day.

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

The price of this retreat includes six typical dinners with vegetarian and vegan options available. Please note that breakfast and lunch are not included. Breakfast can be prepared in the well-equipped kitchen in each apartment and for lunch, you should always have a small lunch box set since you will be on tours. Dinner is held each night at a local restaurant or café.

  • Enjoy sauna sessions at the spa
  • 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

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.

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • All dinners
  • All tour transfers mentioned in the program
  • Daily 2 or 3 hours yoga class
  • Guided walks
  • Island excursions
  • Myvatn tour with nature bath
  • Towels and made beds
  • Troll mountains tour
  • Use of private Jacuzzi
  • Visit to the Myvatn volcano
  • Waterfall tour
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Drinks at dinner
  • Entry into swimming pools
  • Spa treatments

Arrival by airplane

You will be flying to Keflavik International Airport, 50 kilometres from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. From there you will need to transfer to the domestic airport in Reykjavik. Inspiration Iceland will pick you up at Akureyri airport.

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 60 days before arrival.

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    Review by Gianna Reccavallo from Switzerland

    PROS Pros: Eine tolle Woche mit vielen Highlights. Das Programm war super, diesen Retreat werde ich nicht mehr vergessen - eine wunderschöne Erfahrung. Ein grosses Dankeschön an Ulrica und Andreas.

    Organizer response: Heartfelt thanks for reviewing us. We had a wonderful group together to explore the North and explore ourselves. We are very happy to see that our brandnew yoga centre gets fantastic reviews and feedback. It is such a wonderful spot on Earth - until we meet again. Grazie mille a te!

    2017-Jun-28 04:44:31

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    Review by Janet Evans from Great Britain

    Iceland break

    CONS Cons: The weather was cloudier and wetter than expected - but Andreas did his best to work around it. The hikes were a little too fast to really enjoy every aspect of the view, geology, flora and fauna.

    PROS Pros: The group leaders were very friendly and welcoming. The yoga room was enviable and scenery spectacular.

    Organizer response: Thank you very much for reviewing us. We just spent another yoga & hike week with temperatures over 20 Celsius (68 F) and endless sunshine. So the weather is whatever it is - but the great news is that North Iceland is the driest part of Iceland. So we are ideally located - additionally we are undertaking off the beaten track excursions in enchanting land and are having lunch in hidden or not pubblicly accessible "restaurants". In each group we are aiming at balancing yin & yang, activity & relaxation and of course this is a fine line. So whilst some may perceive the speed of the hike slow, others may perceive it as fast - and yeah it is of course true - we should just endlessly marvel at the beauty of nature. Feel welcome again and again and inspired by the spirit of the North!

    2017-Jun-27 13:35:22

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    Review by Anonymous

    Amazing week!

    2017-Sep-19 13:43:36

  • Review by Luba from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "It was an extraordinary experience that exceeded all my expectations and was so very satisfying on both a physical and emotional level. Discovering Iceland was magnificent and meeting the people at my retreat was a profound and healing experience. The organizers, Andreas and Ulrica, are very professional and go beyond the call of duty to make sure everyone is taken care of in all ways. I cannot say enough good things about Inspiration Iceland and the experience they offer."

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    "It is no wonder Inspiration Iceland gets such consistently high ratings and reviews as they provide a remarkable experience for their guests. My expectations for this yoga retreat and tour were high, but they exceeded all of them and left me wishing I could have stayed longer."

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    "Andreas and Ulrica are a dynamic duo whose combination of gifts are rare and exceptional. Andreas can converse fluently in a multitude of languages, and as a tour guide, he is animated and profoundly knowledgeable - he seems to know every nook and cranny of northern Iceland, including hidden gems of locations that most tourists would not have an opportunity to explore or encounter. We were consistently dazzled by the wondrous sites and landscapes to which we were introduced or hiked through."

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    "Ulrica, who leads the yoga retreat component, is an authentically joyous spirit with a wide breadth of knowledge about yoga and meditation. Her innate teaching skills result in a yoga practice that is meaningful, healing, gentle or challenging as needed, and suitable for all levels, whether an absolute beginner or a seasoned advanced practitioner. Although we experienced profound moments, there was also a lot of laughing involved."

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    "Both the studio/spa and the apartments where retreaters are lodged were of a superior quality. The yoga studio looks out onto a mountain and its gardens are full of beauty and whimsy. The spa's facilities have been constructed with great attention to detail and comfort and with creating an atmosphere of tranquility and luxury. And the Pearl of the North apartments were superb accommodations. Convenient to central Akureyri, bright and spacious, well-laid out, and with all the conveniences one could ever need, they were a great home-away-from-home for even the most finicky of travelers."

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    "Andreas also made sure that we were all well taken care of as far as meals. He has sourced out the best restaurants in the area whose mandate is to provide fresh, healthy and very delicious menus. I was a bit concerned before arriving due to a number of food sensitivities, but Andreas went out of his way to check in with me to make sure I had options. I did and more - thank goodness for all the hiking and physical activity!"

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    "Overall, I cannot say enough about what a well-planned and complete adventure this was. But aside from all the physical aspects of the retreat, it was wonderful to spend time with international guests who helped expand my world view. It's going to be very difficult to surpass this retreat experience."

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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 United States

    "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 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 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 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 United States

    "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 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 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 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 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 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 Midnight sun and Northern lights.

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